The LA County Department of Health Services and the LA County Department of Public Health in partnership with Community Partners will be launching the County COVID-19 Community Equity Fund to serve regions and communities disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic through resources and prevention.
The County COVID-19 Equity Community Fund will form partnerships with selected grassroots community-based organizations (CBOs) that possess cultural and linguistic expertise and their community’s trust to reach historically under-resourced and hard to reach communities. Selected CBOs will receive funding, mentorship, training and technical assistance to support their internal infrastructure, workforce and sustainability as they provide prevention services, activites and social and medical resources to their communities.
The funding opportunity will provide selected organizations:
- Funding ranges from $100,000 - $500,000 in funding for programming and services related to COVID-19 relief and resources. The proposed project must serve the needs of the prioritized regions/communities and individuals/groups.
- Capacity building workshops on specialized topics identified by the participants based on current and/or proposed services such as communications, service navigation and financial management.
- Ongoing technical assistance to assist with project/contract management for the implementation of project proposals
- Application assistance for qualified organizations.
Questions? Contact us at CCCEquityfund@communitypartners.org.
October 16: Application becomes available
Grassroots organizations are encouraged to apply. Application assistance may be provided. Contact us at TAsupport@communitypartners.org for application assistance requests only.
October 20, 2020: Information Session, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Zoom Registration Link
October 21, 2020: Information Session, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Zoom Registration Link
October 30, 2020: Application Deadline 11:59 PM PDT. Tech support for questions ends at 5 PM PDT.
November 12, 2020: Organizations notified of selection
- To reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 by supporting its partners in communities where health disparities from COVID-19 persist;
- To create partnerships with grass-roots CBOs that have cultural expertise and their community’s trust to create additional access points to historically unserved, underserved and hard to reach communities;
- To create a public-private partnership (County Departments, philanthropy, CBOs) that aims to provide funding, mentorship, training, collaboration opportunities and technical assistance to grassroots and other CBOs to support these organizations in building their internal infrastructure, workforce, and sustainability to provide prevention services in communities.
Summary of Funding Program
Community Partners in collaboration with DHS and DPH will implement the selection process and subcontract with CBOs to implement the following types of work:
- Providing COVID-19 updates, resources and relief to the community such as information on testing locations, mobile clinical network care, personal protective equipment (PPE), contact tracing, and/or social service support that promote compliance with infection control and other activities that protect and promote health and well-being. Ensure that resources are accurate, contain up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, testing, case investigation and/or contact tracing, and reach communities most highly impacted by the virus.
- Informing community-based network about best practices and resources to prevent and address COVID-19 in their community. Provide the County with strategic guidance on community experiences with COVID-19 services and help identify gaps and solutions to best meet community needs and preferences while supporting capacity building needs.
- Identifying and disseminating opportunities for community members to stay involved in reducing health disparities related to COVID-19.
- Supporting systems navigation that facilitates culturally and linguistically appropriate connections to wrap-around services that effectively link clients to resources that are critical for successful testing and/or contact tracing.
- Detailed Scopes of Work
The selection of agencies will involve an application review process that considers specific criteria, including but not limited to the following:
- Demonstrated experience providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to prioritized individuals/groups
- Based or has history (and currently) provides services in prioritized regions/communities
- Experience serving target communities for 3 years within the past 3 years
- Experience in conducting community outreach and education for 2 years within the past 3 years
- Experience in conducting system navigation for 1 year within the past 3 years
- Have a 501(c)3 non-profit status or be fiscally-sponsored by an organization with 501(c)3 non-profit status (includes faith-based communities) or run by a federally-recognized tribe
- Audited financials, 990, or other qualified financial statements
- Demonstrated history of local hiring and employing people with lived experience
- Demonstrated history advancing racial equity for prioritized individuals/groups and regions/communities
- Demonstrate in-house or ready access to language translation/interpretation services, if working with limited English proficient (LEP) communities
Other desirable qualifications include:
- Experience in conducting community outreach and education specifically related to COVID-19
- Experience in conducting system navigation specifically related to COVID-19
- Experience in developing in-language and culturally relevant outreach, education and communication materials/products.
- In-language staff capacity.
The selection process involves the following:
- Organizations must apply through the online application portal and provide information about the organization, activities they want to perform, their qualifications and capacity to deliver the scope of work. All applications must be submitted along with required documentation by 11:59 p.m. on October 30.
- Applications will be reviewed by a review panel will be scheduled in the week of November 2.
- Selection of organizations will be announced November 12.