National Network to Innovate for COVID and Adult Vaccine Equity

Take action and create change to promote health equity and social justice in communities.

Given the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake and persistent disparities in other adult immunizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that long-term investment in vaccine equity is necessary so that all racial and ethnic groups can fully realize the benefits of vaccination. Through the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Adult Immunization program,  CDC is supporting a network of over 500 national, state, local, and community organizations implementing activities to increase awareness of, availability of, access to, and confidence in COVId-19 and influenza vaccination.  

In response to the above need, The National Network to Innovate for COVID-19 and Adult Vaccine Equity (NNICE)  was established under the leadership of Michigan State University (MSU).  Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) has been awarded funds through NNICE to support this work in eastern North Carolina targeting  the African American population .  Eastern is being defined as counties either east of or intersecting I-95.


Through the above support, CCPH will provide resources and tools to community partners to increase awareness of, availability of, access to, and confidence in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination. CCPH will host a two-tiered Mini-Grants program to support participating organizations. Tier 1 will provide 5 grants up to $50,000 each to large scale organizations.  Tier 2 will provide 15 grants up to $10,000 each for smaller scaled organizations. 

Funded projects must include one or more of the following promising practices:

  • Community-Level Immunization Champion ​​
  • Mass Public Health/ Education Campaigns ​​
  • Social Media Diffusion of Knowledge ​​
  • Medical-system (Local) Immunization Champion ​​
  • Electronic Health Record Vaccine Reminders ​​
  • Community-Based Distribution Sites​​
  • Community-Specific or Subgroup-Specific Public Health/ Education Campaigns ​​
  • Patient Vaccine Navigator​

Participating Counties

What our Principal Investigator says about this project:

“The goal of the grant is to boost COVID-19 and other adult vaccine literacy, confidence, access and receipt.”

““We will implement community-driven interventions that make a real difference in these communities and build an evidence base for innovative strategies moving forward.”

“We will implement innovative strategies with communities as equitable partners in the work and engage multiple sectors of society.”    

Debra Furr-Holden, PHD, source


Debra Furr-Holden


Debra Furr-Holden

Debra Furr-Holden, PHD

Principal Investigator

Al Richmond, MSW

Partner Lead


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals or organizations (non-profit, religious, community-based, small business, etc;) that serve African-American, are able to implement one or more of the promising practices), and commit to servicing selected communities located in Eastern North Carolina.  
Q: What counties will funds support implementation within? 
Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Camden, Chowan, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson
Q: How are applications submitted?
Applications must be submitted online here. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on  January 7th.   
Q: How long will my application be saved online? 
Application responses will be saved within the application for one week. Please save your responses in a separate location to check word count and to have as a backup. 
Q: Can I request an extension to complete the application? 
There are no plans to offer an extension.
Q: What is a large-scale project?
Large scale projects are those that reflect a significant scope of work that will include multiple interventions and/or geographic reach. 
Q: How many events are required during the grant period? 
There is no required number of events. We encourage applicants to use multiple methods to accomplish grant objectives using the outline Promising Practices.  
Q: What are non-allowable expenses?
Non- allowable expenses include but not limited to indirect costs, equipment (over a designated amount), donations, personal expenses, fundraising, and costs unassociated with project deliverables
Q: What is the maximum award amount? 
The maximum award for Tier 1 applications is $50,000. The max award amount for Tier 2 applications is $10,000.
Q: Can grant funds be used to purchase vaccines? 
No, grant funds may NOT be used to purchase vaccines. 
Q: Can grant funds be used to compensate employees? 
Yes, personnel (employee compensation) is an allowable grant fund with documentation and reasonability. 
Q: Can grant funds be used to purchase gift cards?  
Yes, grant funds may be used for incentives such as purchasing gift cards
Q: Can funds be used to purchase food for events? 
Costs associated with food or meals are allowable when consistent with applicable federal regulations and HHS policies. See https://www.hhs.gov/grants/contracts/contract-policies-regulations/spending-on-food/index.html.  In addition, costs must be clearly stated in the budget narrative and be consistent with organization-approved policies. Recipients must make a determination of reasonableness and organization-approved policies must meet the requirements of 45 CFR Part 75.432.)
Post Award Process
Q: How will I know if my application was successful?
All applicants will be notified via email on January 24, 2022 about their application status. 
Q: Can an award be transferred from one organization to another?
Awards must go to the applicant organization.  
Q: Is there a match requirement? 
No, there is no match requirement to receive funds.
 Q: When does funding end? 
Funding begins in February 2022 and ends July 30, 2022. 
 Q: Is there an opportunity to renew funding? 
This is a 3-year award, although we were issued a notice of award for Year 1 only, pending approval for additional years.  There should be an opportunity to renew funding, though CCPH will not be under any obligation to renew any particular sub-awardee). 


If you have any questions, please reach out to Adina Black at nnice@ccphealth.org or call (919) 672-7732.