COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects

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Closed (103 total applications submitted)
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The $5M from the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant is intended to advance the State’s work to close racial, ethnic, and other disparities related to COVID-19 and associated chronic conditions. Community-Based Organizations will use the funding for pilot projects to reduce underlying inequities in the social determinants of health that have contributed to disproportionate harm from the Coronavirus among certain communities. 


• CDPH OHE will be administering $5M from the Centers for Disease and Control Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant (totaling $499M) to ~16-30 community based organizations led by and serving communities facing inequities in COVID-19 impacts and infection. Once projects are completed, awardees will be sharing the best practices, outcomes, and impact of their pilot projects to their Local Health Jurisdictions and CDPH, with the goal that successful pilot projects can be replicated to reduce the risks of COVID-19 among priority populations who are taking the burden of COVID-19 impacts.

• Eligible entities must be a CBO with their 501(c)(3) certification or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. Refer to the RFA for complete details on application requirements.

• Allowable activities of these pilot projects must address the social determinants of health and underlying inequities of communities experiencing disproportionate risk of COVID-19 and its associated impacts. Unallowable activities include but are not limited to: testing and laboratory services; contact tracing; media campaigns on handwashing, face coverings, social distancing; data systems; research; skilled nursing facility staffing, or direct services. Refer to the RFA for detailed explanations and examples about allowable vs unallowable activities.

• Project period ends November 17, 2022.

Applicants must submit their application packet to by 5pm PT March 2, 2021. Refer to the RFA for detailed application requirements and instructions.

• Applicants can request from a minimum of $50,000 and up to a maximum of $300,000. o Tier 1: $50,000 - $99,999o Tier 2: $100,000 - $199,999o Tier 3: $200,000 - $300,000

• Organizations can submit individual applications or joint applications with other eligible entities. Organizations can only participate in 1 application and cannot be involved in multiple applications. CDPH OHE encourages diverse and smaller CBOs to apply, either as individual applicants or as a joint applicant with other eligible entities.

• Refer to the RFA for detailed application requirements

• There will be NO one on one (1-1) technical assistance will be provided, but there will 3 opportunities for applicants to ask questions: 2 written question submission periods where answers will be posted on the OHE website and 1 informational webinar walking through application requirements. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the OHE website. Refer to the RFA for the tentative time schedule of events.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Eligible entities must be a 501(c)(3) organization or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3).

Eligible Geographies:

The RFA is open to CA organizations following the eligible entity requirements, except for organizations in Los Angeles County, City of Pasadena, and City of Long Beach.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
After 3/24/2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
16 – 30
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$50,000 – $300,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Grant

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Awardees will invoice the state monthly.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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