Health Equity

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has been awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Health Equity grant to address the persistent and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on populations at higher risk and populations that are underserved. Together, the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Community Foundation partnered to solicit and process applications from a wide variety of organizations during spring and summer 2022. As of November, the VDH is in the process of finalizing awards.

The Vermont Department of Health will distribute funds on a reimbursement basis to organizations serving priority populations that include: 

  • Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC)
  • People living in rural areas/internet deserts
  • People experiencing homelessness or insecure housing
  • Essential and frontline workers
  • People with disabilities
  • People experiencing substance use disorders
  • People who are justice-involved
  • Refugees/Immigrants/multilingual communities
  • Migrant workers
  • LGBTQIA+ people
  • People experiencing poverty
  • People experiencing mental illness

About the Program

The application period has closed. We thank all of the organizations that submitted applications. At this time, not all grantees have been notified of their awards. The Vermont Department of Health will release the names of all of the grantees soon.

What the program is funding

The Health Equity Capacity Building grants awarded through this program are supporting organizations doing current work and/or looking to build additional capacity for future work to address persistent health disparities and inequities. The scope of funding aligns with the following CDC grant goals:

  • Build community capacity to reach disproportionately affected populations with effective culturally and linguistically tailored programs and practices

  • Build and implement partnerships to align public health, healthcare, housing, transportation, and social service actions to decrease risk for COVID-19

  • Build community capacity with partners (e.g., community health workers, churches, transportation providers, social workers) to reach disproportionately affected populations with effective culturally and linguistically tailored programs and practices for testing, contact tracing, isolating, vaccination, and healthcare strategies

  • Establish collaborations to disseminate scientifically accurate, culturally, and linguistically responsive information and facilitate access to health-related services

Additional Information 

If you are an organization looking for funding for a health equity-related activity, please visit the available grants page. New and varied grant opportunities at the Community Foundation open throughout the year, and the grants team is available to respond to questions related to these programs. You may reach a member of the grants and community impact team at grants@vermontcf.org.

 If you have questions about the ongoing implementation of the Vermont Department of Health grant and the Vermont Community Foundation partnership, please contact Al Belluche at abelluche@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355 ext. 247.