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Despite generally increased COVID-19 vaccine availability, disparities persist in vaccine uptake, vaccine confidence, and vaccine access.

Community partners are best positioned to understand and address the specific issues of their communities.

IDPH has identified “Target Focus Areas” at the zip code level that could benefit from community partner support. Awards and funds are distributed based on these Target Focus Area calculations.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to award tax-exempt, non-governmental Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with funding to increase vaccine uptake in their areas.

Live in EGrAMS: December 17, 2021

Application Close: January 24, 2022, 5 p.m. CST

Program Dates: February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Location: Funding available in Regions 1-10. Region 11 (City of Chicago) is excluded. COVID-19 Regions

Total Award: $15,300,000, distributed by Regions 1-10 (excludes Region 11, City of Chicago)

Anticipated Number of Awards: 30, distributed by Regions 1-10

Grant Administrator: Gina Crosley-Corcoran, MPH
Phone: (217)741-8571

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ will be updated each week and posted to the “Documents” section of the NOFO in EGrAMS. Send your questions to the Grant Administrator, Gina Crosley-Corcoran at

Click here for recorded Technical Assistance (TA Session) from December 21, 2021:

How do I apply for this grant?

The grant application is only available in EGrAMS. Visit

EGrAMS is an Electronic Grants Administration & Management System utilized by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for end-to-end grants management. This tool allows applicants, grantees, and grantors to interact in a web based setting, enabling greater awareness, accountability, and analysis throughout the life cycle of a grant.

How do I get an EGrAMS account?

Visit to register as a user. Each individual in an organization should have their own user profile.

Where is the grant located in EGrAMS?

This opportunity is listed under the Health Protection Tab, Program Number CVCBEO-22

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants:

How can we use these funds?

The purpose of these funds is to increase vaccine uptake in communities. Examples of allowable program activities can be found in the CDC Guide for Community Partners. This covers the main three Required Objectives of the grant. Please see section “D.6 Funding Restrictions” in the NOFO for a complete list of funding restrictions.

My organization is located in the City of Chicago – does that exclude us?

The grant covers program activities across Regions 1 – 10 (all of Illinois except the City of Chicago.) If your organization conducts activities outside Chicago, you may be eligible to apply, even if your office is located inside Chicago city limits.

My or business registration has expired, can I still apply?

All of the Eligibility Requirements, including any active accounts and business registrations, must be met before an application can be accepted. Applications that do not meet the requirements at the time of application will be deemed ineligible and will not be scored.

Can we get an extension to apply beyond January 24th, 2022?

No, all applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST on January 24th, 2022 in order to be considered eligible.

Last Updated: 1/13/2022