Founded in 1938, the mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We do this by funding research to understand the problem and discover answers, helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, and supporting families and comforting them when their baby needs help to survive and thrive.
Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities. In 2003, the March of Dimes launched the Prematurity Campaign to address the crisis and help families have healthy, full-term babies. The campaign funds research to find the causes of premature birth, and to identify and test promising interventions; educates health care providers and women about risk-reduction strategies; advocates to expand access to health care coverage to improve maternity care and infant health outcomes; provides information and emotional support to families affected by prematurity; and generates concern and action around the problem.
As part of this effort, the Minnesota 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.
Community grants must be used in the division they are awarded. Community awards are not to be used for program evaluation. The applicant must provide services in the in the designated area for each of the five divisions in Minnesota including Central, Greater Twin Cities, Northland, Southeast and Southwest.
The chapter’s community awards fund for 2015 for each division is approximately $1,850. Awards may be granted ranging from $150 to $1,000 each. For larger grants, contact the March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter to learn more about the March of Dimes Chapter Community Grants Program. Below are current primary and secondary categories in which March of Dimes provides community awards:
Primary purpose category:
- Pre/Interconception education and healthcare
- Prenatal care services
- Prenatal adjunct services
- Prenatal education and social support
- Professional education and training
- Quality improvement
Secondary purpose category:
- Care coordination (case management, patient navigator, medical home, etc.)
- Chronic disease management in pregnancy (hypertension, diabetes, obesity, etc.)
- Early elective delivery prevention
- Early entry into prenatal care
- Education materials
- Fertility treatment education
- Folic acid
- Group prenatal care (CenteringPregnancy®)
- Group prenatal care (other than CenteringPregnancy)
- Home visiting
- Interconception education
- Maternal/Child Health (MCH) program enrollment (getting women into WIC, Medicaid, CHIP, etc.)
- Newborn screening
- Preconception education
- Prenatal education/incentive
- Preterm labor prevention
- Risk reduction education/services (alcohol and drug use)
- Risk reduction education/services (smoking cessation)
In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes chapter community award, 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. For more information about larger grants in Minnesota, see our Community Grants criteria.
The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes chapter community grants and awards also do not fund scientific research projects. For information about research grants funded by the March of Dimes national office, please go to marchofdimes.org/research.
For more information about community awards or community grants, contact Martha Overby.
Apply for a Central Division Community Award (PDF,135.00kb)
, Apply for a Greater Twin Cities Division Community Award(PDF,134.29kb)
, Apply for a Northland Division Community Award(PDF,134.75kb)
, Apply for a Southeast Division Community Award
, Apply for a Southwest Division Community Award(PDF,134.66kb)