Appalachian Partnership Fund

The Appalachian Partnership Fund (housed at Community Education Group) provides funding for local nonprofit groups, businesses, faith-based and community-based organizations serving West Virginia’s most vulnerable and rural populations. Between November 10, 2021 and January 10, 2022, local groups can apply for funding to address the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Substance Use Disorder syndemic throughout West Virginia.

Health providers and groups serving homeless, marginally housed, and those impacted by HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Substance Use Disorder are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. CEG funds are designated to sponsor and promote events that would deliver health services such as COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccination, influenza vaccination, HIV testing, obtaining PPE, COVID-19 and HIV test kits, or wellness education. In addition, CEG monies can fund efforts to underwrite county-wide healthcare services, such as supplementing nursing personnel costs, traveling to rural areas, and other measures to provide vital healthcare services to communities in need. 

Grants from $750 to $2,500 are available for one-time events such as a food bank or small community gathering. $10,000 – $50,000 grants are available for established providers with longer-term public health interventions that have multi-county impacts. 

The $1 million partnership fund is made possible due to a CDC agreement with CEG to build the evidence base of effective interventions to improve vaccination coverage and identify and implement strategies to reduce disparities in vaccination coverage in rural and at-risk populations throughout West Virginia.

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* Organizations that have already received CDC funding directly from the CDC or through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource for COVID efforts are not eligible for CEG’s Appalachian Partnership Fund.