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DC Healthy Start Program

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofit, Public, and Private Organizations
to Support Women Before, During, and After Pregnancy

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District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) - Community Health Administration (CHA)

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08/30/19 6:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit, public, and private organizations to provide support services before, during, and after pregnancy for residents of Wards 5, 7, and 8. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations at least two weeks before the deadline. Funding is intended to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes in the District of Columbia. This funding opportunity seeks to implement Healthy Start perinatal health support services utilizing the care coordinator/community health worker model and community-based doula services before, during and after pregnancy.

The target population includes pregnant and postpartum mothers and their infants up to 18 months, women in pre-conceptual and inter-conceptual periods who are at high risk for poor perinatal and postnatal outcomes, and fathers/male partners affiliated with the women/infants/children participating in services. Participants must reside in Wards 5, 7 or 8 at the time of their initial enrollment.

DCHS will emphasize the shared priorities for DC Health and HRSA by addressing the following Healthy Start

- Improving Women’s Health through activities to improve coverage, access to care, health promotion and prevention and health for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Improving Family Health and Wellness through activities to support parental and community factors that promote family health and wellness, including system coordination/integration, health promotion and prevention, and social support services that protect and advance parental and infant/child health and wellbeing.

Applicants must have the capacity to serve no less than 350 program participants per calendar year to include at minimum:

- 150 pregnant women;
- 150 infants/children up to 18 months, preconception women, and interconception women (combined); and
- 50 fathers/male partners affiliated with women/infants/children in the above categories.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186464

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Anticipated # of Awards: 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Floor Award Amount: $250,000
Ceiling Award Amount: $600,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated performance and funding period is October 2019 through September 2024. The number of awards, budget periods and award amounts are contingent upon the continued availability of funds and the recipient performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible organizations/entities who can apply for grant funds under this RFA:

- Non-profit organizations
- Private organizations
- Public organization

Eligible applicants must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience providing doula services or have the ability to partner with an existing doula services organization that has a minimum of 2 years’ experience.

Individual persons are not eligible to apply or receive funding under any DC HEALTH RFA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Meeting

Friday July 26, 2019
10:30am to 12:30pm

899 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
3rd Floor Conference Room (306)

The meeting will provide an overview of CHA’s RFA requirements and address specific issues and concerns about the RFA. No applications shall be accepted by any DC Health personnel at this conference. Do not submit drafts, outlines or summaries for review, comment, or technical assistance.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- Notice of Funding Announcement Date: July 3, 2019
- Request for Application Release Date: July 12, 2019
- Pre Application Meeting Date: July 26, 2019
- Application Submission Deadline: August 30, 2019, 6:00 PM
- Anticipated Award Start Date: October 1, 2019

DC Health recommends that applicants create an EGMS account, establishing a Primary Account User as the authorized representative at least two weeks prior to the application submission deadline.

The Applicant Organization must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to apply for funding and register for the federal System for Award Management (SAM) at prior to award.

Contact Information:

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

EGMS registration and login:

Grants Management Contact
Brenda Ramsey-Boone
Office of Grants Monitoring & Program Evaluation
Community Health Administration

Program Contact
Kristal Dail
Healthy Start Program Manager,
Community Health Administration

Office of Grants Management at assists with all end-user registration if you have a question or need assistance: Primary Points of Contact: LaWanda Pelzer (202) 442-8983 and Clara McLaughlin (202) 442-9237.

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USA: Washington, DC