Rhode Island Launches COVID-19 Incentive Program Benefiting Charitable Organizations


For every 5,000 more people who receive a first dose of a vaccine, an increasing amount of money will be donated to nonprofit organizations across the state.

Governor of Rhode Island, Daniel J. McKee Pat Greenhouse / Globe Personnel

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) – The more people in Rhode Island who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the more charities across the state will benefit from a program announced by Governor Daniel McKee on Tuesday.

Under the COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Fund, for every 5,000 more people who receive a first dose of a vaccine, an increasing amount will be given to nonprofits in the state.

It starts with $ 100,000 after the first 5,000 shots, up to $ 200,000 for the fifth round of 5,000 shots, officials said.

Other states have vaccination incentive programs, but they usually benefit individuals in the form of cash prizes or scholarships, not nonprofits.

The $ 750,000 program is funded by $ 500,000 from the state and $ 250,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation.

“We have done research and intentional thinking to create a program that celebrates the spirit of Rhode Island, supports the importance of getting all Rhode Islanders vaccinated over time, and supports organizations that help our neighbors the most. vulnerable to get through the pandemic, ”the Democratic governor said in a statement.

Qualifying state-based nonprofits can apply from the Rhode Island Foundation website. Applications will be accepted until July 30.

Eligible organizations must provide services or direct assistance in response to the pandemic.

Almost 637,000 people have already been fully vaccinated in Rhode Island, according to the state Department of Health, and more than 70% of the state’s eligible adult population is fully vaccinated.

“Rhode Island’s successful vaccination efforts to date are a key reason for our state’s strong re-emergence from the pandemic,” said Secretary of State for Commerce Stefan Pryor. “This effort will help us build on our positive momentum. “

Rhode Island Foundation staff will review and determine if applicant organizations qualify for program eligibility. Grant recipients will be selected at random.

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