SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #117: NCDHHS RFAs to Support Communities Hard Hit by COVID-19

Monday, August 3, 2020

NC Department of Health and Human Services has announced two Requests for Applications (RFAs) to help communities heavily affected by COVID-19.

Support Services for Individuals in Isolation or Quarantine Due to COVID-19 - Applications Due August 7 

NCDHHS is seeking regional partner organizations to administer an innovative new program to support individuals in targeted counties who need supports like food and transportation to successfully quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.

In the Isolation Supports program, people in target counties who are directed to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 may apply to receive one or more of five social supports to help them do so: nutrition assistance such as home-delivered meals or groceries; a relief payment to offset temporary loss of income or ability to look for work; transportation; medication delivery; and COVID-related supplies such as a mask or cleaning supplies.

DHHS has released this RFA to select regional partners that will administer the program in their area, including directly providing or contracting with local organizations that can collectively provide the full array of support services, handle invoicing, reimbursement and reporting functions related to the delivery of support services, and work closely with local health care professionals who will refer and coordinate services. DHHS is prioritizing areas of the state with high per capita COVID-19 case rates for this program, with final target counties selected based on the applications received. This program is temporary and is expected to run until late 2020. 

Applications are due by August 7, 2020. Download the RFA.

African American Community Engagement Grants - Applications Due August 14

NCDHHS has issued a Request for Applications for community engagement grants to organizations to assist our efforts in prevention and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the African American community.

North Carolina continues to see a sustained increase in its confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the general population, and a disproportionately high percentage of cases statewide are among historically marginalized populations. Our state’s African American residents are 21% of the North Carolina population, but represent 24% of the cases and 32% of the deaths where race and ethnicity are known. Health disparities among African Americans in North Carolina are historic and persistent.  African Americans are disproportionately at risk for more severe illness from COVID-19 including chronic kidney disease, obesity; serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, asthma, cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, HIV, liver disease and smoking.

The African American Community Engagement grants will be used to fund organizations to build awareness and support for DHHS prevention, testing, contact tracing and isolation supports initiatives in regions of the state disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Applications are due by August 14, 2020. Download RFA #A380.