Helping moms and babies in Alabama
The March of Dimes Alabama Markets have 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.
Alabama Markets partner with local and statewide medical groups and community 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 (unless otherwise specified).
The Alabama March of Dimes uses gifts wisely. The state 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 for 2017 will be accepted from hospitals and organizations focusing on one of the following funding priorities:
Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services. Proposed projects must aim to improve access to or delivery of care or education to pregnant women/women of childbearing age or to deliver education to health care providers on one or more of the following priority areas:
- Risk Reducing non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries: Inductions and caesarean sections scheduled before 39 weeks gestation without a medical reason increase the risk of early term and late preterm birth and their health consequences. **Preference will be given to projects that aim to implement education and outreach activities among physicians and/or patients. **
- Increasing use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth: Weekly progesterone injections for at-risk women are proven to reduce preterm birth in women with a prior preterm birth, but this therapy is dramatically under-utilized.
- 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, which is a known risk factor for preterm birth. Appropriate birth spacing would measurably reduce national preterm birth rates.
- Expanding group prenatal care: Group prenatal care reduces rates of preterm birth by combining prenatal care with group education and support services.
**Preference will be given to projects that enhance health education and information/referral services among African-American women to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in preterm birth in the above mentioned funding areas.**
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).
Letter of Intents (LOIs) for the 2017 Community Grant RFP will be by 4:00 pm on September 23, 2016. Please see the application for other important deadlines.
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. Please see respective application for submission date(s). Electronic 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 Maternal and Child Health Leadership Committee. Full proposal invitation will be made by designated dates listed in the applications. 2017 applicants will be notified of their proposal award status in January 2017.