Marshall University - Minority Health Institute: 2020-2021 Mini-Grant Cycle

Addressing Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health

for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in West Virginia


Mini-grant Overview


Applicants whose focus is on reducing the burden of health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in West Virginia through health promotion and addressing social determinants of health are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organization must be a 501(c)3 organization or have a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)3 organization.

  • Applicant organization must be an organization that works with racial or ethnic minority populations in West Virginia.

  • Applicant organization must be based in West Virginia.

Eligible Projects

Only Projects focusing on addressing issues related to the burden of health disparities or the social determinants of health among racial and ethnic minority populations of West Virginia will be funded.

  • Providing services related to capacity building such as proposal development or project evaluation assistance (individuals who can evaluate the mini-grant program or provide a workshop on community empowerment to reduce burden of health disparities among racial and ethnic community-based organizations in West Virginia).

  • Engage in health promotion activities geared towards addressing prevention and management of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or any chronic and infectious disease that burden racial and ethnic minority communities in West Virginia.

  • Projects that focus on children or families.

More about the Marshall University - Minority Health Institute

The mission of the West Virginia Office of Minority Health (WVOMH), housed under the Marshall University Minority Health Institute, is to improve and protect the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities through the development of programs, policies, and practices to eliminate health disparities. The WVOMH purpose is to serve as a resource and collaborative partner to community organizations, health care providers, and government agencies in efforts to decrease morbidity and mortality in minority populations. The WVOMH coordinates statewide efforts to reduce health inequity for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, social-economic status, geography, age, disability status and among other populations identified to be at risk for health disparities.

For More Information:

Minority Health Institute - News

Minority Health Institute – Current Research

Funding and Application Information


Funds Cannot be Used For:

  • Costs incurred preparing application

  • Direct grants, scholarships, or loans for the benefit of specific individuals

  • Loans or debt retirement

  • Annual appeals and general fundraising

  • Emergency funding

  • Capital projects (new facilities, etc.)

  • Political purposes, publicity, or propaganda


Application Due Date: March 25, 2021 at 5 PM
Award ceiling: $5,000 
Total number of awards: 10 

Mini-grant Contact Information

Kathryn Burnham

LaDawna Walker Dean

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