NYC Health Department to award $9 million to community groups for COVID-19 outreach and awareness

On May 11, 2021, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that it is seeking community partners to award up to $9 million in funds to increase vaccine awareness, information, and access.

The purpose of the project is to develop and implement tailored, accessible, and culturally relevant vaccine messaging, outreach, engagement and one-on-one assistance for New York City communities most impacted by COVID-19, systemic racism, and disinvestment. Partners will work to boost vaccine confidence, conduct outreach and engagement, and increase awareness in these communities.

Preference will be given to organizations that are physically located in Taskforce neighborhoods, serve the Taskforce neighborhoods with the lowest vaccination rates, have a majority BIPOC staff and leadership, and/or or have a majority of staff and leadership from the neighborhoods or part of the communities served.

The request for partners was issued by the Fund for Public Health in New York City, on behalf of the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness. Organizations must serve one of the 33 Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity neighborhoods to qualify.

The 33 Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity neighborhoods are:

Neighborhoods Borough ZIP Codes (modZCTAs)
Lower East Side and Chinatown Manhattan 10002, 10003, 10009, 10013
Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights Manhattan 10025, 10027 10031, 10032
Central Harlem Manhattan 10026, 10027, 10030, 10037 10039
East Harlem Manhattan 10029, 10035
Washington Heights and Inwood Manhattan 10032, 10033, 10034, 10040
Mott Haven and Melrose Bronx 10451, 10454, 10455, 10456
Hunts Point and Longwood Bronx 10455, 10459, 10474
Morrisania and Crotona Bronx 10456, 10459, 10460
Highbridge and Concourse Bronx 10452
Fordham and University Heights Bronx 10453, 10458
Belmont and East Tremont Bronx 10457, 10458
Kingsbridge Bronx 10463, 10468
Parkchester and Soundview Bronx 10472, 10473
Williamsbridge and Baychester, Edenwald Bronx 10466, 10467, 10468
Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn 11205, 11206, 11216, 11221, 11233, 11238
Bushwick Brooklyn 11206, 11207, 11221, 11237
East New York and Starrett City Brooklyn 11207 11208, 11239
Sunset Park Brooklyn 11220, 11232
Coney Island Brooklyn 11224, 11235
Flatbush and Midwood Brooklyn 11226
Brownsville Brooklyn 11212, 11233
East Flatbush Brooklyn 11203, 11226
Flatlands and Canarsie Brooklyn 11236
Queensbridge and Astoria Queens 11101
Jackson Heights Queens 11368, 11369
Elmhurst and Corona Queens 11368
Briarwood, Flushing South Queens 11435
Kew Gardens and Woodhaven Queens 11419, 11421
Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park Queens 11419, 11420
Jamaica and Hollis Queens 11412, 11423, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436
Queens Village Queens 11429
Rockaway and Broad Channel Queens 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694
St. George, Stapleton, Port Richmond Staten Island 10301, 10303, 10304, 10310


These funds follow earlier rounds of support to engage community-based organizations in the city’s COVID-19 response.

To apply, visit Applicants that wish to be considered for an award must have their applications submitted by June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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