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  • Health Department offering $1.1 million in community-based grants

    Jul 15, 2022 | Read More News
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    Hands togetherThe Pima County Health Department is inviting community and faith-based groups to apply for more than $1.1 million in grants under a new Fuerza (Strength) in Community Initiative.

    More than a dozen grants with awards ranging from $75,000 and $100,000 each are available to eligible community and/or faith-based organizations, coalitions, and groups in Pima County to support the design and implementation of locally tailored activities focused on community-building in communities hard hit by the pandemic and/or historically underserved communities.

    Applications open July 16 for the funding. Deadline to apply is Aug. 11.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic put our community in Pima County to the test,” said Eddie Diaz, Health Disparities Program Manager for the Health Department. “The purpose of these grants is to address the root causes that led to certain groups and areas having a much harder time than others during the initial phases of the pandemic.”

    Registered 501(c)(3) non-profits are invited to apply, as are local government entities, school districts, and fire districts. Learn more about the application requirements and process, and find a link to apply.

    The Health Department’s mission is to remain committed to supporting a healthier and stronger community as Pima County struggles with the ongoing pandemic.

    “Together, we’ve learned many hard lessons since early 2020, including the importance of collaborating to strengthen support systems across the county, especially for people who, through no fault of their own, do not have access to the same resources or opportunities,” said Diaz. “The grants will help build stronger community partnerships to transform our public health and health services systems as we emerge from the pandemic.”

    Funding for the Fuerza grants comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under the grant National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities.

    Successful applicants are expected to begin work on Oct. 5, 2022.