Healthy Start grants to community-based organizations have helped reduce racial and ethnic disparities and improves perinatal health outcomes for 22 years.
The Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health funding opportunity represents a substantial change in the program. The opportunity was originally offered between December 5, 2013 and January 21, 2014. This current competition has an application submission deadline of March 31, 2014.
The funding opportunity comprises three grant competitions:
Funded projects will focus on activities built on the Healthy Start model:
This is a full and open competition and an estimated 600 counties and a significantly larger number of communities of high risk populations are eligible project areas.
Any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization, community-based organization (including faith-based organization) is eligible to apply, although all applicants must have significant experience developing and implementing statewide early childhood comprehensive systems strategies to improve the health of young children. Applications that fail to show such experience will not be competitive. Applicants must have both direct fiduciary and administrative responsibility over the proposed Healthy Start project.
This program will provide funding during Federal fiscal years 2014 - 2018. Approximately $82 million is expected to be available annually to fund approximately 88 grant projects, subject to the appropriation of funds.
Organizations, not individuals, are eligible to apply. Completing a grant application can take 40 hours or more. Be sure to avoid common mistakes that stop an application before it is even reviewed.
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