Request For Proposal Vaccine Promotion Grants

Do you have an idea for a project that would address vaccine hesitancy?

The Berrien Community Foundation received a grant from Michigan State University to fund small nonprofit organizations interested in getting accurate information to the Black and Latinx communities in Berrien County about adult vaccination. The goal is for people to be equipped with good data and answer questions to make informed decisions about vaccinations.
Now, the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, but this grant is to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy along with other important vaccines such as the flu vaccine, shingles vaccine and pneumonia vaccine.
The key is for small organizations – nonprofits, churches, etc. – that are strongly connected in the community to be the trusted source of information. Below is a simple grant application to apply for funding for your organization’s idea.
If you want to get involved but aren’t sure how to help, please contact Susan Matheny at 269-983-3304. We would love to have a conversation with you and see how we can partner.

Eligible organizations can be 501c3 nonprofits, religious organizations doing community work, schools, municipalities or other organizations partnering with one of the previously listed eligible organizations. For more information on this project, please visit the Eligibility for Vaccine Promotion Grant Application webpage.


All applicants have the option for submitting an application via ONE of the following paths:
  1. Online application at the link below.
  2. Word Document submitted via email to If you need a paper copy, you can download it here OR if you need a paper copy to write on, please contact the Foundation at 269-983-3304.
  3. Mail or deliver in person to Berrien Community Foundation, 2900 S. State Street, Ste. 2E, St. Joseph, MI, 49085


Applications will be reviewed weekly starting March 7. Grants will be awarded shortly thereafter. 


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