All In Washington Announces First Round of Vaccine Equity Initiative Grants with $2.8M for Community-based Organizations

All In Washington Announces First Round of Vaccine Equity Initiative Grants with $2.8M for Community-based Organizations

Original article published by All in WA

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color, including immigrants and refugees, on multiple levels. This impact has extended into vaccination efforts throughout our state. In February, the Seattle Times reported that “While 67% of people who received their initial doses were white, 48% of the state’s cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have been in white patients. On the other hand, Black and Hispanic residents have been comparatively under-vaccinated.”

The Vaccine Equity Initiative was launched to increase vaccine access and education for those most impacted, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Initiative grants provide funding to trusted, community-based organizations that can conduct linguistically and culturally-specific vaccine education and outreach, organize community events to make it easier for disproportionately impacted populations to get vaccinated in their local communities, and address other barriers such as transportation.

We received funding requests totaling over $4.9M for Round 1 (of 4) of the Vaccine Equity Initiative. For Round 1, we awarded $2.8M to 111 community-based organizations across the state. Our review process prioritized organizations serving a large number of people from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, as well as immigrants, refugees, and agricultural workers. Our process also prioritized funding in counties with lower overall vaccination rates.

Thank you to our donors who went All In to help these organizations expand vaccine access throughout our state. Round 1 grantees are listed below.

Vaccine Equity Initiative Round 1 Grantees:

4 Tomorrow will provide vaccine outreach, education, transportation, and address vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging for the Latinx community in King County. 

Afghan Health Initiative will provide mobile, pop-up, and community-based vaccination clinics and registration support for immigrant and refugee populations in King County from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and other Arabic-speaking countries.

African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry will provide weekly vaccination clinics, community engagement and outreach efforts, and registration support for the Black community in King County. 

African Community Housing and Development will conduct linguistically and culturally appropriate outreach, provide registration support, transportation, and interpretation services for the Black African Diaspora immigrant and refugee community in South Seattle and South King County. 

Alefba Group will provide vaccination outreach, education, translation, and transportation services as well as targeted community engagement efforts through radio, social media, and community meetings for Iranian and Farsi-speaking immigrant communities in greater King County.  

APACEvotes will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate vaccine education and outreach to Asian and Pacific Islander American community across King County. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Win/Win Network.  

Asia Pacific Cultural Center will provide vaccination outreach, education, translation services, and registration support for the Asian and Pacific Islander community in Pierce County.

BAVIHealth / Range Community Clinic will provide mobile pop-up vaccination clinics to undocumented and non-English speaking Latinx communities in Chelan, Stevens, Whitman, and Spokane counties.  

Bellingham Public Schools Foundation will provide vaccination outreach, community partnership cultivation, health education, communications, and translation services for Latinx, East Asian, and Vietnamese communities in Whatcom County. 

Carl Maxey Center will partner with the Spokane Ministers Fellowship and Morning Star Baptist Church to host pop-up clinics, provide culturally relevant vaccine education, and address vaccine hesitancy within the Black community in Spokane County.

Casa Latina will partner with UW Medicine and Harborview Medical Center to provide vaccination clinics, registration, transportation, and outreach services for members of immigrant, low-income, and homeless Latinx communities in King County. 

Center for Latino Leadership will provide vaccine outreach and education for Latinx, migrant farm and agricultural workers in Yakima County and greater Central Washington. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. 

Central Area Senior Center will partner with Safeway, Albertsons Pharmacy, and the City of Seattle Fire Department to facilitate distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for seniors, caregivers, and BIPOC communities in King County. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund. 

Centro Cultural Mexicano will partner with UW Latino Center for Health to provide culturally and linguistically relevant outreach, education, and a pop-up vaccine clinic for the Latinx community in King County.

Centro Latino will provide bilingual outreach, education, and vaccination access services for the Latinx community in Pierce County. 

Chinese Information and Service Center will provide bilingual/bicultural vaccination outreach, translation, information dissemination, and access support services. This project will primarily serve Chinese and Russian clients in King County.

Chinese Radio Seattle will broadcast programming and engage the Chinese/Asian community in King County through radio, mobile apps, and social media services. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Seattle Chinese Broadcasting Association.  

Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color will provide vaccination, translation, broadcasting services, and information for the East African and BIPOC community in King County. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle.

Collaborative Effort, Inc. / RAIN Incubator will provide mobile, pop-up vaccination clinics for low income, homeless populations in Pierce Country. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. 

Community Health Care will provide vaccination clinics for low-income communities in Pierce County.

Community to Community Development will partner directly with the Mt. Vernon School District and Peace Health to execute vaccination clinics specifically for the Latinx and Indigenous community in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Washington’s Future. 

