California Community Grants Program Request for Proposals

Deadline: Monday, November 27, 2017

Notification of award: January 02, 2018

Grant period: February 01, 2018 - January 31, 2019

Description:

Priority Counties and Populations in California:

  • Counties with high burden/high volume of preterm births: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Clara.
  • Racial/ethnic populations with high disparities in preterm birth rates. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating outreach and services specifically targeted to African-American women.
  • Women with a history of prior premature birth. Having a premature birth in the past is one of the strongest clinical risk factors and increases a woman’s risk of having a subsequent premature birth by 1.5 to 2-fold.

Proposed projects must improve access to care, services, or education to pregnant women/interconception women/women of childbearing age.

Projects must address one or more of the following priority areas:

  1. Encouraging women to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart
  2. Increasing use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth
  3. Increasing use of low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia

Guidelines and Resources:

March of Dimes California Community Grants Program - 2018 Request for Proposals

Appendix D – Project Overview and Narrative Template

W-9 Form

One Key Question Overview

Grant Proposal Informational Webinar

Interested applicants are invited to participate in a webinar to learn about 2018 funding priorities and proposal guidelines.

October 23, 2017

11:00am -12:15pm

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/56463606585634307

The webinar will be recorded for those unable to participate on October 23rd.

Please email californiagrants@marchofdimes.org to request a link to the recording.

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+Eligibility

In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes California grant, the applicant must provide services in California. The applicant organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) or for profit organization or government agency. March of Dimes does not award grants to individuals. Applicants must disclose any conflict of interest due to representation by their organization on the March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Statewide Committee or the Market Board.


March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. March of Dimes community grants also do not fund scientific research projects. For information about research grants funded by March of Dimes, please go to marchofdimes.org/research.


All grantees must (i) certify that they are not presently listed on the Federal Excluded Party List, debarred or suspended from the award of any federal or state contracts, or excluded from participation in any governmental medical reimbursement programs; and must (ii) attest that they/will comply with all laws and regulations (to include federal, state and local laws and regulations). Additionally, March of Dimes grantees may be screened to ensure that they are not debarred or suspended by the Federal Government and/or local State agencies.

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+Funding

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2018 document in the Resources section above.

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+Applicant Instructions

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2018 document in the Resources section above.

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+Proposal Templates

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant Proposal template document in the Resources section above.

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+Grantee Requirements

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2018 document in the Resources section above.

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+Primary and secondary purpose categories

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2018 document in the Resources section above

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+Additional information about project objectives and outcomes

Project objectives should be specific and measurable. For example:

  • One measurable objective of this project is to increase the percentage of pregnant women enrolled who have a prenatal visit in the first trimester of pregnancy from 40% (baseline) to 50% as measured by medical records review.
  • One measurable objective of this project is to decrease the percentage of preterm births among women enrolled in the project from 18% (baseline) to 16.5% as measured by medical records review.

Outcomes are benefits to clients from participation in the program, yet are often mistaken with program outputs or units of services such as the number of clients who went through a program. Outcomes for March of Dimes projects are usually in terms of changes in knowledge, behavior, or birth outcomes. To measure outcomes, baseline data is needed for comparison with data collected during and after project implementation. Below are sample objectives to give you ideas for content and wording about outcomes. Please notice the references to baseline data. 

  • Knowledge Change - By MM/YY, 60% of program participants will demonstrate an increase in the perinatal knowledge test as measured by pre/post-tests.  (Baseline will come from pre-test results.)
  • Intent to Change Behavior - By MM/YY, 80% of participants will agree to make at least one positive behavior change as a result of attending the prenatal classes as measured by client interviews.  (Baseline will come from intake interviews.)
  • Behavior Change - By MM/YY, the number of women accessing adequate perinatal care (at least 13 prenatal visits beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy) at XYZ Health Center will increase from 125/year (baseline) to 150/year through the services of a Patient Navigator as measured by a review of client records.
  • Change in Birth Outcome - By MM/YY, decrease the percentage of preterm births among women enrolled in the project from 18% (baseline) to 16.5% as measured medical records review.

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+Allowable and non-allowable costs

Allowable Costs Include:

  • Salary - grant funds may be used to cover salaries for project-related employees, but cannot be used to pay salary costs for employees who are already employed full-time. Exceptions may be made in circumstances where a specified position is supported primarily by grant funds and the applicant can demonstrate that the requested funds would replace existing grant funds.
  • Consultant fees.
  • Materials and supplies (e.g. office supplies, health-related materials, refreshments, incentives) necessary to accomplish the specific objectives of the proposal that are usually "used up" in the course of the project. Incentives are items used to enable or ensure participants are able to take advantage of services provided by grantees, for example metro or bus cards to assist women in attending prenatal care appointments or educational sessions.
  • Printing and travel that are reasonable and necessary for project implementation.  March of Dimes funds may NOT be used to pay for first class travel.
  • Facilities - rental costs associated with using a physical location for an activity necessary to accomplish the specific objectives of the proposal are permitted.
  • Indirect costs are allowable for grants of $25,000 or more only and cannot exceed 10% of total costs. 

Non-Allowable Costs Include:

  • Salary costs for staff who are already employed full-time by their organization (see exceptions above).
  • Construction, alteration, maintenance of buildings or building space.
  • Dues for organizational membership in professional societies.
  • Tuition, conference fees or awards for individuals.
  • Cash stipends for individuals
  • Billable services provided by physicians or other providers.
  • Permanent equipment (e.g. computers, video monitors, software printers, furniture) unless essential to project implementation and not available from other sources.
  • Educational materials that do not meet the quality or evidence-based standards provided by March of Dimes
  • Indirect costs for grants under $25,000.
  • Advertising materials and purchase of media time/space: Budget costs relating to these items may not be allowable depending on project specifics. Please consult with the chapter contact listed in this application regarding whether proposed items are allowable.