Helping moms and babies in Alabama
The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter funds programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. This includes providing financial support to research and education that will help moms before and during their pregnancies. It also includes working with local medical groups and organizations to improve prenatal care and newborn screening.
Grants and awards are given to projects that address the urgent needs of moms and babies. Grants are generally
awarded for one to three years and range from $10,000 to $25,000.
The Alabama Chapter uses gifts wisely. The chapter community grants program is designed to invest in priority
projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support national and state objectives, and further our strategic
goal of reducing disparities in birth outcomes. We award grants based on a number of criteria, including the group
or organization’s ability to accomplish its goals, as well as the potential impact a project will have in helping
us prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. Proposals will be accepted from organizations
focusing on one of the following priorities:
- Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services. Risk reduction projects are limited to:
*Providing smoking cessation education and/or services to pregnant women. Preference should be given to prenatal health education and information/referral services that utilize evidence-based counseling approaches.
Increasing health education and information/referral services available to pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs.
*Implementing home visiting programs (i.e. Early Head Start-Home Visiting, Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers, Healthy Families America (HFA), Nurse Family Partnership®).
- Providing or enhancing education and/or services for populations at greatest risk for preterm birth and infant mortality.
*Enhancing health education and information/referral services that aim to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in preterm birth.
*Implementing community programs that aim to promote equity in birth outcomes. This may include March of Dimes programs like Stork’s Nest®1, Project Alpha, Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien®, and The Coming of the Blessing®.
- Supporting a quality improvement program related to premature birth prevention with the goal of catalyzing systems change.
- Providing or enhancing preconception health education and/or services. For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preconception Health and Health Care resources for health professionals at: www.cdc.gov/preconception.
In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes chapter grant, an 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.
2015-2016 Request for Proposals Deadline is Monday, August 3, 2015.
To apply, applicants should first review the full application, guidelines and required forms. Proposals must address at least one of the funding priorities mentioned. Please be advised that proposals are non-binding. Electronic submission responses need to be received no later than 4:00PM CST, August 3, 2015. Submissions must be in Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) format.
Hardcopy submissions must be received by August 3, 2015 and should be sent to:
March of Dimes
450 Century Park South, Suite 200-B
Birmingham, AL 35226
Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary Program Services Committee. 2015 applicants will be notified of their proposal's status in September 2015. 2016 applicants will be notified of their proposal status in January 2016. The grant period is from February 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017.