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AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

DECEMBER 17, 2021

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APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must have documented success in reaching vulnerable populations:

    • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), safety net clinics and other state funded community clinics.

    • Community-based organizations

    • Other organizations with documented success in reaching vulnerable populations. 

  • Eligible organizations are Kansas nonprofits classified as one or more of the following:

    • Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code sub-sections 509(a)1 or 509(a)(2)

    • Government entity with Federal Employer Identification number

    • A religious organization or congregation, including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples with Group Ruling Letter

  • To satisfy federal funding requirements, applicants are required to have a DUNS Number and SAM Certification. Organizations in the process of getting SAM Certification may apply, but awards will be held until the certification is complete.  

  • Organizations that do not meet this eligibility criteria may work with an eligible fiscal sponsor. The eligible fiscal sponsor would be the applicant for funding.   

  • Local Health Departments are not eligible for this grant as they are funded to do similar work through Immunization Action Plans.

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PROJECT ACTION AREAS

  • Increase COVID-19 vaccination capacity across the community, including among high-risk underserved populations. 

  • Ensure high-quality and safe administration of COVID-19 vaccines. 

  • Ensure equitable distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Increase vaccine confidence through education, outreach, and partnerships.

  • Develop and implement community engagement strategies to promote COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

  • Use immunization information systems to support efficient COVID-19 vaccination.

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eligible populations

Six Eligible Populations:

1. High-risk populations: older adults, individuals in congregate settings (e.g. correctional facilities, shelters, etc.), homeless populations, frontline essential workers

 

2. Socially vulnerable populations: residents of census tract with a high social vulnerability index (SVI) ranking Social vulnerability index map

 

3. Underserved populations: rural communities, racial and ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, low coverage

 

4. Critical organizations: include but are not limited to - colleges and universities, occupational health settings for large employers, churches or religious institutions, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) including community health centers (CHCs), pharmacies, long-term care facilities (LTCFs) including independent living facilities, assisted living centers and nursing homes, organizations and businesses that employ critical workforce, first responder organizations, and non-traditional providers and locations that serve high-risk populations

 

5. Vaccine hesitant: vaccine hesitancy refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccination despite availability of vaccination services. Vaccine hesitancy is complex and context specific, varying across time, place and vaccines. It is influenced by factors such as complacency, convenience and confidence. (This description may be qualitative, but you may also use estimates available here Map of vaccine hesitancy for COVID-19)

 

6. Low vaccination rate: populations where the rate of people ≥ 12 years of age with a completed vaccine series is lower than the average for Kansas. Map of county vaccination rates

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REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

Strong applications will clearly detail the following points:

  • Population Served: The population(s) served clearly represent one or more of the populations outlined in the Request for Proposals.

  • Reach: The applicant has documented history of success reaching the population to be served.

  • Proposed Activities: The project activities contribute to the stated Action Areas in the Request for Proposals and are likely to improve health equity.

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FUNDING AMOUNTS

  • Awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000. 

  • Grant terms are a minimum of one year to a maximum of three years.

  • Applications for smaller grant projects are considered for lesser amounts ($10,000-$49,999) with a maximum term of one year. 

  • Administrative expenses are limited to 10% maximum.  

  • All activities must be completed by December 31, 2023.

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allowable expenses

Funding is designed to support:

  • New effort(s), referring to a new project, initiative, or other work in which the organization has not previously engaged.

  • Expansion effort(s), where the organization has identified a sustainable way to serve new populations or additional geographic areas, for example, through a previously established program or initiative.

 

Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Salary and Fringe Benefits

  2. Consumable supplies for vaccinations (gloves, syringes, Band-aids, etc.)

  3. Consumable supplies for education events (printed materials, imprinted items)

  4. Mileage expense to clinic locations (up to U.S. reimbursement rate)

  5. Contracted services

  6. Contracted staffing (vaccine administration staff, data entry staff, etc.)

  7. Leased or rented vehicles

  8. Administrative Expense – Maximum 10%

 

Funding is not available for the following requests:

  • Vaccine

  • Food and drinks

  • Monetary and/or gift card incentives

  • Purchased Vehicles

  • Medical research

  • Contributions to capital campaigns

  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt

  • Construction projects, real estate acquisitions

  • Endowments

  • Grants to individuals

  • Annual fund drives

  • Fundraising events

  • Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945 (d)(1) Candidate endorsements

NOTE

  • Grants are not intended to support ongoing or routine programming or efforts.

  • Grant funds should not supplant administrative fees charged for service delivery.

  • Matching grant funds are not required.

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reporting

  • Quarterly reporting of performance measures will be required for all activities.  Performance measures vary based on grant activity and can be found in the application form.

  •  When you complete the application form, you will be asked to consider the following questions for each activity in your proposed workplan:

    • What resources do you have in order to collect and report the required performance measures for this activity? 

    • What resources do you need in order to collect and report the required performance measures for this activity?

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE

​Requests for funding are accepted between 8 a.m. on October 18, 2021 and 5 p.m. on November 19, 2021 for second-round requests.

 

Applications may be submitted via an online link on www.increasethereach.com

or mailed to the following address (postmarked by

November 19, 2021). Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

 

Wichita State University

Community Engagement Institute

1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 201

Wichita, KS 67260-0201

 

Award announcements will be made December 17, 2021. Multi-year grants may be funded on an incremental basis, contingent upon the budget narrative. 

Applications will be accepted until all funds are expended.  Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received, with review due dates published at www.increasethereach.com.

 

Applications with unallowable expenses will not be considered. Unsuccessful applications may be revised and resubmitted by the next review date. Applicants may apply more than once but may not have two active grant programs running concurrently.

Successful applicants will need to complete all paperwork required for uniform guidance for federal funding (Certification of Disbarment, Verification of Audit Certification, Verification of Fiscal Responsibility). Awards are made contingent upon the availability of funds. Disbursement is commensurate to the length of the grant program, with payments made quarterly. Funds are released after the university completes the contracting process.

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termination

WSU CEI serves as the administrator of this grant opportunity and carries out those functions in a contractual relationship with KDHE. Extension of grant awards through this Request for Proposals is contingent upon the availability of funds from KDHE.

 

KDHE will monitor the performance of WSU CEI against the terms outlined in the contract.  WSU CEI shall provide KDHE with all necessary reports as required by the contract to allow for the effective administration and review of project progress.