Washington Chapter 2012 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 Washington 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. The Washington Chapter will fund projects that seek to improve birth outcomes in American Indian and African American families. We strongly encourage tribes and tribal partners as well as organizations and partners primarily serving the African American community to apply. 1. Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services. Risk reduction projects include, but are not limited to: Implementing community programs that aim to promote equity in birth outcomes. Only programs designed specifically for American Indian and African American families will be considered. For information in improving birth outcomes for American Indian families visit: i. http://www.aihc-wa.com inquire about the Maternal and Child Health Strategic Plan ii. www.comingoftheblessing.com and iii. http://equalstartwa.org/home.html Implementing home visiting programs (i.e. Nurse Family Partnership®). Only Home Visiting programs that address the specific needs of American Indian and African American families will be considered. 2. Enhancing care through the group prenatal care model (e.g. CenteringPregnancy®). Applicants serving American Indian and African American women strongly encouraged to apply. The Washington Chapter will look favorably on applications that demonstrate collaboration and partnership between providers/clinicians and tribes / community organizations. The Washington Chapter seeks to fund projects that are sustainable, will result in a changed practice or in a new innovation that can be replicated to produce improvements in birth outcomes, knowledge or health behavior. FUNDING AVAILABLE The applicant must provide services within the March of Dimes Washington Chapter geographic boundaries— applications from Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Skamania should be directed toward the Oregon Chapter. The chapter community grants fund for 2012 is approximately $60,000. Chapter community grants are approved for one year. APPLICATION & REVIEW PROCESS To apply, applicants should first obtain the full application guidelines and required forms. Please find these on our website at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/washington/. Proposals must address at least one of the funding priorities listed. An original grant proposal must be received in the chapter office by 4pm on June 29, 2012. Please be advised that proposals are non-binding. Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary volunteer State Program Services Committee. GRANT SCHEDULE Proposals Due Notification of Awards Project Year June 29, 2012 August 1, 2012 October 2012-September 2013 For more information and to download application guidelines, go to: marchofdimes.com/Washington or contact: Gina Legaz, State Director of Programs and Public Affairs March of Dimes Washington Chapter 1904 Third Ave Suite 230 Seattle, WA, 98101 Phone: 206-452-6638 Fax: 206-292-8190 [email protected] In 2011, the March of Dimes Washington Chapter funded a variety of projects, including: CenteringPregnancy at Columbia Health Center Comenzando Bien at the Memorial Foundation Quality Improvement Initiatives to reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart, Tacoma General Hospital and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Please Note: 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.