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Community Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies in
Multiple States to Provide Health Care to Pregnant Women

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March of Dimes

Deadline Date:

12/08/17 4:00 PM PST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to nonprofits, for-profits, and governmental agencies in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for programs that address the health concerns of pregnant women, mothers, and their infants. These grants are intended to support programs that help mothers have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

Organizations serving American Indian/Alaskan Native pregnant women and other communities of color are highly encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must aim to improve access to or delivery of care or education to pregnant women/women of childbearing age or to deliver education to health care providers on one or more of the following priority areas:

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. Priority is given 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 U.S. 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.

Tobacco Cessation
Reducing tobacco use among pregnant women: Tobacco use is a well-documented risk factor for preterm birth and other adverse birth outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to use evidence based tobacco cessation interventions (including: the 5A’s, the 3A’s and R, Baby and Me™ Tobacco Free or the SCRIPT® model). March of Dimes is looking to fund training, implementation or ongoing support for evidence-based tobacco cessation programs for pregnant women.

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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149195

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that one to five projects will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500 to $20,000 each.

Term of Contract:

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).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes Community Grant, the applicant must provide services in one or more than one of the following states: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The applicant organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) or for profit organization or government agency. The 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.

The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes community grants also do not fund scientific research projects. For information about research grants funded by the March of Dimes national office, please go to

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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017
- Notification of award: February 01, 2018
- Grant period: February 01, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Applications must be received by 4:00PM (PST) on 12/8/2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

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:

Gina Legaz, Regional Director MCH
March of Dimes
1904 Third Ave, Suite #230
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wyoming