Grants ranging from $10,00 to $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations, for-profits, and government agencies seeking financial assistance for projects or programs that improve education, services, and access to care for pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and interconception women.
Projects funded through this program must meet one of the following funding priorities:
- Encouraging women to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart
- Increasing use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth
- Increasing use of low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia
Priority Counties and Populations in California:
- Counties with high burden/high volume of preterm births: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Clara.
- Racial/ethnic populations with high disparities in preterm birth rates. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating outreach and services specifically targeted to African-American women.
- Women with a history of prior premature birth. Having a premature birth in the past is one of the strongest clinical risk factors and increases a woman’s risk of having a subsequent premature birth by 1.5 to 2-fold.
Grantee sites can be clinics, health centers, health systems, or non-clinical community-based programs or agencies, or several partners within a community that come together to simultaneously implement, for example:
- Clinics and Clinical providers: Ob/Gyn, family practice, primary care, midwifery, oral health care providers, etc
- Community-based organizations/non-clinical providers, e.g.: promotoras, WIC, home visitors, community health workers, care coordinators, etc
- One agency/clinic/site may function as the coordinator/convener for their community partners (and as the lead grant applicant). In your budget and staffing plan, consider if time to coordinate, implement and evaluate can be built into existing staff time or if coordinator time needs to be included in the grant budget (for staff/consultant not already employed full time).
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.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes California grant, the applicant must provide services in California. The applicant organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) or for profit organization or government agency.
March of Dimes does not award grants to individuals.
Applicants must disclose any conflict of interest due to representation by their organization on the March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Statewide Committee or the Market Board.
March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. March of Dimes community grants also do not fund scientific research projects.
All grantees must (i) certify that they are not presently listed on the Federal Excluded Party List, debarred or suspended from the award of any federal or state contracts, or excluded from participation in any governmental medical reimbursement programs; and must (ii) attest that they/will comply with all laws and regulations (to include federal, state and local laws and regulations). Additionally, March of Dimes grantees may be screened to ensure that they are not debarred or suspended by the Federal Government and/or local State agencies.
Non-Allowable Costs Include:
- Salary costs for staff who are already employed full-time by their organization (see exceptions above).
- Construction, alteration, maintenance of buildings or building space.
- Dues for organizational membership in professional societies.
- Tuition, conference fees or awards for individuals.
- Cash stipends for individuals
- Billable services provided by physicians or other providers.
- Permanent equipment (e.g. computers, video monitors, software printers, furniture) unless essential to project implementation and not available from other sources.
- Educational materials that do not meet the quality or evidence-based standards provided by March of Dimes
- Indirect costs for grants under $25,000.
- Advertising materials and purchase of media time/space: Budget costs relating to these items may not be allowable depending on project specifics. Please consult with the chapter contact listed in this application regarding whether proposed items are allowable.
A webinar to learn about 2018 funding priorities and proposal guidelines. took place on October 23rd. The webinar was recorded for those unable to participate.
Please email the funding source to request a link to the recording.
- Deadline: Monday, November 27, 2017
- Notification of award: January 02, 2018
- Signed March of Dimes Grant Agreement due: January 15, 2018
- Grant period: February 01, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Before applying, please download the complete RFP from the attached files section below and please note the following:
1. If you are applying for funding to support a professional or public educational event (such as a health fair, grand rounds or conference), you must submit your application at least 6 weeks in advance of the event to allow sufficient time for application review.
2. If applicable: Please disclose in your application any potential conflicts of interest due to representation by your organization on the Chapter’s Program Services Committee or the Chapter/Division Board of Directors.
3. If you are proposing an educational intervention, provide a sample of the curriculum and program objectives, as well as your plan for evaluation and participant recruitment. (Curriculum samples can be submitted as a supplement to your two-page letter; objectives, evaluation and participant recruitment plans must be covered within the two-page letter.) Applicants proposing to implement Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien or CenteringPregnancy do not need to submit a sample curriculum.
2. Email the completed cover sheet, two-page letter, budget, and W-9 form to the email address provided in the contact information section below. (You may omit the W-9 from the emailed application if you are unable to scan or save it.)
3. Mail a printout of your confirmation email (option 1) or the cover sheet with original signatures (option 2) and the two-page letter, budget, and W-9 (first page only) to:
Mary-Jane Roebuck, March of Dimes California Chapter
101 Montgomery Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104-4151
Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards will be made in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.
Term of Contract
The grant period is from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.