TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Governor Laura Kelly opened the Pandemic Assistance and Vaccine Equity Grant program to provide additional funds to community organizations to help raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To reaffirm her administration’s support for the efforts of local organizations to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly said she has launched the Pandemic Assistance and Equity Grant program. in terms of vaccines.
The PAVE program, launched Thursday, September 16, is a partnership between Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Governor Kelly said the grants provide additional funding to local organizations for their efforts to immunize communities against COVID-19.
According to Governor Kelly, the program is specifically dedicated to reaching high-risk and vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including underserved populations like racial and ethnic minorities and rural communities.
“Local organizations across the state have worked tirelessly for months to increase vaccinations among underserved populations and protect all of their communities from the threat of the virus,” Governor Kelly said. “Through the PAVE program, my administration is happy to support these efforts, empowering local communities to keep Kansans healthy, keep businesses open, and keep children in school.”
Governor Kelly said organizations can apply for grants of up to $ 10,000 to support vaccination efforts. She said the requested funds must be used to support the planning and activities of the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure efficient and equitable distribution. This includes expanding infrastructure and supplies, building additional partnerships, providing additional education and communication materials, defraying transport costs, and implementing and evaluating new strategies for reach underserved populations.
By increasing available resources, Governor Kelly said the state wants to empower communities to promote COVID-19 vaccines while ensuring better access to free and safe vaccines for all Kansans.
According to the Governor of Kansas, funds are available for many types of organizations, including, but not limited to, clinics, community and faith-based organizations, Kansas tribes, nonprofits, colleges and pharmacies. She said the funding did not need to be approved by SPARK.
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