COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement Fund Background and Application

Release Date: August 11, 2021 
*Please note that translation and interpretation services for completing this application are available upon request, please email for all requests. *

What is the COVID Outreach and Engagement Fund? 

Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC) previously established a COVID-19 vaccination goal rate of seventy percent by the date of June 30, 2021, with the goal rate inclusive of all adults, racial ethnic groups, and regions of King County. While an aggregate King County vaccination rate of seventy percent has been achieved, gaps in vaccination rates for demographics disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 remain; to address these gaps, PHSKC and HealthierHere seek to identify and operationalize effective outreach strategies to ensure higher rates of vaccination among the disproportionately affected demographic groups.

Collaborative work with, and the funding of, community and faith-based organizations, are primary components of ensuring increased COVID-19 vaccination rates among disproportionately affected populations. Through the funding provided by the COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement Fund, HealthierHere will facilitate the investment of funds into community-based organizations. Under the guidance of HealthierHere and PHSKC, funded organizations will develop and facilitate education, outreach, and communication strategies to interact with those communities impacted the most by COVID-19, with increased vaccination rate by race/ethnicity as the primary outcome measure of success.

Funding provided through the COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement Fund is intended to increase community access to scientifically accurate knowledge, an understanding of COVID-19 vaccines, and ultimately, vaccination rates; to accomplish these goals, funded organizations will make strategic investments to support culturally relevant and responsive community-based COVID-19 vaccination in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and/or with lower vaccination rates. 
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Who is Eligible?

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Coalitions, community based organizations, faith based organizations, community health boards, or other entities who are trusted community messengers with authentic community relationships.
  • To be eligible, applicant must be part of an organization that has been formed as a legal business entity.  

The following groups are currently identified:

  • South King County residents
  • Communities who identify as Latinx/Latina/Latino/Hispanic; Black; African-born; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; Native/Indigenous
  • Individuals who are limited English speaking
  • People with disabilities
  • Young people and those under 40 years of age, especially those 12-30 years of age, as well as parents of children 5-11 years who will likely be eligible for vaccination in the near future
  • Communities with low COVID vaccination rates

Please note that this list may be updated throughout the implementation of the project to reflect the most recent data regarding COVID-19 and vaccination rates in King County.