Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA—The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) today announced the recipients of the first round of funding for Communities for Immunity.
Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Communities for Immunity provides funding awards and support to museums and libraries engaging their communities to boost COVID-19 vaccine confidence. As trusted community partners, museums and libraries play a critical role in building vaccine confidence and fighting the pandemic.
“The public trusts in museums and libraries to provide context and facts that increase understanding and inform decisions,” said Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. “Communities for Immunity was established to financially support these institutions leading us into a brighter future by helping communities with low levels of vaccine confidence make well-informed decisions about COVID-19 and vaccinations.”
“Congratulations to today’s award recipients and for their work to support COVID-19 response within their communities,” said American Library Association President Patty Wong. “Never before has access to information played such a vital role in the lives of library patrons. More than ever, accurate information regarding vaccines and other health information empowers communities to make informed choices. We hope that today’s funding will assist with efforts to save lives by stopping the spread of coronavirus through education and encouraging those most hesitant to receive the vaccine to look to their libraries for trusted information.”
Awards range from $1,500-$10,000 and programs have a broad range of scope.
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