Available Funding and Funding Priorities for Minnesota

Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Notification of award: March 01, 2018

Grant period: March 01, 2018 - February 28, 2019


The community grants fund for 2018 is approximately $10,000. It is anticipated that one to three projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 each.

Organizations serving African American, American Indian or other communities of color are highly encouraged to apply. Organizations serving pregnant women in Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Beltrami and Olmstead counties are highly encouraged to apply. 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:

Priority areas

Group Prenatal Care

Implementation, continuation or expansion of group prenatal care: Group prenatal care reduces rates of preterm birth by combining prenatal care with group education and support services. We are looking to fund start-up/training costs and/or ongoing implementation/ expansion costs that might include training (e.g. initial, advanced, or train-the-trainer), materials, consultation support costs, meeting costs, etc.

Birth Spacing

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. (Potential proposals may include quality improvement, utilizing programs such as IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants through Continuous Improvement Techniques), One Key Question®, or other QI initiatives within OB, primary care, family medicine or pediatric providers that would increase discussion of, access to and patient education about birth spacing.)

17P for the Prevention of Recurrent Preterm Birth

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.

down arrow icon


In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes community grant, the applicant must provide services in given State. 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 chapter’s Program Services Committee or the Chapter or Division Board of Directors.

The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes chapter 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.com/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. 

Audited financials may be required prior to grant approval.

down arrow icon


All chapter community grants are approved for one year only. Applicants may choose to submit a proposal that covers a two or three year project period. However, March of Dimes only awards funds for one year at a time (maximum three consecutive years). Funding for years two and three is not guaranteed and will be based upon March of Dimes review of progress and expenditures and the availability of funds.

Multi-year project proposals must include a budget request and objectives for the two or three year time period under consideration, as well as a copy of the applicant's most recently audited financial statement.

down arrow icon

+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 11 double-spaced pages (excluding Appendices); proposals that exceed 11 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 (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 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 (CST) on 1/3/2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Proposals should be sent to:

Alicia Helion, Maternal Child Health Director March of Dimes
700 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

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 State MCH Committee Collaborative, consisting of MCH professionals from these states, will collectively review and approve of funding for the proposals. All applicants will be notified in writing of their application’s status by 3/1/2018 or before.

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.

down arrow icon

+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 Informations


down arrow icon

+Grantee Requirements

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

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 chapter for any changes in project design or implementation, variance from the submitted budget, or changes in staff overseeing the project.

down arrow icon

+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)

down arrow icon

+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.

down arrow icon

+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.