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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 Rhode Island

    The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter funds programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. This includes providing financial support to research and education that will help moms before and during their pregnancies. It also includes working with local medical groups and organizations to improve prenatal care and newborn screening.

    Grants and awards are given to projects that address the urgent needs of moms and babies.

    The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter uses gifts wisely. 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.

    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 Rhode Island 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

    In 2015 & 2016, the Rhode Island Chapter has approximately $30,000 in available Community Grant funding.  It is anticipated that 2 projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 each. Please see the attached Request for Proposal to view the specific guidelines and application process. 
    Key dates: 
    Proposals due:                11/10/2015
    Notification of awards:   12/15/2015
    Community Grant Priority Areas: 
    1. Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services focusing on premature birth recurrence prevention such as education about “17P” (17α hydroxyprogesterone caproate) treatment for women who have had a previous singleton premature birth.
    2. Providing or enhancing preconception health education and/or services with a focus on access to contraception.
    3. Providing or enhancing health education and/or services with a focus on reducing morbidity associated with perinatal addiction.
    4. Providing education regarding fertility treatments (i.e. ovarian stimulation, assisted reproductive technology) and the associated risks of multiple births and prematurity, and ways to potentially reduce those risks.
    5. Supporting a quality improvement program related to premature birth prevention with the goal of catalyzing systems change
    Community Awards
    For smaller scale projects (up to $3,000), the Rhode Island Chapters accepts applications for Community Awards on a rolling basis.  Please see attached application for more information.
    Community Award Categories:
    • Interconception education and healthcare
    • Preconception education and healthcare
    • Prenatal care services
    • Prenatal adjunct services
    • Prenatal education and social support
    • Professional education and training
    • Early elective delivery prevention
    • Education materials
    • Genetic services for non-pregnant women
    • Group prenatal care (Centering Pregnancy)
    • Group prenatal care (other than Centering Pregnancy)


    See also: Apply for a grant (PDF,338.31kb)

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