DSHS to Award $10 Million in Grants to Support Local Vaccination Efforts Across Texas

News Release
July 28, 2021

News Release
July 28, 2021

The TexasDepartment of State Health Services will award $10 million to localorganizations working to promote COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. The TexasVaccine Outreach and Education Grant program will provide grants of $50,000 to$150,000 to a wide range of groups engaged in vaccine education with the goalof increasing the number of fully vaccinated Texans and slowing the spread ofCOVID-19 in the state.

DSHSencourages educational agencies, faith-based organizations, governmententities, community coalitions, associations and nonprofit groups to apply forthe federal funds. They will be awarded for projects lasting from six to ninemonths.

“Community-basedorganizations have played a critical role in ensuring people across Texas haveaccess to COVID-19 vaccines, and they have innovative ideas about how to engagethe communities they work with,” said Imelda Garcia, DSHS associatecommissioner for laboratory and infectious disease services. “These grants willgive them the resources to expand their efforts to serve hard-to-reachcommunities that have been seriously affected by the pandemic.”

DSHS ispartnering with Texas A&M University Health Science Center to administerthe Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant program.

Texasorganizations can submit proposals beginning today with award notificationsexpected to begin around the end of August. Priority will be given toapplicants that focus on reaching rural communities, communities of color andTexans with disabilities. To learn more about the program, eligibility and howto apply, please visit https://health.tamu.edu/vaccinegrant.html

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(News Media Contact: pressofficer@dshs.texas.gov)