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  • We award grants to address the needs of moms, babies and families.
  • Our funding supports programs in communities throughout the state.
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    Helping moms and babies in California

    The March of Dimes California Chapter funds programs that address the health concerns of pregnant women, moms and babies. Our grants program has two components: Community Grants and Community Awards.  Please scroll down the page for Community Award information.  

    To be eligible for any type of grant funding from the California Chapter, your agency must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) or for-profit organization or government agency providing services in California.  The March of Dimes does not award grants to individuals.

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    2015 Community Grant full proposal submission is by invitation only.  Agencies must have submitted a concept paper before the deadline of 5:00pm on June 10th, 2014 to be eligible to submit a full proposal. 

    Applications for 2014 Community Awards are still open - please see the Community Awards section below for details.  

    If you submitted a concept paper for the 2015 funding cycle, you should have received an email on June 30, 2014 notifying you of the results of our the review process.  If you were invited to submit a full proposal, the deadline to submit your proposal is 5:00pm on August 18, 2014

    Click on the link below to view a list of Community Grants funded in 2014.
    2014 Community Grants (PDF)

    Applications for 2014 Community Awards are open! Community Awards are designed for small-scale projects. Community Award applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis throughout 2014 until all funds are expended. 

    Community Award funding is distributed by geographical area; as of July 2014, we still have funding available for all areas of California.  A list of areas for which funding is no longer available will be posted on this page as awards are made. 

    Guidelines and application materials for 2014 Community Awards can be downloaded by using the links on this page. The California Chapter's Community Award fund for 2014 is $34,000. Awards will range from $500 to $3,000.

    Please review the application guidelines carefully before submitting your application.  To be considered for funding, applications must contain all requested information. Projects which do not meet at least one of the Funding Priority Areas will not be considered for funding.  

    Please allow 6-8 weeks for application review.

    Community Award Application Guidelines (PDF)

    Cover Page (Word)

    Budget Form (Excel)

    W-9 Form (PDF) (Submit first page only)

    To submit your Community Award application online, click on the link below. 


    Community Award applications can also be submitted by email.

    Click on the link below to view a list of Community Awards funded in 2013.

    2013 Community Awards

    Please contact us if you have questions about the Community Grants program:
    Phone: (415) 217-6380 or (415) 217-6387

    Office Hours, Summer 2014
    Monday to Thursday - 8:30am to 5:30pm 
    Friday - 9am to 12 noon



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