Proposals Sought for Maternal Health Innovation Grants Ranging Between $15,000-$100,000

Maternal mortality remains a serious issue in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. experienced a maternal mortality rate of 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2021, the highest of any developed country. Rates of maternal mortality continue to rise, particularly among non-Hispanic black populations.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is operating as the fiscal agent for federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to address maternal health needs. A total of $4.5 million is available for short-term, maternal care innovation projects that will positively impact maternal health in Pennsylvania. Applications are currently being accepted.

Maternal care innovation grants may range from infrastructure, information technology, staff, services, materials, etc., as long as applications demonstrate how the grant will benefit pregnant individuals and/or new families. Applications are being sought from organizations ranging in size and experience that are uniquely suited to positively impact maternal health outcomes in Pennsylvania, particularly programs and services that address systemic challenges affecting maternal health.

Interested organizations are encouraged to review the Request for Proposals (RFP) to learn more about eligibility and how to apply at

Awards are intended to be awarded to projects between $15,000 - $100,000 per year for up to two years. A review committee has been convened to make all funding decisions, comprised of subject matter experts from across Pennsylvania; a diverse mixture of maternal health experts, representatives for all regions of Pennsylvania, as well those with grant making experience.

Proposals are currently being accepted and will be awarded on a rolling basis until April 30th, 2024 or until funding has been fully expended.

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