COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund

Temple University’s COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund specifically targets medically underserved urban, suburban, and rural communities impacted by COVID-19 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This short-term initiative will focus on improving health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority groups, English language learners, and vulnerable populations, including older adults, adults with intellectual and other disabilities or chronic conditions in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Dauphin, and Lancaster counties. Additionally, this fund will prioritize communities that have endured long-standing systemic health and social inequities, such as those who have limited access to healthcare, face discrimination, live in crowded conditions and poverty, experience education, income, or wealth gaps, and work in settings that put them at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. The ultimate goals of this project are to prevent COVID-19 transmission, increase vaccine access and decrease vaccine hesitancy, and provide the resources communities need to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. This project is being supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration.

Applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2021, and close at 11:59 PM on October 1, 2021 or earlier, when the $3.5 million in funds are fully committed.

Employer Partner Subgrants

The COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund will provide sub-awards for Employer Partners to reassign or hire and train trauma-informed credible messengers, including case aides and case workers, community health advocates, community health workers, community liaisons and organizers, community outreach workers, constituent service providers in offices of elected officials, health ambassadors, patient navigators, peer counselors and educators, public health aides, religious leaders, and social support specialists. Partners will commit to implementing COVID-19 prevention and vaccine adherence strategies in their respective communities and for the populations they serve. 

Funding Priorities

Applications must prioritize at least two of the following:

  • Vaccine access and hesitancy
  • COVID-19 testing and prevention
  • Deploying resources to mitigate COVID-19 impact

Funding Amount

Employer partners can receive a cost-reimbursable subcontract for $50,000 for every full time outreach worker, for up to $250,000 Applicants can submit for up to 5 full-time equivalent COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Worker. The employer will be reimbursed for the salary and fringe benefits of the COVID-19 Trauma-Informed Worker(s), for a proportion of the salary of the supervisor, and for other direct operating costs like travel reimbursement, lodging for a program-end conference, supplies, marketing materials, phone, technology needs, etc.. Note:  Employers can submit an application for up to five individuals to serve as a COVID-19 Trauma Informed Worker.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must be one of the following types of organizations: 

  • Charter and public schools
  • Community development organizations
  • Community health centers and clinics
  • Faith-based institutions
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities
  • Nonprofits serving vulnerable populations 
  • Registered community organizations
  • Social service organizations

All applicants must serve one of the following geographic communities: 

  1. Bucks County
  2. Dauphin County
  3. Lancaster County
  4. Montgomery County
  5. Philadelphia County

All applicants must serve at least one of the following populations:

  • Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Indigenous/Native/First Nation
  • Other People of Color 
  • English Language Learners
  • Immigrants
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • Older Adults
  • People with Behavioral Health Disorders
  • People with Chronic Health Conditions
  • People with Intellectual and/or Physical Disabilities
  • Returning Citizens
  • Youth and young adults

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a history of community engagement, ties, and trust

Preference will be given to organizations who employ people who live in and reflect the communities they serve

Application Instructions

For application:

  1. Please complete the online COVID19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund Application Form.  Below is a *.pdf version of the form for preview only.  Applications must be submitted online.
  2. Please complete a budget.  Use the attached COVID19 Trauma-Informed Workforce Initiative Fund Budget Template and attach to your application.
  3. Please provide a Budget Justification and attach to your application.  A sample budget justification is provided as an example.

Application Documents:

If awarded a subcontract from Temple University:

Your organization will be asked to review, sign and return the following documents.  Before you submit an on-line application, please review these documents, particularly the Professional Services Agreement and Scope of Work to ensure you can fulfill the requirements of this initiative.  Note: Do NOT complete or submit these forms unless you receive an award notification from Temple University.

Grantmaking Process and Timeline

Temple University hosted virtual information sessions. Click on link below to access the recording.

Applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2021 and close at 11:59 PM on October 1, 2021 or earlier, when the $3.5 million in funds are fully committed.  Notification of award will be made within two weeks of the submission of an application, Approved applicants will receive an award letter and subcontract documents from Temple University to begin their work. 

For more information, please contact:

For Philadelphia County

Shirley Moy, MSW, Executive Director

Lenfest Center for Community Workforce Partnerships

For Bucks, Dauphin, Lancaster, and Montgomery Counties

Link Martin, MSW, Director

Temple University Harrisburg Campus

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