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    Helping moms and babies in Illinois

    Illinois Chapter Strategic Mission Investment

    The Illinois Chapter Community Grants Program is designed to invest in priority projects that advance 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.

    As part of our Chapter Strategic Mission Investment Plan (2013-2015), the Illinois Chapter is making a three-year commitment to invest community grant funds to implement the March of Dimes prenatal education curriculum Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien in 14 community-based sites across Illinois.  Each site will be funded for up to two years each.

    The goals of this curriculum are 1) to teach women about having a healthy pregnancy, 2) to create a supportive environment that promotes healthy behaviors, and 3) to help participants to overcome barriers to care and become assertive and informed consumers of prenatal care services.

    To learn more about Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien, visit: http://www.marchofdimes.org/pdf/california/CA_CBTraining_BAMCBIntro.pdf.

    Community Awards 
    Agencies must have submitted a proposal before the deadline of 12 p.m. CT on August 29, 2014 to be eligible for 2014 Community Awards.

    Community Awards Timeline (Community Awards are for one year only):

    • Deadline extended: August 29, 2014 - Applications are due to March of Dimes
    • October 27, 2014 - Award letters are sent to recipients
    • November 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015 - Funding year cycle

    Community Grants
    Agencies must have submitted a proposal before the deadline of 4 p.m. CT on June 20, 2014 to be eligible for 2014 Community Grants. The grant period is from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.

    The Illinois Chapter's Program Services Committee awarded 2014 Community Grants to the following organizations:

    • Adams County Health Department
    • Boone County Health Department
    • Children's Home + Aid
    • Mason County Health Department
    • McLean County Health Department
    • Mile Square Health Center
    • Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation
    • TASC, Inc.
    • Tazewell County Health Department
    • VNA Health Care


    *Please Note:

    For answers to questions about 2014 Community Awards and Community Grants submissions, please contact Priscilla Williams, Associate Director of Program Services.

    In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes Illinois Chapter grant, an organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3), a 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.

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