Available Funding and Funding Priorities for Utah

Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018

Notification of award: February 16, 2018

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


The March of Dimes Utah is seeking grant applications for 2018. Grant awards will be made in the $4,000 to $8,000 range for a twelve-month time period. The March of Dimes Utah MCH Committee will review and recommend proposals for funding.

Proposals due: February 2, 2018
Notification of awards via email: February 16, 2018
Signed March of Dimes Grant Agreement due: February 28, 2018
Grant period: March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019


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. Proposals will be ac cepted from organizations with the demonstrated capacity, competence and experience to accomplish project goals and objectives. The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. All proposals must detail how they measure program outcomes.

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 in one or more of the following priority areas:

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. Interpregnancy spacing (the time between the end of one pregnancy and the beginning of the next one) of less than 18 months is associated with higher rates of premature birth and maternal complications, with very short pregnancy spacing (<6 months) carrying the highest risk. In fact, there is nearly a 4-fold increase in spontaneous early preterm births among women with very short pregnancy spacing of < 6 months. Prolonging interpregnancy intervals to greater than 18 months would measurably reduce national preterm birth rates.

**Please see examples below for specific intervention ideas 

Rodrigues T, Barros H. Short interpregnancy interval and risk of spontaneous preterm delivery. Eur J Obstet  Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2008;136(2):184-188.

2. Increasing education of and use of progesterone for women with a history of prior preterm birth. Weekly injections for at-risk women are proven to reduce preterm births in subsequent pregnancies but this therapy is dramatically underutilized.

3. 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 lowdose aspirin, but few use this therapy.

Priority counties/areas in Utah include those with one or more of the following:
• High burden/high volume of preterm births (specifically Davis, Iron, Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Washington, and Weber counties)
• High rates of short interpregnancy interval (less than 6 months)
• High unintended pregnancy rates
• Low 17P utilization rates
• High rates of hypertension before or during pregnancy, preeclampsia, or eclampsia.

**Of particular interest, funding may be used to address funding priority area #1 (birth spacing) through models that focus on pre and interconception health/pregnancy intention screening.

1. One Key Question® is a model that provides primary care health teams, community health workers, and other providers with a simple program to incorporate pregnancy intention screening, “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” into routine care and services. Women are then offered essential preconception care and reproductive health services (or referrals) depending on their needs.

One Key Question® grant sites can be individual clinics, health centers, communitybased programs or agencies, or ideally, several partners within a community will come together to simultaneously implement – examples of partnerships:
• Clinics and Clinical providers: Ob/Gyn, family practice, primary care, midwifery, oral health care providers, etc
• Community-based organizations/non-clinical providers: promotoras, WIC, home visitors, community health workers, care coordinators, etc
• One agency/clinic/site may function as the coordinator/convener for their community partners (and as the lead grant applicant)

One Key Question® Proposals:
• If your proposal includes One Key Question® implementation, you will need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU outlines the minimum requirements of One Key Question® traing and implementation. The One Key Question® trademark and program are exclusively licensed to Power to Decide, the Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy.
• In your budget/staffing plan, we suggest considering if time to coordinate planning, implementation and evaluation can be built into existing staff time or if consultant/coordinator time needs to be included in the grant budget (for staff not already employed full time). Also, in your budget under Operating Expenses, include support consultation, technical assistance and training from Power to Decide. It is suggested you contact OKQ® at OneKeyQuestion@powertodecide.org to assess feasibility at your site and required costs.

