March of Dimes Seeks RFPs for Grant Opportunities

The March of Dimes has released a request for proposals for 2018 grant fundingThe community grants fund for 2018 is approximately $20,000. It is anticipated that one to five projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 each.

Organizations serving American Indian pregnant women and other communities of color 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:

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.)

Note that if you are interested in IMPLICIT, a free implementation toolkit is available here

Tobacco Cessation:  Reducing tobacco use among pregnant women:  Tobacco use is a well-documented risk factor for preterm birth and other adverse birth outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to use evidence based tobacco cessation interventions (including: the 5A’s, the 3A’s and R, Baby and Me™ Tobacco Free or the SCRIPT® model). We are looking to fund training, implementation or ongoing support for evidence-based tobacco cessation programs for pregnant women.

For more information, contact Nicole Wong at: (303) 305-1222 or