Deadline for March of Dimes grants fast approaching

The March of Dimes grant application deadline is 4 p.m., Sept. 30. Organizations with the capacity, competence and experience to accomplish project goals and objectives are encouraged to submit proposals immediately. In 2004, the March of Dimes awarded 14 community service grants totaling $226,745. The expected funds available to awardees in 2005 are approximately $220,000 and are intended to address unmet maternal and child health needs.

In 2003, the March of Dimes launched a five-year campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. Crucial to the success of the campaign is the discovery of factors responsible for premature birth as well as the development of new and effective methods of treating babies with complications associated with prematurity. As part of this effort, the Illinois Chapter Community Grants Program is designed to invest in priority projects that further the March of Dimes mission and support national campaign objectives. Proposals will be accepted from organizations involved in several priority areas, including smoking cessation, sexually transmitted infections, genetic disorders and access to care in rural areas.

The March of Dimes offers both community service and research grants. The community services grants are intended to provide funding to hospitals, clinics, schools and other community organizations that exemplify the mission of the March of Dimes.

In 2005, it is anticipated that 10 one-year projects will be funded in the range of $10,000-$25,000, and one multi-year project will be funded in the range of $40,000-$70,000. Research grants are awarded in the areas of basic clinical research. Basic O’Connor starter research, social and behavioral sciences and to better understand reproductive hazards in the workplace.

For more information concerning grants, including application guidelines, eligibility criteria and deadlines, visit the March of Dimes’ Web site at and click on programs and then on grants.

“Here in Illinois we found that we could help mothers and babies through many different community service and research grants,” said Gail Wilson, Illinois state director of March of Dimes. “We are grateful that our successful fund-raising efforts, such as WalkAmerica, make it possible for us to support new efforts to help more babies to be born healthy in Illinois.”

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a five-year campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. More info: or its Spanish Web site at

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