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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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  • 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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    Community grants

    The March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter community grants program is designed to invest in priority projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support national campaign objectives, and further our strategic goal of reducing disparities in birth outcomes. Proposals will be accepted from organizations with the capacity, competence and experience to accomplish project goals and objectives. The applicant must provide services in Minnesota.


    In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes chapter grant, an 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.


    Applications due: November 7, 2014
    Notification of awards: January 2015
    Grant period: January - December 2015

    March of Dimes chapter community grants do not fund scientific research projects. Learn more about research grants funded by the March of Dimes national office or contact the Office of Research and Grants Administration.

    All chapter community grants are approved for one year only. Consideration of continued support in subsequent years requires resubmission of a proposal or planned activities for the next year, and is based on review of progress and expenditure exports, and the availability of funding. Grants may be renewed only twice for a total project time span of three years.

    For larger projects, applicants may apply for funding for a 2 or 3 year project period. To be considered, multi-year project proposals must include a budget request and objectives for the 2 or 3 year time period under consideration, as well as a copy of the applicant's most recently audited financial statement. While the project content for these grants may be approved for a multi-year period, funding renewal is not guaranteed and will be based upon review of progress and expenditure reports, and the availability of funding.


    Proposals will be accepted from organizations with the capacity, competence and experience to accomplish project goals and objectives.  Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: a) are evidence-based; b) include measurable outcomes; c) promote equity in birth outcomes.  Projects may focus on consumers and/or health care providers.  The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services.

    The chapter community grants fund for 2015 is approximately $83,250. It is anticipated that 3-5 projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 each.

    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:

    • Increasing health education and information/referral services available to pregnant women who use opioids.
    • Enhancing services for pregnant women with chronic diseases that increase the risk of premature birth such as diabetes and hypothyroidism. In particular, the March of Dimes will fund innovative programs that address weight management and healthy lifestyles among pregnant and parenting women.  A focus should also be placed on improving adherence to IOM guidelines on weight management for women of childbearing age and in reducing obesity rates in postpartum/interconception women.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the local State Health Improvement Projects (SHIP) and local Community Transformation Grant (CTG) programs. 


    To apply, review the full application guidelines and complete required 2015 Grant Application.  Proposals must address the funding priority listed.  An original grant proposal must be received in the chapter office by November 7, 2014. Please be advised that proposals are non-binding.  Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary volunteer Program Services Committee.

    See our  list of past awards for an idea of the types of programs we fund. Smaller Community Awards are available in each of our five divisions in Minnesota. Questions or to access the application in a Word document, contact Martha Overby at 612-326-9443.

    See also: 2014 Grant Application(PDF,236.29kb)

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