National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities
CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) has published a two-year Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)—CDC-RFA-OT21-2103: National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communitiesexternal icon. This non-research grant is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and is expected to award funding to up to 108 state, local, territorial, and freely associated state health departments, or their bona fide agents. This groundbreaking funding represents CDC’s largest investment to date focusing specifically on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19 and will provide much needed support to directly address these issues in communities that need it most. Applications are due May 3, 2021.
This $2.25 billion grant is funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of this new funding initiative is to address COVID-19 related health disparities and advance health equity by expanding state, local, US territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services. The intended outcomes are to 1) reduce COVID-19-related health disparities, 2) improve and increase testing and contact tracing among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities, and 3) improve state, local, US territorial and freely associated state health department capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection (or transmission) among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities.
- Application due date: May 3, 2021. Learn more about the application process at www.grants.govexternal icon.
- Slide deck pdf icon[PDF – 849 KB] from CDC hosted informational call on March 30, 2021.
- Questions and answers pdf icon[PDF – 279 KB] from the informational call on March 30, 2021.
- Expand existing and/or develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services to reduce COVID-19 related disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved.
- Increase/improve data collection and reporting for populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death to guide the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support for COVID-19 prevention and control among populations that are at higher risk and underserved.
- Mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved.
Full and open competition—the awards will be made to state, District of Columbia, local, US territorial, and/or freely associated state health departments (or their bona fide agents). Local (health departments) governments or their bona fide agents are eligible if they:
- Serve a county population of 2,000,000 or more; or serve a city population of 400,000 or more. Population for county and city jurisdictions are based on US Census 2019 estimates.
- City and Town Population Totals: 2010—2019 (census.gov):external icon Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places of 50,000 or More, Ranked by July 1, 2019 Population: April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2019
- County Population Totals: 2010–2019 (census.gov):external icon Annual Estimates for 2019
- List of Eligible Applicants and Estimated Funding Award Amounts by Category pdf icon[PDF – 83 KB]
- Funding and period of performance: $2.25 billion – 2 years
- Award date: June 1, 2021
- Project start date: June 1, 2021
- Project end date: June 1, 2023
Contact us by email at OT21-2103Support@cdc.gov
To stop the spread of COVID-19 and move toward greater health equity, CDC continues to work with organizations, agencies, and communities to ensure resources are available to maintain and manage physical and mental health, including easy access to information, affordable testing, and medical and mental health care. For more information and community resources visit CDC’s COVID-19 Healthy Equity web page.