Nearly nine in 10 deaths from COVID are among people 65 and over, and 70-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths occur in older adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While lifesaving vaccines are available, research shows COVID vaccine uptake has slowed among older adults. In a coordinated effort to promote COVID and flu vaccinations, NCOA is enlisting its national network of senior centers and community-based organizations to make it as easy as possible for older adults and people with disabilities to get their shots and protect their health.

With $50 million in federal funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the largest grant in its history, NCOA will provide funding and technical assistance to hundreds of diverse community-based organizations, enabling them to conduct tailored outreach, host vaccine clinics, and offer services many older adults need to get vaccinated, such as transportation and assistance in scheduling appointments.

About the COVID-19 and flu vaccine uptake funding opportunity 

NCOA will award approximately 250 grants for 6-, 12-, or 15-month projects. Grant awards will support a larger national vaccination program, funded under the ACL's COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Initiative for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Notice of Funding Opportunity (HHS-2023-ACL-AOA-HDRC-0043), under which NCOA was funded. This funding opportunity has a main goal to increase the number of older adults and people with disabilities receiving COVID-19 and Influenza vaccinations.

Where is the full funding opportunity announcement and the FAQ?

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When are grant applications due?

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2023, or until funds are exhausted. Project start dates can begin in early January 2023 and close as late as April 15, 2024. Applications must be submitted through the application portal

Who is eligible to apply for grant funding?

Organizations that are eligible to apply for grants under this program are limited to those listed below: 

  1. Senior centers
  2. Community centers
  3. Local community organizations that serve, support, and include older adults and people with disabilities
  4. Faith-based organizations that serve, support, and include older adults and people with disabilities
  5. Governmental agencies
  6. Other federally recognized nonprofit organizations

Area agencies on aging (AAAs), No-Wrong Door Systems (NWDS)/aging and disability resource centers (ADRCs), centers for independent living (CILs), other ACL-funded disability networks, and other aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) have the opportunity to apply under a different call for proposals.

Do organizations need to submit a notice of intent?

Organizations wishing to apply for funds under this program are required to submit a notice of intent to NCOA via the application portal. This notice is non-binding and does not need to describe the proposed project. 

How do organizations apply for grant funding?

Applicants must submit an electronic proposal describing the project and the applicant, with background relevant to the issues outlined in these guidelines. This proposal must include the following items:

  • Statement of need
  • Target area and populations
  • Description of the proposed approach for outreach and vaccination activities
  • Data collection and evaluation processes
  • Organizational capacity and diversity/equity considerations
  • Budget and narrative explaining the budget 
  • Letters of commitment from key partners for preferential points, if included in the proposed model (letters should include an explanation of the role they will fill to support the program)
  • Required documentation, including your ACH form

How do you submit grant applications?

All proposals should be submitted electronically through NCOA's application portal. Emailed submissions will not be considered. NCOA will not accept any materials submitted late and will not be able to review incomplete proposals. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts in the fields of public health, community outreach and engagement, senior center services, and aging and disability services. For questions, please contact VaccineUptake@ncoa.org.

This COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Uptake Initiative for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Notice of Funding Opportunity (HHS-2023-ACL-AOA-HDRC-0043) is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $50 million with 100% funding by ACL/HHS. The content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. government.