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Sun Safety for Child Care Programs Policy Implementation Grant

Grants to South Dakota Child Care Programs
for Sun and UV Protection Strategies

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South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) - South Dakota Cancer Coalition

Deadline Date:

04/25/18 5:00 PM CT


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Grants of up to $250 and grants of up to $500 to South Dakota child care programs to prevent UV exposure and risk of sunburn. This program provides funding and technical assistance to child care providers seeking to adopt evidence-based sun safety interventions to reduce the burden of skin cancer.


One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life. Children’s skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they are outdoors. The South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) will assist child care programs interested in implementing a sun safety policy and evidence-based sun safety interventions to reduce the burden of skin cancer.

Funding Parameters:
-Child care programs are required to adopt or update a UV protection/sun safety policy and implement sun safety strategies that support the policy.
-Funding should be used to enhance sustainable sun safety policy, system, and environment changes. Changes, including the provision of shade cover, application and reapplication of sunscreen, and engagement of parents in policy changes through a parent permission form are evidence-based strategies recommended for a sun safe child care program.
-Project activities must occur within South Dakota and serve South Dakotans.

Policy Development:

The SD DOH has developed a Sun Safety for Child Care Programs Model Policy to guide policy development and adoption. Programs applying for funding should use this as a guide for developing a sun safety policy.

Sun Safety Strategies: Programs are required to implement evidence-based strategies that support the policy. Examples of recommended strategies include the following:
-Environmental approaches to encourage sun protection (e.g. provide, apply and reapply sunscreen, sunglasses, and shade supports such as umbrellas and tents)
-Educational approaches (e.g. provide informational messages about sun protection to children and/or their caregivers (e.g., staff, parents), parent permission form)

Grantee Responsibilities:
1. Participate in a webinar provided by the SD DOH regarding sun safety practices and grant project deliverables.
2. Participate in technical assistance calls and/or e-mails with SD DOH staff.
3. Develop and submit a draft of your Sun Safety Policy for review to ensure it includes recommended sun safety strategies.
4. Finalize and implement a Sun Safety Policy no later than July 15, 2018. Share policy with SD DOH.
5. If available, submit photos of environmental and educational approaches, e.g., outdoor shade structures, educational materials etc. Please note photos should not include people including children, staff, parents, etc.
6. Monitor and evaluate project activities using templates provided.
7. Submit a final progress report and success story using the templates provided. (Due 9/30/18)
8. Have the director of the facility complete a pre/post evaluation assessment.
9. Expend all of the funds awarded.

Department of Health Responsibilities:
1. Provide training on sun safety strategies to grantees via Zoom.
2. Provide technical assistance for project implementation.
3. Review draft Sun Safety Policy and provide feedback to grantees to finalize.
4. Provide funding to support project implementation upon completion of a W-9 and grant agreement.

Funds CAN be used for items such as: Bulk sunscreen, dispenser rack, smaller bottles to transport sunscreen for reapplication, umbrellas and temporary shade, or educational materials and printing expenses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181708

Number of Grants:

Up to ten applicants will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Home-based child care programs may request up to $250 and center-based child care programs may request up to $500.

Term of Contract:

The project period is June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

SD child care programs currently licensed or registered with the SD Department of Social Services are eligible to apply for funding. Child care programs include, but are not limited to, licensed day care centers, licensed day care homes, licensed after school care, and summer child care programs.

Funds CANNOT be used for: Lobbying efforts at the local, state, or federal level, purchasing food or beverages, purchasing or installation of equipment, construction, infrastructure, or building maintenance, indirect costs, or staff time

Pre-Application Information:

Staff will be available to answer questions, review grant applications and provide recommendations for revisions until April 24.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM CT on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

RFA Schedule:
-Request for grant applications released and posted: March 21, 2018
-Last day for questions and to request review of grant application: April 24, 2018
-Application submission deadline: 5:00 PM CT on April 25, 2018
-Notice of grant award issued (via email): Week of May 14th (tentative)
-Project Period: June 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Lexi Pugsley

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota