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The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities for marginalized communities in Washington, limiting their access to vital COVID-19 services. 

That’s why we created the Impact Fund.

What is the Impact Fund?

The Impact Fund supports new and existing programs that increase equitable engagement in COVID-19 testing services and vaccine education for marginalized K-12 populations.

Whom does it serve?

The Impact Fund serves K-12 populations who lack equal access to testing services and vaccine education (i.e., BIPOC community, Migratory students and families, Persons with Disabilities, Unaccompanied Youth, youth experiencing homelessness, youth experiencing poverty, etc.).

Whom does it fund?

Community-based organizations (CBOs), schools/school districts, and local health departments (LHDs) are eligible to receive funding independently or as a partnership of two or more of these entities. Partnerships with CBOs who are already engaged with marginalized youth populations are encouraged.

Who funds it?

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) funds the program and works with Learn to Return and Health Commons Project to review and approve applicants.

What is Learn to Return?

Learn to Return or “L2R” is a DOH-funded program run by Health Commons Project, a non-profit based in Washington state dedicated to bridging healthcare equity gaps for marginalized populations. The L2R program has brought free COVID-19 testing and other COVID-related services to over 500 schools in Washington state throughout the pandemic.

Grantee Support.

We provide one-to-one assistance to our grantees to help them develop their proposals and manage the application process.

Funded partners receive ongoing support from a dedicated Project Sponsor to help with required reporting to DOH, compliance and technical assistance.

Get to know our grantees.

Pacific Northwest Black Business Coalition

Latino Civic Alliance

  • Latino Civic Alliance (LCA) promotes COVID-19 testing and vaccination services to Latinx K-12 students in Grant County by expanding its school-based ACHIEVE program, holding in-person testing events, and conducting door-to-door outreach.

The Clearwater school

  • The Clearwater School provides mobile COVID-19 testing for K-12 students in Snohomish County and partners with CareConnect to offer wrap-around, at-home support to students when they test positive and must isolate.

The Noble Foundation

  • The Noble Foundation works with Community Health Workers and youth ambassadors to hold school- and community-based events that promote COVID-19 testing and vaccination to K-12 populations. These events include materials in local languages, including Chuukese, spoken by residents of Clark and Cowlitz Counties whom they serve.

Not sure how to get started?

Or want to get feedback on an idea? Start the conversation now by completing the Request for Information Form.

Reach out to Alyssa Shumaker (alyssas@healthcommonsproject.org) for questions about this important opportunity.

Watch the Informational Meeting and Q&A Session*

Q&A starts at 28:37

*Mentions of vaccine services in this Q&A have been updated to refer to vaccine promotion only, not vaccine clinical services.