Fuerza in Community Grants

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In May 2021, the PCHD was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities.

The purpose of this grant is to address the root causes that led to certain communities struggling more with the impacts of COVID-19 than others. This work includes removing barriers that get in the way of people getting the right information, services and supports they need to stay healthy, safe and well.

Under this grant, PCHD has awarded funding to community partners so that together, we can build stronger community partnerships to transform our public health and wider service systems and build community resilience as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

PCHD awarded approximately $1.1 million of these federal funds to be used to fund 11 grants to eligible community and/or faith-based organizations, coalitions, and groups in Pima County, for the design and implementation of locally tailored activities focused on community-building activities in communities hard hit by the pandemic and/or historically underserved communities. 

Awards range between $75,000 and $100,000 and applications were evaluated by a panel composed of Pima County Health Department personnel and members of the PCHD Community Advisory Committee.  

The period of funding and performance is October 5, 2022 - May 31, 2023.

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