2014 Community Grants RFP
Hawaii Chapter 2014 Community Grant Program
Request for Proposals
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies.
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 Prematurity Campaign was launched 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 Chapter 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.
FUNDING PRIORITY AREAS
Proposals will be accepted from organizations with the capacity, competence and experience to accomplish project goals and objectives. Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: a) are evidence-based; b) include measurable outcomes; c) promote equity in birth outcomes. Projects may focus on consumers and/or health care providers. The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services.
1. 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. Preference should be given to prenatal health education and information/referral services that utilize the "5 A's" counseling approach. For more information, go to the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecology website and read the following article: http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Committee_Opinions/Committee_on_Health_Care_for_Underserved_Women/Smoking_Cessation_During_Pregnancy.
· Increasing health education and information/referral services available to pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs.
· Implementing home visiting programs (i.e. Early Head Start-Home Visiting, Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers, Healthy Families America (HFA), Nurse Family Partnership®).
· Enhancing services for pregnant women with chronic diseases that increase the risk of premature birth such as diabetes and hypothyroidism.
2. Enhancing care through the group prenatal care model (e.g. CenteringPregnancy®). For more information, visit: http://dimension.marchofdimes.com/Interact/Pages/Content/Document.aspx?id=5449.
3. Supporting a quality improvement program related to premature birth prevention with the goal of catalyzing systems change.
The applicant must provide services in the state of Hawaii. Grant awards are expected to range from $5,000 to $20,000 each. Chapter community grants are approved for one year.
APPLICATION & REVIEW PROCESS
To apply, applicants should first obtain the full application guidelines and required forms. Proposals must address at least one of the funding priorities listed. An original grant proposal and 4 copies must be received in the Hawaii Chapter office by August 1, 2013. Please be advised that proposals are non-binding. Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary volunteer Program Services Committee.
Proposals Due August 1, 2013
Notification of Awards January, 2014
Project Year January 1 – December 31, 2014
Application guidelines and forms can be downloaded here:
March of Dimes chapter community grants 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.