Comunidad Latina de Vashon will partner with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to create a community-wide education campaign to dispel misinformation and mistrust of the COVID vaccine and utilize community leaders to disseminate clear and trusted information within the Latinx, migrant worker, and refugee community on Vashon Island. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Latino Community Fund of Washington.

Dignity for Divas will provide vaccination outreach, access support, and transportation services for BIPOC women experiencing homelessness in King County. 

Dominican Association of Washington State will register and engage BIPOC communities by offering vaccine appointment scheduling, physical and virtual community informational forums, and volunteer community ambassadors for the Latinx, BIPOC, and immigrant communities in South King County. This project is fiscally sponsored by Rahama, Inc. 

Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) will conduct vaccination clinics in emergency shelters, treatment programs, and permanent supportive housing facilities for adults experiencing homelessness in King County.

El Centro de la Raza will provide partner and participant coordination, community outreach, registration, and administration of pop-up vaccination events in Seattle and Federal Way for the Latinx community. 

Entre Hermanos will provide linguistically and culturally relevant vaccine outreach and education as well as vaccination registration services to LGBTQ and Latinx communities in King County. 

Equity in Education Coalition will provide vaccination outreach, education, interpretation, and transportation services through culturally and linguistically appropriate methods and messaging for immigrant and refugee communities throughout King County.  

Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle will provide vaccine education, outreach, and registration support for the Eritrean immigrant and refugee community in King County. 

Ethiopian Community in Seattle will provide vaccine education, outreach, registration, and transportation services and support for the immigrant population from Ethiopia and East Africa living in King County.

Ethnic Support Council will provide vaccine, education outreach, pop-up vaccination clinics, and registration support for immigrants and refugees in Cowlitz County.

Families of Color Seattle will address vaccine apprehension in BIPOC communities and families in King County by hosting culturally competent outreach and education events in a virtual setting. This project is fiscally sponsored by RVC Seattle/Rainier Valley Corps.   

Family Health Centers will provide mobile vaccination clinics for farmworkers and agricultural workers in Okanogan County.

Filipino Community of Seattle will provide vaccine outreach and registration support for Filipino-Americans and BIPOC communities in King County. 

Firm Outreach will provide vaccination outreach, education, registration, and distribution support for immigrants and refugees and other marginalized communities throughout Washington State. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Northwest Kenyan Community Association.  

First Chuukes Washington Women Association will provide vaccination outreach and education services for the Chuukese communities in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, and Clark Counties. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Pacific Islander Community Association. 

First Step Family Support Center will provide vaccination outreach, transportation support, and on-site childcare at clinics for immigrant and refugee communities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Gambian Talents Promotion will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate vaccination education, outreach, and translation services to immigrants and refugees from West Africa living in Snohomish County. 

Gather Together Grow Together will partner with community leaders and local organizations to promote and de-stigmatize vaccines and provide vaccination access for the BIPOC community throughout Kitsap County and beyond.

Global to Local will provide outreach, education, and community engagement to increase access to vaccines in immigrant and refugee, Spanish-speaking, and East African communities across SeaTac, Tukwila, and surrounding communities in South King County. 

Helping Hands Project Organization will provide vaccine access, education, registration, and transportation support for Black and other underserved communities in Snohomish County. 

Horn of Africa Services will conduct linguistically and culturally specific vaccine education sessions, outreach activities, and translation services for immigrants and refugees from East Africa living in King County. 

House of Refuge Ministry Outreach will expand vaccine services by connecting clients to vaccine pop-up clinics, providing registration and transportation support for the Black community in Kitsap County. 

Immigrant Guide will partner with International Community Health Services to conduct vaccination clinics in King and Snohomish Counties for the African immigrant community.

India Association of Western Washington will provide trusted community ambassadors to disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate information to educate and assist the Asian Indian community of King County in accessing the vaccine.  

InterCultural Children and Family Service will provide education, registration, and scheduling services for the Black community within King County, especially those who are experiencing hesitancy and apprehension about the vaccine.

International Community Health Services will provide mobile, pop-up vaccination clinics for immigrants and refugees, and low-income and BIPOC people in King County, including people who have vaccine hesitancy and/or are intimidated by or face barriers to access. 

Iraqi/Arab Health Board will facilitate monthly pop-up clinics and provide outreach and transportation services. This project will support Arabic-speaking immigrant and refugee communities including Iraqis, Palestinians, Libyans, Egyptians, Syrians, Moroccans, and Yemenis in King and Snohomish Counties. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Somali Health Board. 

Islamic Center of Washington will provide mobile, pop-up, and community-based vaccination clinics and registration support for immigrant and refugee populations within the Muslim community in King County.

