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Funds Still Available for Vaccine Incentive Program

By October 12, 2021 No Comments

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation continues to have funding available through its Vaccine Incentive Program.

NMF launched the program last month to fund and support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to historically disadvantaged communities.

Indigenous communities in Northwest Minnesota are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Minnesota, Native Americans have the highest COVID-19 case fatality rate: 1.7% of positive COVID-19 cases result in death for Native American and Alaskan Natives, compared to 1.2% of case fatalities for the total population.

The Vaccine Incentive Program offers the potential of covering the cost of vaccination incentives, event space costs, event amenities, food, and a nominal administration fee (up to 6% of the total grant amount awarded). NMF’s goal is to provide funding for a minimum of five community events, 10 on-site agency events, and funding incentives to encourage 300 people to get vaccinated. Total funding available is $48,000, and grant amounts are anticipated to be between $5,000 and $10,000.

To read the entire program description, click HERE.

To complete the simple pre-application form, visit THIS LINK.

Data:

The COVID vaccination rates for our 12-county region of Northwest Minnesota are as follows:

  • Beltrami – 45.7%
  • Clearwater – 35.7%
  • Hubbard – 49.7%
  • Kittson – 50.2%
  • Lake of the Woods – 50.3%
  • Mahnomen – 46.7%
  • Marshall – 45.0 %
  • Norman – 52.7%
  • Pennington – 50.2%
  • Polk – 44.8%
  • Red Lake – 49.2%
  • Roseau – 45.8%

The number of active COVID cases in the last 60 days per county (as of October 5, 2021) was as follows:

  • Beltrami – 5,798
  • Clearwater – 1,241
  • Hubbard – 2,585
  • Kittson – 584
  • Lake of the Woods – 429
  • Mahnomen – 788
  • Marshall – 1,150
  • Norman – 720
  • Pennington – 2,050
  • Polk – 4,706
  • Red Lake – 513
  • Roseau – 2,465

These percentages are for the percentage of the total population receiving at least one dose, according to the MN COVID-19 response page: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

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