March of Dimes Offers 2014 Grant Funding
Columbia, South Carolina, September 12, 2013
The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is accepting applications for 2014 community grants. In 2013, the chapter awarded more than $400,000 in community grant funds to organizations in South Carolina to address unmet maternal and child health needs.
The Chapter Community Grants Program is designed to invest in projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support the National Prematurity Campaign objectives and further the strategic goal of reducing disparities in birth outcomes. These grants are one way the March of Dimes pursues its mission of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
“The South Carolina Chapter believes that we can help mothers and babies through partnerships with organizations whose missions directly align with the March of Dimes,” said Breana Lipscomb, March of Dimes Director of Program Services.
Projects may focus on consumers and/or health care providers. Priorities for 2014 include:
1. Providing or enhancing preconception health education and/or services.
2. Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services. Risk reduction projects include, but are not limited to:
-Providing smoking cessation education and/or services to pregnant women.
-Increasing health education and information/referral services available to pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs.
-Focusing on premature birth recurrence prevention.
-Implementing community programs that aim to promote equity in birth outcomes.
-Increasing pregnant women’s participation in state or local maternal child health programs through enhanced outreach, education and public awareness.
-Implementing home visiting programs.
-Enhancing services for pregnant women with chronic diseases that increase the risk of premature birth such as diabetes and hypothyroidism.
3. Enhancing the availability, quality, awareness of and utilization of genetics services and other patient services, including newborn screening, to strengthen care and prevention of birth defects.
4. Increasing education related to reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in high-risk communities.
Organizations interested in applying can access an online application at marchofdimes.com/southcarolina. Applications are due by 4pm on October 18, 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, contact the March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter at 803-252-5200.
Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate healthcare providers and women about having healthy babies.
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. Approximately four million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education.