We work with communities across the state on the health issues that matter to them. We know that community members bring unique knowledge and abilities to support health. This is an important part of the work of our 12 local health offices.
We must also do more to build relationships with communities that experience the greatest inequities. This is a goal in our State Health Improvement Plan.
Community Organizations Receiving Funding for Health Equity Capacity Building Grants
Funding has been made available for community-based organizations that are working to address health disparities in Vermont. Through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Vermont Department of Health has established a Health Equity Capacity Building Program that, in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation, provides financial and technical support opportunities for community organizations to build their program capacity.
“The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on health inequities across the country as well as here in Vermont,” said Deputy Health Commissioner Kelly Dougherty. “We learned many lessons and forged important, new partnerships to support under-resourced communities. These grants and the expertise of the Vermont Community Foundation create an unprecedented opportunity to provide communities with significant resources to address health equity.”
The Health Department has identified reducing health disparities and promoting health equity as fundamental priorities, and the state of Vermont has declared racism to be a public health emergency. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community-based organizations have been key to effectively reaching populations who are at higher risk as well as those who have been historically underserved. The Health Equity Capacity Building program incorporates lessons learned from efforts to protect and promote the health of Vermonters who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage, historical injustice, and systemic racism.
The Department of Health is awarding the Health Equity Capacity Building grants — expected to be in amounts of at least $25,000, with an average of $150,000. The Vermont Community Foundation is supporting the program as a facilitator of the application and technical assistance process.
In addition, through this process, the Vermont Community Foundation will provide opportunities for technical assistance to organizations for building their capacity and infrastructure to meet the requirements to receive federal funds. Those applications were accepted on a rolling basis starting on June 1, 2022. The application process is now closed.
Find out what grantees are working on
For more information, please visit vermontcf.org/health-equity.