COVID-19 vaccination outreach fund

Can you help us increase the vaccine uptake amongst vulnerable communities?

Funding is available for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to run outreach events.

Key information

  • Level one grants: Up to £1,000 per bid.
  • Level two grants: £1,000-£5,000 per bid.
  • Who can apply: Groups outlined below
  • When decisions are made:
    • Level one grants within 5 working days
    • Level two grants the decisions within 10 working days
  • Start date: To commence as soon as possible following grant agreement
  • Contact: Aggie Szpinda

About the fund

Working in partnership with communities in Devon, we have developed a vaccination outreach programme which aims to support uptake of the vaccine amongst our most vulnerable communities. Insight, engagement and involvement underpins our outreach model.

A grant has been made available for voluntary and community organisations to run innovative engagement activities to support uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination activities; designed to support groups where uptake of the vaccine has been lower than in others.

These include:

  • Ethnic minority communities
  • People who are experiencing homelessness
  • Migrant workers
  • Refugees and undocumented migrants
  • The Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • People with learning disabilities, neurodiversity and mental illness
  • The LGBTQ+ community
  • Younger people

Insight, engagement and involvement has highlighted that some of the existing delivery models of the COVID-19 vaccination do not always meet the needs for many of these groups.

The voluntary and community sector has strong links with many of the groups and communities that the Devon COVID-19 vaccination outreach model aims to support.

However, they often have limited capacity and resource to support this work without additional funding.

The Integrated Care System for Devon has an COVID-19 vaccination outreach fund that charity, voluntary and community organisations can bid for, to fund innovative engagement activities. 

These must support the COVID-19 vaccine outreach model and increase engagement with vulnerable communities. It could include drop-in events, communication support materials, employee time, workshops, and necessary equipment to run the activities etc.

Communities can apply for more than one grant.  The programme is running until the end of March 2022, although limited funds are available and will be given on a first come first serve basis.


The aims of the grant funding are to:

  • engage with specific groups and communities where the uptake of COVID-19vaccination is lower to understand what the barriers might be, how we can work with you to address them and how we can increase the vaccination uptake.
  • improve vaccine knowledge, coverage and COVID safety amongst specific Devon communities for example by running a number of COVID-19 vaccine workshops.

Who can apply

  • Faith and community groups,
  • Food banks
  • Organisations that work with the following groups:
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller
    • Learning disabilities, neurodiversity and/or mental illness
    • People experiencing homelessness
    • Those from deprived or low-income communities
    • LGBTQ+
    • Refugees and undocumented migrants
    • Communities that experience racial inequality
    • Young People

To apply for funding, complete this online application form.

For questions or queries about the COVID-19 vaccination outreach fund or to get help to complete your application, contact Aggie Szpinda.

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