The CoVAC Mini- Grant Application Process is now closed. We look forward to reviewing submissions. 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