Available Funding and Funding Priorities for Hawaii

Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Notification of award: January 05, 2018

Grant period: January 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018


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 Hawaii 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.

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In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes State grant, the applicant must provide services in Hawaii. The applicant 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 March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Statewide Committee or the Market Board.

The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes community grants 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.

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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Proposed projects must aim to improve access to or delivery of care or education to pregnant women/women of childbearing age or to deliver education to health care providers on one or more of the following priority areas:

  1. Increasing use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth: Weekly progesterone injections for at-risk women are proven to reduce preterm birth in women with a prior preterm birth, but this therapy is dramatically under-utilized.
  1. Reducing tobacco use among pregnant women: Tobacco use is a well-documented risk factor for preterm birth and other adverse birth outcomes, but one in ten women smokes while pregnant.
  1. Encouraging women to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart: Fully one-third of all pregnancies in the U.S. occur less than 18 months after the birth of a child, which is a known risk factor for preterm birth. Appropriate birth spacing would measurably reduce national preterm birth rates.
  1. Increasing use of low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia: Preeclampsia involves high blood pressure and other factors during pregnancy, which can ultimately threaten the life or health of both mother and baby and can only be cured by delivering the infant, regardless of its gestational age. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends all at-risk women take a daily low-dose aspirin, but few use this therapy.

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+Applicant Instructions

Interested applicants must submit a proposal by the date listed above in the “Application Timeline and Funding Period.” Late submissions will not be reviewed. Proposals must:

  • Adhere to the “Proposal Template” listed below
  • Be no longer than 15 double-spaced pages (excluding Appendices); proposals that exceed 15 pages will not be reviewed
  • Have a font size of 12 points or greater
  • Have margins of at least 1 inch on all four sides

Applicants must submit one original proposal (hard copy with original signatures in appropriate places) to the address below by the date listed above. Applicants should also send an electronic copy of the proposal to the email address below by the date listed above. The electronic copy should be one complete file, either a PDF document (recommended) or a Microsoft Word document. Do NOT fax applications.

Applications must be received by 4:00PM on August 31, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Proposals should be sent to:

Lin Joseph, MCH Director

March of Dimes Hawaii

1580 Makaloa Street, Suite 1200

Honolulu, Hawaii 96814


(808) 973-2152

You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. If you do not receive this email, please call the person listed above to verify that your application was received.

The MCH Statewide Committee will review proposals. All applicants will be notified in writing of their application’s status by January 5, 2018.

All grant proposals must address the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: a) focused on prematurity prevention; b) evidence-based; c) include measurable outcomes; and d) promote equity in birth outcomes. Projects may focus on consumers and/or health care providers.

Download grant information and requirements here.

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+Proposal Templates

The full proposal template can be found in Appendix A. Applicants should answer all questions and include all components in submitted proposals. Submitted proposal with incomplete information will not be reviewed.

  • Project Overview
  • Project Abstract
  • Project Description
  • Project Objectives/Activities/Evaluation Methods/Outcomes Template
  • Budget
  • Optional Supplemental Information

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+Grantee Requirements

Upon notification of grant award, grantee must sign the March of Dimes grant agreement. If you are interested in reviewing the March of Dimes grant agreement prior to being notified if you have received a March of Dimes grant, contact the March of Dimes Hawaii Market.

March of Dimes grantees are required to report on project progress and results six months into the grant agreement and at project end.

Grantees must also get written approval from the March of Dimes Hawaii for any changes in project design or implementation, variance from the submitted budget, or changes in staff overseeing the project.

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+Primary and secondary purpose categories

Primary purpose category (select one):

  • Interconception education and healthcare
  • Preconception education and healthcare
  • Prenatal care services
  • Prenatal adjunct services
  • Prenatal education and social support
  • Professional education and training
  • Quality improvement
  • Other (please specify)

Secondary purpose category (select one):

  • Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien
  • Care coordination (case management, patient navigator, medical home, etc.)
  • Chronic disease management in pregnancy (hypertension, diabetes, obesity, etc.)
  • Coming of the Blessing
  • Early elective delivery prevention
  • Early entry into prenatal care
  • Education materials
  • Fertility treatment education
  • Folic acid
  • Genetic services for pregnant women
  • Genetic services for non-pregnant women
  • 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
  • Post-polio activities
  • Preconception education
  • Prenatal education/incentive (Stork’s Nest®)
  • Prenatal education/incentive (models other than Stork’s Nest)
  • Preterm labor prevention
  • Project Alpha
  • Preterm birth recurrence prevention education (about 17P)
  • Preterm birth recurrence prevention education (other than 17P)
  • Risk reduction education/services (alcohol and drug use)
  • Risk reduction education/services (smoking cessation)
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention
  • Other (please specify)

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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.