Request for Applications: Black Maternal Health Week 2024
Release Date: February 13, 2024 / Applications Deadline: February 29, 2024
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, maternal mortality is on the rise in the United States. In 2021, the maternal mortality rate was 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared with 23.8 in 2020 and 20.1 in 2019.
In 2021, the maternal mortality rate for non-Hispanic Black women was 69.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, 2.6 times the rate for non-Hispanic White women (26.6). Maternal mortality rates for Black women were significantly higher than rates for White and Hispanic women. Additionally, data shows Black mothers are more likely to suffer from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders like postpartum depression at higher rates than other races.
These disparities underscore the need for increased awareness, funding and resources to drive improvement in Black maternal health outcomes.
bi3 has been committed to improving maternal and infant health for nearly a decade. Since 2013, bi3 has awarded more than $7.5 million in community grants to support a diverse array of efforts, from advocating for policy change to increasing access to culturally competent maternal and infant health care. Through these investments and other supports, our community has made progress.
However, disparities in birth and maternal health outcomes persist. Founded and led nationally by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) is a week of awareness, activism and community building aimed at amplifying the voices of Black mamas. Held annually April 11–17, BMHW was officially recognized by the White House on April 13, 2021.
bi3 recognizes BMHW as a unique opportunity to educate the broader community on Black maternal health and celebrate Black women’s leadership in this space.
bi3 is interested in supporting ideas to build awareness, activism, and community-building that amplifies Black women’s voices, perspectives, and lived experiences on the path toward improving and advancing Black maternal health.
Examples of BMHW events include but are not limited to:
- Birth resource fairs providing resources to support healthy pregnancies
- Panels and interactive sessions centering Black women’s expertise (virtual or in-person)
- Wellness events aimed at increasing Black mamas’ health and well-being
- Black maternal health advocacy training (virtual or in-person)
- Engagement and advocacy with elected officials to educate on the state of Black maternal health
- Black maternal health documentary screenings and discussions
- Block parties/community baby showers
- Events celebrating Black mamas and creating spaces for them to rest, relax and repower
- Social media campaigns aimed at raising awareness and advocating for change
Events must occur during Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17) and be open and free to the public (though registration can be required). bi3 will promote events via its social media and other communications channels.
TYPES OF GRANTS AND USE OF FUNDS
Applicants must be 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organizations located in and serving communities in Hamilton and Butler counties in Ohio. bi3 will consider grant awards of up to $5,000 per organization. bi3 will prioritize organizations with a demonstrated focus on Black maternal health equity and experience engaging with Black communities. bi3 encourages collaborative applications that leverage the strengths of multiple organizations.
bi3 cannot fund healthcare levies, lobbying or political campaigns, annual operating support, emergency requests, scholarships, endowments, or grants to individuals.
Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 29, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their application status no later than March 8, 2024. If multiple applicants submit similar ideas, bi3 may encourage groups to host a joint event collaboratively.
TO APPLY FOR THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Applicants are required to complete a short form. Only applications received through this form by the deadline will be considered for funding.
bi3 is a grantmaker in health on a mission to transform health for all people in Greater Cincinnati. bi3 fuels health innovation and equity with its strategic partner TriHealth and partners with community organizations to improve health and reduce health disparities. Our purpose is to lead to the day when every person has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Please direct all questions and inquiries to Jena Bradley, Director of Community Partnerships, at email@example.com or 513-569-6633.