Foundation / Corporation
March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter
01/03/18 4:00 PM CST
Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for women. Funding will be provided for projects that improve access to and deliver quality care and education to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, or to provide education to health care providers, on one or more of the below-listed priority areas.
All grant proposals must address the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: a) focused on prematurity prevention; b) evidence- based; c) include measurable outcomes; and d) promote equity in birth outcomes. Projects may focus on consumers and/or health care providers.
Organizations serving African American, American Indian, or other communities of color are highly encouraged to apply. Organizations serving pregnant women in Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Beltrami, and Olmstead Counties are highly encouraged to apply.
- Group Prenatal Care - Implementation, continuation, or expansion of group prenatal care: Group prenatal care reduces rates of preterm birth by combining prenatal care with group education and support services. The March of Dimes is looking to fund start-up/training costs and/or ongoing implementation/ expansion costs that might include training (e.g. initial, advanced, or train-the-trainer), materials, consultation support costs, meeting costs, etc.
- Birth Spacing - Encouraging women to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart: Fully one-third of all pregnancies in the USA occur less than 18 months after the birth of a child, which is a known risk factor for preterm birth. Appropriate birth spacing would measurably reduce national preterm birth rates. (Potential proposals may include quality improvement, utilizing programs such as IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants through Continuous Improvement Techniques), One Key Question®, or other QI initiatives within OB, primary care, family medicine or pediatric providers that would increase discussion of, access to and patient education about birth spacing.)
- 17P for the Prevention of Recurrent Preterm Birth - Increasing use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth: Weekly progesterone injections for at-risk women are proven to reduce preterm birth in women with a prior preterm birth, but this therapy is dramatically under-utilized.
Allowable Costs Include:
- Salary - grant funds may be used to cover salaries for project-related employees, but cannot be used to pay salary costs for employees who are already employed full-time. Exceptions may be made in circumstances where a specified position is supported primarily by grant funds and the applicant can demonstrate that the requested funds would replace existing grant funds.
- Consultant fees.
- Materials and supplies (e.g. office supplies, health-related materials, refreshments, incentives) necessary to accomplish the specific objectives of the proposal that are usually "used up" in the course of the project. Incentives are items used to enable or ensure participants are able to take advantage of services provided by grantees, for example, metro or bus cards to assist women in attending prenatal care appointments or educational sessions.
- Printing and travel that are reasonable and necessary for project implementation. March of Dimes funds may not be used to pay for first class travel.
- Facilities - rental costs associated with using a physical location for an activity necessary to accomplish the specific objectives of the proposal are permitted.
- Indirect costs are allowable for grants of $25,000 or more only and cannot exceed 10% of total costs.
GrantWatch ID#: 147082
It is anticipated that one to three projects will be funded.
Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 each will be awarded.
The grant period will take place from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
All chapter community grants are approved for one year only. Applicants may choose to submit a proposal that covers a two or three year project period. However, March of Dimes only awards funds for one year at a time (maximum three consecutive years). Funding for years two and three is not guaranteed and will be based upon March of Dimes review of progress and expenditures and the availability of funds.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Proposals should be sent to:
Alicia Helion, Maternal Child Health Director March of Dimes
700 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103
If you have questions regarding the March of Dimes community grants application or need additional application forms, please contact Alicia Helion at the above email address or phone number.
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