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Request for Applications: EXCITE Bridge Access Project Now Available!

EXCITE: Bridge Access Project: Access the full RFA and application guide here

ELIGIBILITY: The EXCITE Bridge Access Project is available for USDA NIFA EFNEP, and EXCITE Implementation Phase teams that submitted an Indication of Interest form for the Bridge Access Project in December 2023. This is a noncompetitive funding opportunity.

AWARD AMOUNT:  $30,000 for EXCITE Implementation Phase teams and $72,000 for EFNEP teams.


  • Application Open: March 26, 2024
  • Application Deadline: April 24, 2024, 11:59 PM, Pacific Time
  • Award Period: April 1, 2024 - March 31, 2025

The Extension Foundation (EXF), in cooperation with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), through an Interagency Agreement (IAA) with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are funding the Cooperative Extension System (CES) for the COVID-19 Bridge program.  The Bridge program has two objectives: 

  1. Increase awareness of eligibility of COVID-19 Bridge vaccine program for under and uninsured individuals 18 years and older; and
  2. Increase awareness of when and how to get a free updated COVID-19 vaccine through the Bridge Access Program.

Funding will be provided to institutions currently participating in the EXCITE Implementation Phase that submitted an Intention of Interest form for the Bridge Access Project in December 2023 in the amount of $30,000 each to augment their immunization efforts with information about Bridge Access immunizations in ongoing immunization education programming. 

Funding will be provided to USDA NIFA Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs (EFNEP) to integrate Bridge access information into the EFNEP curriculum and programming efforts in the amount of $72,000 each. This will provide a whole health approach. EFNEP is focused on families with limited resources and, thus, are likely serving individuals and families that may not have health care coverage and would benefit from the Bridge immunizations.


Applications for this funding opportunity will be processed on a rolling basis. Applications should be filled out through the EXF Bridge Access Project WizeHive portal ( For additional information, questions, or clarifications, email

Current EXCITE Implementation Phase teams will need to create a new EXF WizeHive profile for this new opportunity as it is a separate project.
Find the full request for applications and guide here.

Please submit one application per funding opportunity.  If your institution has an EXCITE Implementation Phase project AND an EFNEP project team applying for this funding, you each need to submit a separate application for each initiative, as they are considered independent grants with separate budgets and deliverables. 

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