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Application Assistance: Healthy Start

Apply to HRSA-14-121 (Level 1), HRSA-14-120 (Level 2) or HRSA-14-122 (Level 3) at by March 31

Application Assistance On-Demand Webcast 

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

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:

  • HRSA-14-121: Level 1: Community-based Healthy Start Program to improve outcomes at the individual level.
  • HRSA-14-120: Level 2: Enhanced Services Healthy Start Program to improve outcomes at the community level.
  • HRSA-14-122: Level 3: Leadership and Mentoring Healthy Start Program to improve outcomes at the regional level.

Funded projects will focus on activities built on the Healthy Start model:

  • Improve women’s health, before, during and after pregnancy;
  • Promote quality services, with a focus on required core competencies and standardized interventions;
  • Strengthen family resilience, by engaging both parents and addressing some of the stress that underlies many disparities in birth outcomes;
  • Achieve collective impact, serving as community hubs that drive collective improvements; and
  • Increase accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring, and evaluation.

Eligible Applicants

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.

Application Basics

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. 

First step: Register

Are You an Eligible Organization?

Submit Your Application Before the Deadline

Understand the Grant Process: Pre-Award, Post-Award and Closeout (PDF - 296 KB) | recorded webcast

How to Apply - Top 10 Tips for Applicants

"Debunk the Myths" about grant application -- animated video series

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