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Extension COVID Immunization Training and Education (EXCITE)

To help promote vaccine confidence and uptake, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have entered into an Interagency Agreement to engage Land-grant Universities (LGUs) and the Cooperative Extension System (CES) to improve vaccination coverage in rural and other medically underserved communities. 

The Extension Foundation, working collaboratively with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy at the Association of Public and Land-grant Colleges and Universities, will partner to respond expeditiously and effectively to help address this public health emergency.


  1. Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign 
  2. Internal Assessment and Report 
  3. Development and Implement an Impact Collaborative on Immunization 
  4. Implement and Evaluate Pilot Projects 
  5. Project Management and Streamlining 

Funding Priority

The CDC and NIFA are using the provisions of the Economy Act, 31 U.S.C. 1535. These funds were originally provided to CDC under Section 313 (Public Awareness Campaign on the Importance of Vaccinations) of Division M (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260).


The amount available for Extension Covid Immunization Training & Education (EXCITE) in FY 2021 is $9.5M. This is a new Interagency Agreement in FY21 and has not been funded previously. 
Program type
Grant Program
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