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Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible Cities to
Promote Health Equity and Improve Women's Health

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Merck for Mothers

Deadline Date:

08/24/20 11:59PM (ET)

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in eligible cities to improve health outcomes among pregnant and postpartum women in the aftermath of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The purpose of this program is to promote health equity and decrease the rate of maternal mortality. Proposals are welcome from community-based organizations in U.S. cities with a minimum population of 100,000. Geographies of particular interest include Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington, DC; however, organizations outside of these states and territories are also welcome to apply.

The Safer Childbirth Cities Initiative aims to support community-based organizations in U.S. cities with a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity to implement evidence-based interventions and innovative approaches to reverse the country’s maternal health trends. Organizations are invited to apply for funding as part of the second cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities, with the aim of adding to the current efforts by expanding geographically to additional U.S. cities and catalyzing solutions that will have the greatest impact on vulnerable populations in maternal health. The goal of the Safer Childbirth Cities initiative is to foster locally responsive solutions that help cities become safer – and more equitable – places to give birth.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on how pregnant women and new mothers are seeking and receiving health care, there may be increased risk for maternal health-related complications and potentially greater challenges in managing these complications effectively. As prenatal and postpartum appointments move to virtual platforms or are further reconfigured, pregnant women may not receive the breadth of care or support they need for a safe childbirth.

COVID-19 is also exposing racial inequities in care that have persisted in maternal health for decades. To make maternal health care more equitable and to fortify the linkages between community resources and clinical care systems during this time, urgent attention is needed to continue providing pregnant and postpartum women the care they need and to maintain momentum for maternal health and well-being.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190593

Number of Grants:

Merck for Mothers will select a limited number of applicants to receive grants. Merck for Mothers expects to fund at least five projects at different award levels.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Merck for Mothers expects to fund projects at different award levels, with a maximum budget of $1 million over 2-3 years. Note that Merck is not permitted to provide funding that exceeds fifty percent (50%) of an organization’s annual operating budget; total budget requests must align with audited financial statements provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Merck for Mothers is only able to fund non-profit, 501c(3) organizations. Merck for Mothers cannot provide funding to city or state health departments, other government entities, hospitals or health systems. Merck for Mothers also cannot provide funding to political organizations, campaigns and activities or to organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, national origin, veteran’s status or disability.

In an effort to expand the Safer Childbirth Cities initiative to more cities across the country, Merck for Mothers is interested in supporting organizations working in cities that are not part of the first cohort.

The following activities and organizations (including partner organizations) are not eligible for Merck for Mothers funding:
- Activities or organizations that directly influence or advance Merck’s business (commercial) or marketing interests, including purchase/influence of purchase of Merck products
- Engagement/payments of government officials and city agencies (which in many cases could include hospital employees in government-run facilities)
- Payments/incentives/benefits going to health care providers
- Purchase of computers or other durable goods. This also includes any equipment with a lifespan beyond the end date of the project.
- Capital expenses, including construction and renovation of facilities or endowments
- Purchase of supplies or equipment unrelated to this project or program
- Payment of staff salaries or other costs not involved in this project or program

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should submit proposals by 11:59PM (ET) August 24, 2020.

Applicants should submit any questions regarding this request for proposals by June 22, 2020. Responses will be shared by July 2, 2020.

Timeline
- RFP issued: June 15, 2020
- Questions submitted regarding the RFP: June 22, 2020
- Responses to questions shared with applicants: July 2, 2020
- Full Proposals Due: August 24, 2020
- Applicants notified: October 2020
- Funds awarded No later than first quarter of 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions and applications to: CSTMFORMOTHERS@merck.com.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Proposals are welcome from community-based organizations in other U.S. cities with a minimum population of 100,000. Geographies of particular interest include Alabama Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC; however, organizations outside of these states and territories are also welcome to apply.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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