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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

220 West Exchange St. #003

Providence, RI  02903

(401) 454-1911

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    Helping moms and babies in Illinois

    The Illinois 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 birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

    Preconception/Interconception Care: two strategies

    • Smoking reduction/cessation programming for pregnant women and women of reproductive age
                                                                                        OR
    • Weight management and healthy lifestyle programming for overweight/obese women during and after pregnancy

    Becoming a MomTM/Comenzando bien® Group Prenatal Education:

    • The Illinois Chapter is seeking applications to fund organizations and/or health centers to implement and evaluate the impact of this curriculum among pregnant women

    2015 Request for Applications Deadline is Friday, June 19, 2015.
    Application materials can be accessed at the links below.

    Preconception/Interconception Care
    Preconception/Interconception care is a core priorities that the Illinois Chapter will be focusing on during 2013-2015. Within the spectrum of recommendations for pre/interconception health care, the March of Dimes will focus on two strategies: smoking reduction/cessation and weight management programming among pregnant women and women of reproductive age.

    2015 Pre/Interconception Care RFA (PDF)

    Becoming a MomTM/Comenzando bien®
    Becoming a MomTM/Comenzando bien® is a bilingual prenatal education curriculum designed to be implemented in a group setting. This unique curriculum includes information tailored to specific racial/ethnic groups and has goals such as: teaching women about having a healthy pregnancy and creating supportive environments that promote healthy behaviors and positive birth outcomes.

    2015 Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® RFA (PDF)

    Please note: Applicants may apply for one or both funding of the priority areas, but separate applications must be submitted.

    Conference calls have been scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2015 to review and answer any questions. Please see schedule below:

    9 a.m. - Preconception/Interconception RFA call
    10 a.m. - Becoming a MomTM/Comenzando bien® RFA conference call

    Conference call presentation

    Dial-in number: (866) 638-1558
    Conference code: 663-482-0980


    Applicants must submit both an electronic and original hardcopy of their application by 12 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015.


    Electronic submissions must be in Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) format.

    Hardcopy submissions should be sent to:
    Priscilla Williams, MA
    Associate Director of Program Services
    111 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1650 Chicago, IL 60604

    For answers to questions about the logistics of RFP submission, please contact Priscilla Williams, Associate Director of Program Services.

    Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary Program Services Committee. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by Friday, August 21, 2015. The grant period is from September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016.

    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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