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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies to Promote Healthy Birth Outcomes in Underserved Groups

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Funding Source
March of Dimes Iowa Chapter
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/03/18 4:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for community-based projects that address the health concerns of women and infants. Nonprofits serving minority groups and pregnant women in Polk, Black Hawk, Woodbury, and Linn counties are highly encouraged to apply. Specific priority focus areas include group prenatal care and birth spacing.

In general, applicants should address the March of Dime 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 healthcare providers.

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) 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 will not 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.

The following are primary and secondary purpose categories eligible for this RFP.

Primary purpose categories:

- Interconception education and healthcare
- Preconception education and healthcare
- Prenatal care services
- Prenatal adjunct services
- Prenatal education and social support
- Professional education and training
- Quality improvement
- Other

Secondary purpose category:

- Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien
- Care coordination (case management, patient navigator, medical home, etc.)
- Chronic disease management in pregnancy (hypertension, diabetes, obesity, etc.)
- Coming of the Blessing
- Early elective delivery prevention
- Early entry into prenatal care
- Education materials
- Fertility treatment education
- Folic acid
- Genetic services for pregnant women
- Genetic services for non-pregnant women
- Group prenatal care (CenteringPregnancy®)
- Group prenatal care (other than CenteringPregnancy)
- Home visiting
- Interconception education
- Maternal/Child Health (MCH) program enrollment (getting women into WIC, Medicaid, CHIP, etc.)
- Newborn screening
- Post-polio activities
- Preconception education
- Prenatal education/incentive (Stork’s Nest®)
- Prenatal education/incentive (models other than Stork’s Nest)
- Preterm labor prevention
- Project Alpha
- Preterm birth recurrence prevention education (about 17P)
- Preterm birth recurrence prevention education (other than 17P)
- Risk reduction education/services (alcohol and drug use)
- Risk reduction education/services (smoking cessation)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention
- Other


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes Iowa Chapter Grant, an organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) or for profit organization or government agency.

Not Funded:

-Scientific research projects
-Salary costs for staff who are already employed full-time by their organization (see exceptions in Description 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.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received by 4:00 PM (CST) on January 3, 2018.

All applicants will be notified in writing of their application’s status by March 1, 2018.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
$500 to $10,000

Term of Contract
The Grant period is March 1, 2018 - 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.

Contact Information
Proposals should be sent to:

Alicia Helion, Maternal Child Health Director
March of Dimes
700 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

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