Governor Baker today announced the awarding of Health Resources in Action (HRiA) COVID-19 Community Grants. HRiA was contracted by the Department of Public Health to increase the abilities of community and faith-based organizations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. These grants were reserved for communities experiencing the greatest inequalities in the Commonwealth.
The goal of these grants is to allow community-based organizations to develop and deliver effective messages to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, while also support communities with education, training, and funding to meet their specific needs. The messages delivered by these organizations will build off of the state’s public Stop the Spread campaign, as well as increase the capacity in which these organizations work alongside the COVID-19 Enforcement and Intervention Team’s activities in these communities.
Both the African Community Education Program (ACE) of Worcester, and the Worcester Interfaith were awarded funding through this grant program. ACE received $21,400, and Worcester Interfaith received $45,000.
“This grant program will further assist in our fight against COVID-19, and it is especially important in assisting our communities who are most in need,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Both ACE and Worcester Interfaith are extremely valuable organization to the Worcester community, and are crucial in helping in our efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. This funding will assist in their efforts to work alongside the state’s Stop the Spread campaign.”
The Community Grants seek to support organizations serving people of color, with particular emphasis on people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder, a history of incarceration, who are pregnant or post-partum, are experiencing homelessness and housing instability, live in multi-generational housing, have a disability(-ies), and/or have limited English proficiency (LEP). The grant opportunity is supported through federal funding that has been contracted to HRiA for this project.