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Community Collaboration

Community Mini Grant

The Health Education Council (HEC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate the health and well-being of underserved communities by leveraging the power of collaboration. HEC recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has financially, emotionally, and physically affected individuals across the world. Immunizations help keep our communities healthy by making our bodies strong enough to fight against preventable diseases; when you get vaccinated you help protect others as well. Historically, communities with limited resources often face greater challenges that impact their health which include, limited access to a health clinic for routine wellness visits and lack of public health resources near their home. HEC has been working since the pandemic began to reach community members, provide accurate information and provide navigation support, however we cannot do this alone and need your help! HEC is encouraging individual community members or small teams of community members with local ideas and unique solutions that address vaccine misinformation and build vaccine confidence while reaching residents living in impacted communities within Yolo, Sacramento or Placer counties.  

Projects must address at least one of the priority areas below:  

  • Increase access to vaccination clinics and/or routine childhood immunization clinics   
  • Provide education about Covid-19 vaccines and/or routine childhood immunizations (HEC to provide approved educational materials) 
  • Create community support and awareness for routine immunizations and the Covid-19 vaccine 
  • Increase referrals to HEC programs 
  • Help people overcome barriers to routine immunizations, Covid-19 vaccines, and testing  

Example projects include*: 

  • Podcast series on Covid-19 vaccines or immunizations including positive testimony from community members; Host a neighborhood gathering to provide resources on mental health and Covid-19; Create a campaign on vaccine awareness and access in your community; Help organize a neighborhood vaccination pop-up; Reach out to existing networks to promote awareness  

*Please note these are just examples and we encourage creative new ideas that will impact the specific needs you see in your community.  

Who can apply

  • Community member(s) must live in Yolo, Sacramento or Placer County 
  • Projects must take place in Yolo, Sacramento or Placer County 
  • Applicant(s) must be 16 years of age or older 
  • Formal organizations such as 501(c)(3) and for-profit organizations are not eligible and cannot be funded. However, individuals who work for a formal organization and are residents may apply individually.

Projects must be completed by November 30, 2021 and must follow local county health and safety guidelines as noted by the California Department of Public Health. All project materials and messages must be reviewed by HEC prior to distribution to ensure they contain scientifically accurate information about COVID-19. Projects that include virtual or other creative engagement and communication methods are strongly encouraged. Additional safety guidelines can be found here: 

Funded applicants will be asked to complete a brief survey OR participate in a 30-minute interview at the end of your project so we can learn more about your project experience. 

Application and Submission

Submit your completed application in ONE of the following formats by November 29, 2021. Drop off printed and completed Community Mini Grant

*Applications can be filled out by hand with a pen or on a computer by typing your responses into the form. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 29, 2021 but please note all projects must be completed by November 30, 2021. 

If you have any questions about the Community Mini Grant, please contact Ariana Ponce, Program Coordinator, at or call (916)556-3344.