PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fifteen more nonprofits in Rhode Island have each been awarded $10,000 as a part of the state’s vaccine incentive program, which releases the awards as more residents get vaccinated, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Tuesday.
The RI Gives Vax Challenge launched last month awards grants to nonprofits that have been on the front lines of the pandemic response for every 5,000 people in the state who get a first dose of a vaccine.
15,000 first doses have been administered since the program was announced, the state Department of Health said.
"It takes a team to get the job done, and Rhode Island is lucky to have so many nonprofits stepping up to keep us safe, support vaccination efforts and help those in need," the Democratic governor said in a statement. "Over the last few weeks, we continue to see increases in demand for vaccinations — that's great news for our collective public health and great news for our nonprofits in the RI Gives Vax Challenge.”
Nearly 660,000 people have been fully vaccinated in the state and almost 80% of adult Rhode Islanders are now at least partially vaccinated, according to state health officials.
"It is inspiring to see Rhode Islanders stepping up to help organizations that are delivering food, housing and health care to those most affected by the pandemic,” said Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, which is partially funding the $750,000 initiative. "But make no mistake, more resources will be necessary.”
The recipients of the $10,000 third-round grants are: Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, RI Center for Justice, Oasis International, Higher Ground International, Project Undercover, Housing Network, Conexion Latina, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Newport Community School, East Bay Food Pantry, DaVinci Center for Community Progress, the American Red Cross’ Rhode Island chapter, Better Lives Rhode Island and Man Up.
The program has now awarded $370,000 in grants to 37 nonprofits.
An additional two rounds of grants totaling $380,000 could be awarded each time Rhode Island administers an additional 5,000 first COVID-19 vaccine doses as reported by the state Department of Health.
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