CoVAC Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of our CoVAC Initiative Mini-Grants!

Our grantees represent the diversity of higher education. They are:

  • Located in 25 states
  • 41 public institutions
  • 9 private institutions
  • 10 community colleges
  • 11 two-year institutions
  • 39 four-year institutions
  • 9 Hispanic-serving institutions
  • 7 historically black colleges or universities/predominantly black institutions 
  • 2 tribal colleges or universities
  • 2 senior military colleges
  • 1 women’s college

These schools will each receive $3,000 to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence on their campuses in the fall using various peer-to-peer marketing and communication strategies, including implementing the Campus Vaccine Confidence Toolkit.


Ilisagvik College


The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Tuskegee University


Arkansas Tech University
Lyon College
East Arkansas Community College


Victor Valley College

District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia


University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Florida International University
Florida A&M University


Wesleyan College
Clayton State
Point University
University of North Georgia
Dalton State College


University of Idaho


Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Des Moines Area Community College


Kansas State University
Washburn University


Eastern Kentucky University


Southern Louisiana University
Grambling State University


Delta College


University of Minnesota Duluth


Mississippi State University
The University of Southern Mississippi
Coahoma Community College


Drury University
Fontbonne University
Missouri S & T
North Central Missouri College
Westminster College
William Woods University


Flathead Valley Community College
Montana State University Northern

North Carolina

Appalachian State University


University of Central Oklahoma


Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

South Carolina

University of South Carolina Upstate


University of Tennessee-Chattanooga


Our Lady of the Lake University
Prairie View A & M University
San Antonio College
Temple College
University of Houston-Clear Lake


Weber State University

West Virginia

West Liberty University


Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

The CoVAC Mini- Grant Application Process is now closed. For more information on COVID-19 information and the CoVAC Initiative please check out our additional resources.


The Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative Mini-Grant Program is a unique opportunity for campus leaders, including faculty, staff, and students, to address challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic by building vaccine confidence in your community. The Mini-Grant Program aims to support institutions in need of resources to develop and implement effective vaccine confidence strategies.

The Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative Mini-Grant Program seeks to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence among students, staff, and/or faculty on college campuses. Successful applicants will:

  • Receive a mini-grant of $3,000 for use in the fall of 2021 to further the goal of increasing COVID-19 vaccine confidence on campus using various peer to peer marketing and communication strategies, including implementing the Campus Vaccine Confidence Toolkit.
  • Join a learning community of institutions of higher education, sharing knowledge and successes in building a culture of vaccine confidence on campus.
  • Connect with college health professionals and students committed to promoting COVID-19 vaccine confidence on campus.

Mini-Grant Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be part of a two- or four-year degree granting, not for profit institution of higher education located within the United States and its Territories.
  • Agree to advance the mission and objectives of the CoVAC Initiative.
  • Secure the approval of an administrator (e.g., dean of students) to participate in the mini-grant program and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
  • Agree to complete their work before December 10, 2021.
  • Commit to finding creative solutions to meet the needs of your campus while grounding efforts in scientific evidence and public health theory.

Funding Requirements

Grantees must:

  1. Review the CoVAC Initiative Health Equity Statement.
  2. Submit a W-9 form and an invoice to receive payment. No funding will be given directly to individuals. Grantees will be given 50% of the mini-grant funding at the beginning of the project and 50% at the conclusion of the project.
  3. Agree to use the mini-grant funds for permitted uses only. Mini-grant may not be used to purchase food, drink, or items to be raffled. Funds may be used to:
    • Purchase items given away as incentives for vaccination, e.g. stickers for laptops, water bottles, t-shirts, etc.
    • Hire employees/staff/student ambassadors to implement the project and share on social media.
    • Purchase advertising on social media, campus newspapers, etc.
    • Purchase awareness and visibility items (e.g., photobooth and props) or print materials (e.g., banners, signage, buttons etc.)
    • Procure services and non-food items to create a fun atmosphere at vaccination sites or outreach events.
    • Pay for institutional overhead costs within institutional limits (if applicable).Provide incentives most meaningful for your campus - be creative! 
  4. Complete a summary report by December 10, 2021.

Application Timeline

June 18, 2021
Mini-grant application posted

July 15, 2021
Deadline to submit an application

August 2, 2021
Mini-grant recipient notifications begin 

December 10, 2021
Summary Reports Due 


For questions please contact:

Sara Couppas
Student Engagement Program Manager
Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative

Claudia Trevor-Wright, MA, JD, MCHES
Project Director
Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Initiative