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Local COVID-19 taskforce awards more than $60K in outreach grants

Posted at 10:31 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 22:31:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — 25 local organizations have been awarded up to $2,500 each to support programs designed to educate and engage minority communities about the COVID-19 vaccine by the Tallahassee-Leon County COVID-19 Taskforce.

The funding will go towards proposed programs that aim to decrease vaccine hesitancy and increase access to vaccinations and public health advocates, according to a release.

“The Task Force’s mini-grants will empower trusted local voices and organizations to engage and educate citizens all throughout the County on the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Elaine Bryant, CEO of EW Bryant Associates and local leader of the Task Force. “To really make a difference and ensure people are vaccinated, we must meet people where they are. These mini-grants are part of an even larger effort to engage community leaders and build trust in the vaccine.”

Organizations include nonprofits and faith and community-based organizations across the local area.

The following groups received grants:

  • ALARM International Church.
  • Ayoka Afrikan Drum and Dance, Inc.
  • Bethelonia AME Church
  • Black Men’s Health
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend
  • Callen Homeowners Association
  • China Hill Primitive Baptist Church
  • Fresh Oil Ministry
  • Higher Dimension Church Tallahassee
  • Javacya Arts Conservatory
  • Kingdom Life Tabernacle
  • Life Changers Church of God in Christ
  • Life Church International Center
  • Love & Faith Community Church
  • Mt. Horeb Primitive Baptist Church
  • New Birth Tabernacle of Praise
  • Oasis Christian Center
  • Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church
  • Positive Chuck LLC
  • Prayer Temple COGIC
  • Providence Neighborhood Association
  • Shady Grove # 1 Primitive Baptist Church
  • True Light Ministries of Jesus Christ, Inc
  • University Ministries International
  • Victory House Community Resource Center

Proposed activities and events range from the production and release of targeted public health messages regarding the COVID-19 vaccine to festivals and community events focused on addressing vaccine hesitancy, and virtual educational and awareness events led by members of the faith-based community, the release said.

The funding for the grants came from the Leon County Government.