Helping moms and babies in Alabama
The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter has one goal: to help babies start life in the healthiest way possible. Our programs help moms-to-be learn how to take care of themselves before, during, and after their pregnancy.
We are there when things don’t go as planned, providing comfort and information to families when a baby is born too soon.
The Alabama Chapter partners with local and statewide medical groups and organizations on projects aimed at improving the health of moms and babies. We also provide grants to organizations working to meet maternal and child health needs across the state.
Grants and awards are given to projects that address the most 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 community 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 (PSC).
2016 awarded grants have been approved and letters have been mailed to the recipients. The 2017 Grant Proposals Deadline will be posted later in 2016, likely over the summer.
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 (TBA) 2016. Submissions must be in Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) format.
Hardcopy submissions should be sent to:
March of Dimes Alabama
Attn: Kimberly Seals
450 Century Park South, Suite 200-B
Birmingham, AL 35226
Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary Program Services Committee. 2016 applicants will be notified of their proposal's status in September/October 2016. 2017 applicants will be notified of their proposal status in January 2017. The grant period is from February 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017.