Jesus Is The Answer Church will provide vaccine outreach, education, and access services for the Black and Marshallese communities in Spokane County. 

Khmer Community of Seattle King County will provide vaccine outreach and registration support for the Khmer community in King County. 

Korean American Coalition of Washington will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach, technical assistance, and transportation support for the Korean community in King County.  

Korean Community Service Center will provide linguistically and culturally appropriate vaccine outreach, pop-up vaccination clinics, community engagement, and registration support for the Korean Americans and AAPI communities in Snohomish County.

La Casa Hogar will provide linguistically and culturally appropriate vaccine outreach, community engagement, and registration support for the Latinx, and farmworkers and agriculture workers in Yakima County.

Latino Civic Alliance will provide linguistically and culturally appropriate vaccine outreach, community engagement, and registration support for the Latinx, immigrant, and farm and agriculture workers in Grant County.

Latino Educational Training Institute will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services as well as address vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging for the Latinx community in Snohomish County. 

Latinos En Spokane will connect low-income Latinx and immigrant communities in Spokane with culturally and linguistically appropriate vaccination information and resources. 

Lhaqtemish Foundation will partner with the Lummi Public Health Team to continue administering and managing mass vaccination events for the Lummi Community and the neighboring cities of Bellingham and Ferndale.

Living Well Kent will provide vaccination clinics, deploy community navigators, create and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and offer translation and interpretation services for the Latinx, Somali, Afghan, Arabic, and Punjabi communities in South King County. 

Malawi Seattle Association will provide linguistically and culturally-specific vaccine education in Chichewa ethnic language, as well as transportation and registration support for the Black Malawian immigrant community in King County. 

Mari’s Place for the Arts will provide vaccine education, registration, transportation, interpretation, and translation services for the Latinx community in Snohomish County. 

Mary’s Place will provide vaccine education, registration, transportation, interpretation/translation, and childcare services for families experiencing homelessness in King County. 

MCNA – Muslim Community & Neighborhood Association will partner with Islamic Centers to provide mobile, pop-up, and door-to-door vaccination efforts and conduct culturally and linguistically appropriate vaccine outreach for the Muslim community throughout Washington State. This project is fiscally sponsored by Ar Rahman Tutoring. 

Mercy Housing Northwest will partner with Safeway to provide outreach, registration, and transportation services as well as host pop-up vaccination clinics at their affordable housing properties in Seattle, Kent, and Bellingham. This project will serve low-income, primarily BIPOC and immigrant/refugee populations in King and Whatcom Counties. 

Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center will build on trusted community connections and relationships to provide vaccination outreach, education, and engagement support for BIPOC communities in Pierce County and Tacoma.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Snohomish County will continue to work with medical partners to ensure that BIPOC community members are equitably represented in the vaccination distribution and access throughout Snohomish County. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Foundation. 

Neighborhood House will provide support to BIPOC and immigrant and refugee communities with culturally and linguistically relevant vaccine outreach, education, and registration services as well as host vaccine clinics at community-based sites with healthcare partners throughout King County. 

New Life Christian Church of Seattle will provide vaccination outreach, education, transportation, and address vaccine hesitancy for the Black community in King County. 

North Sound ACH will expand access to vaccinations by providing interpretation, transportation, and registration services for the Latinx community in Skagit and Whatcom Counties.

Northwest Communities Education Center/KDNA will develop an educational radio campaign to promote understanding and trust of the vaccine and share information about access vaccination clinics for farmworkers and agricultural workers in Yakima County.

Northwest Kenyan Community Association will provide vaccine education, outreach, and registration support for Black immigrants and refugees from Kenya living throughout Washington State. 

Pacific Islander Community Association of WA will facilitate monthly vaccination clinics for Pasifika people including Micronesian, Polynesian, and Melanesian communities living in Spokane, Clark, Cowlitz, King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties. 

Para Los Niños will partner with Public Health and Latinos Promoting Good Health to provide essential culturally and linguistically appropriate information, resources, and support on COVID-19 vaccines to Latinx immigrant families in South King County.

PCAF will provide pop-up vaccination clinics, outreach, and registration services for the overlapping communities impacted by HIV in Pierce and Thurston Counties.

Peninsula Community Health Services will partner with the Kitsap Immigration & Assistance Center (KIAC) to serve as a primary mass vaccine site and offer mobile clinics for Latinx and immigrant communities in Kitsap and Mason Counties.

People of Color Community Coalition will provide vaccine education, outreach, and registration support for marginalized, BIPOC, immigrants, refugees, and essential workers throughout Washington State. 

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho will run mobile health clinics that will include vaccinations and the distribution of sanitation kits and Spanish-language educational information on COVID safety, symptoms, testing, and at or near 20 migrant farmworker camps and/or food processing facilities in Yakima County. 

Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest (RISNW) will support bilingual community advocates to conduct outreach and vaccine education, provide registration and transportation services for BIPOC, refugees, and immigrants in Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. 

Refugee Women’s Alliance will provide vaccination education and outreach for the Arabic-speaking and East African communities in South King County. 

Renegades for Life, Inc. will provide education and outreach efforts to support BIPOC communities in King County.

Renton Innovation Zone Partnership will host vaccination events for primarily Black, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Latinx communities in South King County. This project is fiscally sponsored by RVC Seattle/Rainier Valley Corps.  

Sea Mar Community Health Center will provide vaccination outreach, registration, translation, and transportation services for indigenous and migrant farmworkers in Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) will provide vaccination outreach, registration, and access for the residents of Seattle’s Chinatown International District.

Somali Bantu Community Service of Washington will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services as well as address vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging for the Somali Bantu community in King County. 

Somali Community Services of Seattle will provide vaccination outreach, education, and community engagement efforts for the Somali immigrant and refugee community in King County.

Somali Family Safety Task Force will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services for Somali and East African women and their families in South Seattle and South King County. 

Somali Health Board will provide vaccination events, conduct linguistically and culturally appropriate outreach, provide registration support, transportation, and interpretation services for the Somali community in King County. 

Somali Youth and Family Club will coordinate vaccine access and registration for immigrant and refugee communities from Africa living in King County. 

SouthEast Seattle Senior Center will coordinate vaccine access and registration for the BIPOC community in King County.  

Southeast Youth and Family Services will partner with the City of Seattle to host vaccination events and coordinate outreach efforts for the Black and BIPOC communities in South Seattle and South King County.

Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition will provide transportation to vaccination appointments for members of immigrant, refugee, low-income, undocumented, Latinx communities in Spokane County. This project is fiscally sponsored by the Fuse Innovation Fund. 

Spring of Hope International will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services for immigrants and refugees of African origin living in Spokane County. 

Sustainable Seattle will support access to vaccinations, including transportation for Black, Indigenous, Caribbean, Khmer, and refugee women in King County.

Tabor 100 will host vaccination events for BIPOC communities in South and Southeast King County. 

Tacoma Ministerial Alliance will provide a series of church and community-based vaccination clinics, as well as outreach, education, transportation, and other services for the Black community in Pierce County. 

Tacoma Urban League will partner with Ebony Nurses in coordination with Leaders in Women’s Health Program and staff at the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to host pop-up vaccination events for the Black community in Pierce County. 

Teenagers Plus will provide vaccine outreach and education for immigrant and refugee populations across Washington State.

The Maternal Coalition will provide support and information to BIPOC pregnant and parenting people as well as birth workers about how to access the COVID-19 vaccine throughout Washington State. 

The Noble Foundation will provide vaccine outreach, education, and vaccination support to BIPOC communities in both Clark and Cowlitz Counties. 

U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle will provide vaccination outreach to communities hardest hit by COVID-19, with high emphasis in reaching out to Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Queer, Trans, and Gender Diverse BIPOC, immigrant and refugee communities in King County.  

UFW Foundation will utilize their call center to provide the community with vaccination information, provide help navigating the registration process, and send reminders and follow-ups for farmworkers and agricultural workers throughout Washington State. 

United Way of Kitsap County will partner with the Marvin Williams Center to host vaccination clinics for BIPOC and undocumented communities in Kitsap County. 

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services as well as address vaccine hesitancy through culturally appropriate messaging for the Black community in King County. 

UTSAV will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services as well as address vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging. This project will focus primarily on immigrants from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Fiji in Snohomish County. 

Villa Comunitaria will provide vaccination outreach, education, and transportation services as well as address vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging for the Latinx community in King County. 

Wakulima USA will provide vaccine education, outreach, transportation, translation, and engagement efforts for immigrants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zanzibar living in King County. 

West African Community Council will provide vaccine outreach, translation, transportation, and registration services as well as address vaccine hesitancy within the West African and extended BIPOC communities in King County.  

World Relief Seattle will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate vaccine education and outreach to Spanish, Dari, Russian/Ukrainian, and French-speaking populations in King County. 

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services will provide mobile, pop-up, and community-based vaccination clinics, transportation, and registration support for immigrant and refugees, and farm and agricultural workers in Yakima County. 

YMCA of Greater Seattle will provide community health navigation support and pop-up vaccination clinics for African and African American communities in Central and South Seattle. 

Zanzibar Community of Washington, USA (ZACUSA) will provide linguistically and culturally appropriate vaccine education and outreach, as well as address access, mobility, and transportation barriers for the African immigrant community in King County.