Rhode Island grants
Helping moms and babies in Rhode Island
The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter funds programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. This includes providing financial support to research and education that will help moms before and during their pregnancies. It also includes working with local medical groups and organizations to improve prenatal care and newborn screening.
Grants and awards are given to projects that address the urgent needs of moms and babies.
The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter uses gifts wisely. We award grants based on a number of criteria, including the group or organization’s ability to accomplish its goals, as well as the potential impact a project will have in helping us prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.
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 Rhode Island 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. One of the evidence-based interventions that March of Dimes supports is CenteringPregnancy®, a multifaceted model of group prenatal care. CenteringPregnancy integrates the three major components of care – health assessment, education, and support – into a unified program within a group setting. Centering is an evidence-based innovation that has been nationally recognized by leading healthcare experts because of the improved outcomes for important maternal child health factors including preterm birth rates, low birth weight rates, small for gestational age, breastfeeding rates, and immunization rates.
AVAILABLE FUNDING AND 2014 FUNDING PRIORITY AREAS
In 2014 & 2015, the Rhode Island Chapter has approximately $35,000 to fund CenteringPregnancy-related activities. It is anticipated that 2-3 CenteringPregnancy-related projects will be funded over the next year with grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 each. Please see the attached Request for Proposal to view the specific guidelines and application process for this new grant cycle. Please note these key dates:
Proposals due: Proposals will be accepted & reviewed on a rolling basis until September 15, 2014. If you would like feedback and/or technical assistance on a first draft of your proposal, you are strongly encouraged to submit your completed first draft by July 15, 2014 to allow time for feedback and modification of the proposal (if necessary) before the final deadline.. Please note: Receiving feedback on and subsequently modifying a proposal does not guarantee your proposal will be funded.
Notification of awards: 11/01/14
See also: Apply for a grant (PDF,338.31kb)