Maryland–National Capital Area grants
Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in our community
We award grants to organizations that further the March of Dimes mission, support national and chapter objectives and help reduce disparities in birth outcomes.
All grant proposals must address the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Projects may focus on consumers and/or health care providers. The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services.
Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: help reduce disparities in premature birth; are evidence-based and/or include measurable outcomes.
Our current grant cycle will begin June 28, 2012. Please review the 2013 grant guidelines (PDF).
2013 Grant Funding Priorities
1. Implementation of the Centering Pregnancy model of prenatal care at a NEW site or enhancement of EXISTING Centering Pregnancy projects with risk reduction education and/or services. Special consideration will be given to large physician or nurse midwifery practices. For more information on Centering Pregnancy, go to www.centeringhealthcare.org. Interested applicants should contact the Centering Healthcare Institute for a “readiness survey” and an implementation plan quote PRIOR TO applying for funding. Applicants must have dedicated space for the Centering Pregnancy program and meet all other space requirements (as outlined on conference calls). All Centering Pregnancy grantees are required to complete March of Dimes data collection and evaluation forms and participate in a Centering Pregnancy Network where available in Maryland and/or Virginia.
2. Quality improvement programs to decrease late preterm births related to elective labor inductions and c/sections performed prior to 39 weeks. Ensure compliance with ACOG guidelines and March of Dimes 39 week toolkit, which can be downloaded for free.
3. Development of a video addressing culturally sensitive and appropriate risk-reduction education activities as outlined by March of Dimes NICU Family Support. Video that will specifically targets families who have already experienced a preterm birth or have a baby in the NICU.
4. Enhance the current 2.1.1. helpline in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. with risk-reduction information to be given to women of childbearing age (15 to 44 years old). The 2.1.1. system provides free and confidential information and referrals, 24-hours a day. The work for this priority would be within the organizations responsible for 2.1.1. in the jurisdictions of Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Strong consideration will be given to applications that include all three areas and are willing to work across state lines for consistency and equity of information/services.