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Community Grants Program

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies to
Improve the Health of Pregnant Women and Newborns

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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March of Dimes Nevada

Deadline Date:

10/06/17 Emailed by 5:00 PM or Postmarked by date

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to Nevada nonprofit organizations, for-profits, and government agencies to improve the health of pregnant women and infants. Activities may focus on outreach, education, and improving healthcare access.

Proposed projects must aim to improve access to or delivery of care and education to pregnant women/women of childbearing age in the following priority areas:

1. Expanding group prenatal care: Group prenatal care reduces rates of preterm birth by combining prenatal care with group education and support services. Proposals specifically using the CenteringPregnancy® model will be prioritized.

2. Increasing education of and use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth. Weekly injections for at-risk women are proven to reduce preterm births in subsequent pregnancies but this therapy is dramatically underutilized.

3. Increasing use of low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia: Preeclampsia involves high blood pressure and other factors during pregnancy, which can ultimately threaten the life or health of both mother and baby and can only be cured by delivering the infant, regardless of its gestational age. The U.S.Preventive Services Task Force recommends all at-risk women take a daily low-dose aspirin, but few use this therapy.

4. 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. Interpregnancy spacing (the time between the end of one pregnancy and the beginning of the next one) of less than 18 months is associated with higher rates of premature birth and maternal complications, with very short pregnancy spacing (fewer than 6 months) carrying the highest risk. In fact, there is nearly a 4-fold increase in spontaneous early preterm births among women with very short pregnancy spacing of fewer than 6 months. Prolonging interpregnancy intervals to greater than 18 months would measurably reduce national preterm birth rates

**Of particular interest, funding may be used to address birth spacing through models that focus on pre and interconception health/pregnancy intention screening.

1. One Key Question® is a model that provides primary care health teams, community health workers, and other providers with a simple program to incorporate pregnancy intention screening, “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” into routine care and services. Women are then offered essential preconception care and reproductive health services (or referrals) depending on their needs. One Key Question® grant sites can be individual clinics, health centers, community-based programs or agencies, or ideally, several partners within a community will come together to simultaneously implement – examples of partnerships:
- Clinics and Clinical providers: Ob/Gyn, family practice, primary care, midwifery, oral health care providers, etc
- Community-based organizations/non-clinical providers: 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)

2. IMPLICIT and the Interconception Care Project. IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants through Continuous Improvement Technique) is a network founded in 2003 as a collaborative of family medicine residency programs throughout the Northeast United States. Its purpose is to educate faculty and residents about primary prevention of preterm birth. IMPLICIT recognizes that pregnancy outcomes often depend on the health and lifestyle of a woman prior to her first prenatal visit. Thus, health interventions aimed at improving health in the prenatal period alone, often fail to significantly reduce low birth weight and premature births. For this reason, IMPLICIT has developed an innovative new model for providing maternal care called the Interconception Care (ICC) Project.

The Interconception Care (ICC) Project focuses on maternal health screenings for four health risks during her child’s well child visits between the ages of 0 and 2 years. These risks are: smoking, depression, contraception use, and multivitamin intake. While new mothers may not establish primary care for themselves, they often accompany their infants to preventative health visits. Utilizing well child visits as an opportunity for screening new mothers for health risks may improve maternal care and future pregnancy outcomes. Interconception Care Project grant sites can be clinics which are part of a family medicine or pediatric residency program, individual clinics, or community based
health care centers.

IMPLICIT Interconception Care Proposals:
In your budget/staffing plan, please consider if time to coordinate planning, implementation and evaluation can be built into existing staff time. Multivitamins for distribution, patient education materials, EMR restructuring, and funding for contraception for uninsured should also be considered with budget planning.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177047

Number of Grants:

1-3

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 - $30,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period is November 6, 2017, through October 31, 2018.

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 Nevada.

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 chapter’s Program Services Committee or the Chapter or Division Board of Directors.

The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes chapter community grants also do not fund scientific research projects.

All grantees must:

-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 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.

Audited financials may be required prior to grant approval.

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:

Timeline:
- Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017
- Notification of award: October 20, 2017
- Grant period: November 06, 2017 - October 31, 2018

More information about One Key Question may be found here: http://www.onekeyquestion.org/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Aimee Nussbaum
anussbaum@marchofdimes.org
(801) 509-3170

March of Dimes Nevada
91 E Edgecombe Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada

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