Helping moms and babies in Connecticut
The March of Dimes Connecticut 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 March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter uses gifts wisely. 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.
AVAILABLE FUNDING AND 2015 FUNDING PRIORITY AREAS
The chapter community grants fund for the remainder of 2015 is approximately $24,000. It is anticipated that 1-4 projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $24,000 each.
Priority areas that will be considered for funding during this cycle include:
1. 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
2. Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services. Risk reduction projects include, but are not 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 the "5 A's" counseling approach. For more information, go to the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecology website and read the following article: http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Committee_Opinions/Committee_on_Health_Care_for_Underserved_Women/Smoking_Cessation_During_Pregnancy.
· Increasing health education and information/referral services available to pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs.
· Focusing on premature birth recurrence prevention such as education about “17P” (17α hydroxyprogesterone caproate) treatment for women who have had a previous singleton premature birth.
· Implementing community programs that aim to promote equity in birth outcomes. This may include March of Dimes programs like Stork’s Nest®, Project Alpha, Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien®, and The Coming of the Blessing®.
· Increasing pregnant women’s participation in state or local maternal child health programs (e.g. Medicaid, CHIP, WIC) through enhanced outreach, education and public awareness.
· Implementing home visiting programs (i.e. Early Head Start-Home Visiting, Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers, Healthy Families America (HFA), Nurse Family Partnership®).
· Enhancing services for pregnant women with chronic diseases that increase the risk of premature birth such as diabetes and hypothyroidism.
3. Supporting a quality improvement program related to premature birth prevention with the goal of catalyzing systems change.
In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes chapter grant, the applicant must provide services in the state of Connecticut. The applicant 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.
The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes chapter community grants also do not fund scientific research projects. For information about research grants funded by the March of Dimes national office, please go to marchofdimes.com/research.
All grantees must (i) certify that they are not presently listed on the Federal Excluded Party List, debarred or suspended from the award of any federal or state contracts, or excluded from participation in any governmental medical reimbursement programs; and must (ii) attest that they /will comply with all laws and regulations (to include federal, state and local laws and regulations). Additionally, March of Dimes grantees may be screened to ensure that they are not debarred or suspended by the Federal Government and/or local State agencies.
APPLICATION TIMELINE AND FUNDING PERIOD
Proposals due: 10/30/2015
Notification of awards: 11/30/2015
Grant period: 12/01/2015
All chapter community grants are approved for one year only. Applicants may choose to submit a proposal that covers a two or three year project period. However, March of Dimes only awards funds for one year at a time (maximum three consecutive years). Funding for years two and three is not guaranteed and will be based upon March of Dimes review of progress and expenditures and the availability of funds.
Multi-year project proposals must include a budget request and objectives for the two or three year time period under consideration, as well as a copy of the applicant's most recently audited financial statement.
See attached PDF for applicant instructions and further details: Chapter Community Grants RFP 2015
Centering Pregnancy RFP 2016
The Connecticut Chapter Community Grants Program is designed to invest in priority projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support campaign objectives, and further our strategic goal of promoting equity in birth outcomes. One of the evidence-based interventions that March of Dimes supports is CenteringPregnancy®, a multifaceted model of group prenatal care. CenteringPregnancy integrates the three major components of care – health assessment, education, and support – into a unified program within a group setting. Centering is an evidence-based innovation that has been nationally recognized by leading healthcare experts because of the improved outcomes for important maternal child health factors including preterm birth rates, low birth weight rates, small for gestational age, breastfeeding rates, and immunization rates.
For the year 2016, the Connecticut Chapter has approximately $25,000 to fund CenteringPregnancy- related activities. It is anticipated that 1-3 CenteringPregnancy-related projects will be funded during this funding cycle.
ELIGIBILITY - see above criteria
APPLICATION TIMELINE AND FUNDING PERIOD
Online Site Readiness Assessment (http://centeringhealthcare.org): Before preparing proposal
Northeast Centering Symposium (Highly Recommended): 11/12/2015
Letter of Intent (LOI)*: 11/30/2015
Proposals due: 12/18/2015
Notification of awards: 01/15/2016
Grant period: 02/01/2016
See attached PDF for applicant instructions and further details: CenteringPregnancy® RFP
Applications must be received by 4:00PM on 12/18/2015. Late applications will not be accepted.