The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) invites eligible organizations to submit a letter of intent (LOI) for time-limited projects to increase Canadians' confidence, acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.
Ensuring all Canadians have access to information on the importance of vaccination is a challenging yet crucial goal.
Many Canadians, including those who have been historically underserved and marginalized by health and public health services, and those whose lives are negatively impacted by a range of social determinants of health (SDOH) including gender, ethnicity, occupation, homelessness, and incarceration, may require supports to help them understand and access these important vaccines. For example, some groups in Canada experience barriers to accessing vaccines due to the lack of culturally relevant information. Newcomers, Indigenous peoples and those living in remote/isolated communities may require specific supports/information that reflect their unique realities. Other marginalized groups may be less reachable through mainstream mechanisms and require tailored community-based strategies.
Projects funded through this program must support one of the following objectives:
a) Build capacity of health care providers (HCPs) as vaccinators and vaccination promoters;
b) Community-based COVID-19 education, promotion and outreach;
c) Build capacity for evidence-based vaccination communication.
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The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for funding:
1. Canadian not-for-profit and voluntary organizations;
2. Incorporated and unincorporated groups, associations, societies and coalitions;
3. Provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies;
4. Organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (such as regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions);
5. Indigenous organizations including First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations who assist off-reserve populations.
Each project must implement and evaluate a relevant program / intervention to improve confidence, uptake, or access to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. The project may be:
• new, or
• an existing project that will be tailored or adapted to focus on COVID-19 vaccines, reach a new population, setting, or context.
All projects must include strategies to capture and share learnings and promising practices about effective approaches, including tools and resources developed.
For projects specifically focused on COVID-19 vaccine, notional strategies should be included for the adaptation or broader applicability of the proposed project or intervention to support uptake of vaccines in general, should it be shown to be effective in the acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.
Given the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and the potential for further lockdowns, applicants should include mitigation strategies and innovative approaches when designing their projects to ensure the pandemic does not impede planned activities.
This Call for Proposals is a two-step process. The first step is the submission of a LOI, which provides an overview of the proposed project. Applicants whose LOIs meet all eligibility criteria and best fit the objectives of this funding opportunity will be invited to move on to the second step by submitting a full proposal.
LOIs must be submitted by March 5, 2021.
For more information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/funding-opportunities/gr...