The city of Indianapolis has announced the opening of the application for a grant program that will award a total of $1 million to Marion County community organizations. The city says the grant will support organizations working to address disparities in health and economic wellbeing that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city says the program is part of efforts to address racial inequities in COVID-19 response and recovery, including the first mobile vaccine clinics for the county.
“For us to emerge from the pandemic as One City, it will take all of us doing our part. That means getting your vaccine as soon as you are able, and continuing to mask up and socially distance,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “That also means getting resources to our neighbors who need them. And there is no entity better qualified to lift up these residents than the community organizations that already serve them every day.”
According to the city, community-based organizations can submit applications for projects promoting the wellness and recovery among the minority communities that have been hardest hit by the virus.
Projects that are eligible for funding include campaigns to increase education about COVID-19 and the available vaccines, mental health services such as counseling or community discussions, outreach activities to disseminate or gather information, and wrap-around services to support recovery from the financial or health impacts of the pandemic.
“With this grant program, we have the chance to break down barriers to health and wellbeing faced by our neighbors and improve our entire city’s recovery from the pandemic,” said Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Health Department. “I encourage organizations serving minority communities across Marion County to visit marionhealth.org/communityrecoverygrant and apply.”
Applications are due by April 30, with awards to be announced May 14. You can get more information and apply by clicking here.