Maternal Care Innovation Grants
Maternal mortality is a serious public health issue in Pennsylvania, with a pregnancy-associated mortality rate of 82 deaths per 100,000 live births. Race, pre-existing health conditions, social determinants of health, and early access to prenatal care have all been linked as contributing factors of poor maternal outcomes.
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 in order to reduce maternal mortality, morbidity, and to support new families in Pennsylvania.
Proposals are being sought for innovative maternal care grants which will positively impact maternal health outcomes. Proposals must address the goal of reducing maternal mortality, reducing maternal morbidity, and/or supporting new families in Pennsylvania. Grants may range from infrastructure, information technology, staff, services, materials, etc., so long as applications demonstrate how the grant will benefit pregnant people and/or new families.
Proposals are currently being accepted for Maternal Care Innovation grants ranging between $15,000 - $100,000.
Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) here to learn about the proposal requirements and how to apply.
Organizations that provide services and support to populations experiencing disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality and/or morbidity as well as pregnant individuals and new families that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be considered under this RFP through April 30, 2024 or until funding is fully expended. If you are interested in applying, please email MCH-RFP@jhf.org with the intent to be included on all communications regarding the current RFP.
Questions can be sent to MCH-RFP@jhf.org. Answers will be posted on this page and will be shared with potential applicants.
Informational sessions were held for interested applicants on 4/28 and 5/1. Download the slides from these sessions here .
F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the source of funding for this grant?
The funding available for this opportunity is federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. JHF is operating as a fiscal agent to distribute the funds according to a contract between JHF and PA DHS.
Are there deadlines for applications?
Applications will be accepted through April 2024 or until funding is expended, whichever occurs first.
Are indirect costs allowable in the budget as part of the RFP?
Reasonable administrative overhead costs will be allowed.
What if my organization does not carry the insurance required in the RFP?
Insurance coverage is required as outlined in the RFP. This funding cannot be used to purchase new insurance so that an organization is eligible to apply.
If these insurance requirements preclude your organization from applying, an option may be to work with a fiscal agent or a partner organization – an organization which does maintain the required insurance and will subcontract or otherwise partner with your organization to conduct the proposed work. Any arrangements of this nature should be made clear in the proposal and letters of support outlining this relationship will be required.
In the Subgrant requirements, under a.12. Americans with Disabilities Act, does compliance require that our buildings are ADA-compliant?
The ADA requirement only pertains to the services and/or activities that are being proposed for funding. Services, activities, etc., that will not be associated with the proposed work are not expected to comply with any of the terms of this RFP.