Together We Protect – Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund supports organizations working in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to ensure that people who face systemic barriers have the most appropriate and accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccine and can access the vaccine through low-barrier opportunities.
Together We Protect
Achieving high vaccination rates across all Colorado communities can help mitigate the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent widening disparities going forward. We are committed to ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
Together We Protect supports community-centered and trusted Colorado-based organizations to provide culturally relevant outreach, education, and support to youth and/or caregivers to ensure that those who face systemic barriers have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Together We Protect – Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund has awarded four rounds of grants to Colorado community-based organizations, working in partnership with state-contracted vaccine providers, to provide culturally relevant outreach, education, and support to ensure communities who face systemic barriers have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of $6.8 million has been granted to 167 organizations across Colorado. Applications are no longer being accepted.
New! Final Together We Protect Evaluation Results
In February, June and July of 2022, Caring for Colorado, with the assistance of OMNI Institute, surveyed TWP grantees on their efforts regarding implementation of vaccinations, and vaccine outreach and education. This survey served as a “close-out report” for grantees who had completed their vaccine equity efforts and expended their TWP funding.
Grantees were asked to estimate the extent of their TWP-funded efforts for both youth and adults. Grantees reported a total of 8,024,761 individuals (includes duplicates) were reached though outreach and education on COVID-19 vaccination information, which equated to 66,873 individuals reached on average per grantee organization. Grantees reported a total of 96,960 youth (under 18 years of age) received COVID-19 vaccines because of their efforts, which equated to 808 youth reached on average per grantee organization.
Interim Together We Protect Evaluation Results
An initial evaluation of Together We Protect, Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund, conducted by OMNI Institute shows as many as 240,000 adults and 37,000 children and youth (5-17) received COVID-19 vaccines. This is thanks to the dedicated, on-the-ground efforts of the 100+ community-based organizations across the state that received funding support. They succeeded in reaching traditionally marginalized communities, providing them with culturally-appropriate, trusted information and making the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible. Read the Interim Findings – Impact to Date / Conclusiones Provisionales – Impacto a la fecha.
The Together We Protect Vaccine Equity Fund Report offers information about how the fund began and stories from the Together We Protect partners.
Read about the Together We Protect grantees awarded funding in the first round (April 2021).
Read about the Together We Protect grantees awarded funding in the second round (May 2021).
Read about the Together We Protect grantees awarded funding in the third round (July 2021).