One Key Question: onekeyquestion.org
ACOG Committee Opinion 654, Reproductive Life Planning to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy: acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Reproductive-Life-Planning-to-Reduce-Unintended-Pregnancy

2. IMPLICIT and the Interconception Care Project. IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants through Continuous Improvement Technique) is a network founded in 2003 as a collaborative of family medicine residency programs throughout the Northeast United States. Its purpose is to educate faculty and residents about primary prevention of preterm birth. IMPLICIT recognizes that pregnancy outcomes often depend on the health and lifestyle of a woman prior to her first prenatal visit. Thus, health interventions aimed at improving health in the prenatal period alone, often fail to significantly reduce low birth weight and premature births. For this reason, IMPLICIT has developed an innovative new model for providing maternal care called the Interconception Care (ICC) Project. The Interconception Care (ICC) Project focuses on maternal health screenings for four health risks during her child’s well child visits between the ages of 0 and 2 years. These risks are: smoking, depression, contraception use, and multivitamin intake. While new mothers may not establish primary care for themselves, they often accompany their infants to preventative health visits. Utilizing well child visits as an opportunity for screening new mothers for health risks may improve maternal care and future pregnancy outcomes. Interconception Care Project grant sites can be clinics which are part of a family medicine or pediatric residency program, individual clinics, or community based health care centers.

IMPLICIT Interconception Care Proposals:
• In your budget/staffing plan, we suggest considering if time to coordinate planning, implementation and evaluation can be built into existing staff time. Multivitamins for distribution, patient education materials, EMR restructuring, and funding for contraception for uninsured should also be considered with budget planning.
• More information on the IMPLICIT Toolkit can be found at www.prematurityprevention.org . Partners will need to log in to create an account and then click on ‘Toolkits & Reports’ in the drop down menu.

Additional Resources: Implicit
Peer Reviewed Publication: http://www.jabfm.org/content/22/4/380.full

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In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes Utah grant, the applicant must provide services in Utah. 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. 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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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.

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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 11 points or greater
  • Have margins of at least 1 inch on all four sides
  • Application text should be on one side only
  • If this is a second or third year request to continue your project’s March of Dimes funding, attach your most recent grant progress and expenditure reports (no page limitation).

Applicants must submit one hard copy original proposal application (with original signatures in appropriate places) to the local division office by Application deadline. Applicants should also send an electronic (email) PDF version of the original hard copy proposal application with all components scanned as one compressed PDF file to the local division staff person.  The hard copy application and the PDF application MUST be identical. No changes can be made to either version once they are submitted.  Do NOT fax applications. Late applications will not be accepted. 

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+Proposal Templates

The full proposal template can be found in Appendix D. 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 

Proposals must:
• Be no longer than 15 pages (excluding optional supplemental materials and W9 form); proposals that exceed 15 pages will not be reviewed
• Use Arial font
• Have a font size of 11 point or greater
• Use 1.5 line spacing
• Have margins of at least 1 inch on all four sides
• Adhere to the Proposal Template, available as a separate Microsoft Word document in Appendix D. Applicants should answer all questions and include all components in proposals. Submitted proposal with incomplete information will not
be reviewed.
• Project Overview (2 pages)
• Project Narrative (6-8 pages)
• Project Objectives/Activities/Evaluation Methods/Outcomes Form (3 pages)
• Budget (2 pages)
• Optional Supplemental Information
• Completed W-9 Form

1. Email your proposal to anussbaum@marchofdimes.org by 5:00pm on February 2, 2018. The electronic copy should be one complete file, either a PDF document (recommended) or a Microsoft Word document.
2. Mail one original proposal (with original signatures in appropriate places) and a completed W-9 form to the address below. The hard copy must be postmarked or shipped by February 2, 2018

Aimee Nussbaum
91 E Edgecombe Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Late applications will not be accepted. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. If you do not receive this email, please call Aimee Nussbaum to verify that your application was received.
If you have questions about completing your proposal, please contact:
Aimee Nussbaum
(801) 509 3170

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+Grantee Requirements

Upon notification of grant award, grantees must sign and return the March of Dimes grant agreement by February 28, 2018. A sample grant agreement is included in Appendix C.
Applicants should review the grant agreement prior to submitting the proposal to ensure the grant agreement deadline can be achieved. Grantees unable to submit a signed March of Dimes Grant Agreement by February 28, 2018 will not be awarded funding – no exceptions.
In addition:
• 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 Utah 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

Please refer to the March of Dimes Utah Community Grant RFP 2018 document that can be accessed by clicking “Apply,” 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.