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COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award

Grants to USA Libraries and Community Organizations
in Eligible States for Accurate COVID-19 Information Dissemination

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Network of the National Library of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/30/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA libraries and community organizations in eligible Northwestern states to create programs to disseminate factual health information relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to provide communities with correct information regarding the pandemic. Applicants must be located in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.

Award Goals:

  • Improve health information access for patients, patrons, and the public, relating to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2.
  • Provide access to health information in a way that is meaningful to the target population.
  • Increase awareness and utilization of NIH, NLM, and other government agencies as authoritative resources on COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2.
  • Provide training, teaching skills, or creating resources relating to COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2.
  • Optional topics: combating health misinformation or information overload.

Projects can include (but are not limited to):

  • Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of librarians and other health information intermediaries
  • Designing COVID-19 instruction modules and elective courses
  • Integrating digital content, including alternatives to print materials, into the evolving online learning environment
  • Facilitating access to online medical education resources
  • Assisting communities or agencies in acquiring information technology to facilitate access to authoritative health information resources
  • Providing free access to health information related to the award topic.
  • Promoting health information literacy in health education and healthcare, including resources on how to effectively communicate with patients and caregivers
  • Improving access to electronic health information
  • Promoting and improving access to library and information services
  • Promoting and improving the use of technology for information access
  • Encouraging partnerships between public, hospital and school libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, health clinics, public health departments, and other public venues
  • Promote outreach by network members to share their expertise and resources with a target audience not normally reached

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192490

Number of Grants:

At least 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Network members in the NNLM PNR (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions whose role includes providing access to authoritative health information. To apply for membership, submit an online membership application here: Public librarians, community-based and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Non-allowable expenses: Furniture is not allowed and food is not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

If you plan to submit an application, a brief statement of intent to apply should be submitted by Friday, October 16 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The PNR staff will acknowledge your application when received, and notification of awards will be given within four weeks.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letter of Intent should be submitted to

Apply online:

Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, NNLM PNR
Telephone: (206) 543-9261

NNLM Pacific Northwest Region
Box 357155
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, 98195
(206) 543-8262

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington

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