Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section

Funding opportunities

11/16/23: RFA A412: Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH) Program

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH), Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section has released a Request for Application (RFA) #A412 - Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH) Program.

Eligibility:

Only local health departments/districts are eligible to apply for this RFA. Given the amount of funding available, the awarding of these funds is competitive. Single, regional, or multi-county applications are encouraged. For a multi-county application that includes different local health departments, one county must take the lead in submitting the application. DPH will accept applications from single or multi-county LHDs that meet certain criteria of need.

The criteria include:

  1. 1,000 or more births in 2021 in the county(ies)

AND

  1. At least ONE of the following:
  • Combined 2019-2021 infant mortality rate 10.2 or higher per 1,000 live births and 20 or more infant deaths;
  • Combined 2019-2021 infant mortality disparity ratio of 2.6 or higher;
  • Percent of children <5 years of age living in poverty must be 32% or higher American Community Survey (ACS 2017-2021 data); or
  • Percent of children <19 years of age who are uninsured must be 8.3% or higher (2020 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates SAHIE).

How to Apply:

The announcement of the RFA and instructions for receiving the RFA will be posted at the following DHHS website, http://www.ncdhhs.gov/about/grant-opportunities/public-health-grant-opportunities, on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 and may be sent to local health departments via direct mail, email, and/or the Program’s website.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a Bidder's Webinar on Wednesday November 1, 2023 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. The link to the Bidder’s Webinar is here: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1607859491 Meeting ID: 160 785 9491 or dial 1 646 828 7666 US Meeting ID: 160 785 9491. The link will also be posted on the Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section website https://wicws.dph.ncdhhs.gov/.

Written questions concerning the specifications in this Request for Applications will be received until 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2023. As an addendum to this RFA, a summary of all questions and answers will be posted at https://wicws.dph.ncdhhs.gov/ by Thursday, November 16, 2023.

Deadline for Submission: By 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

Email all applications electronically to Ladonna.warren@dhhs.nc.gov

How to Obtain Further Information:

Direct all inquiries concerning this RFA to LaDonna Warren
ladonna.warren@dhhs.nc.gov
919-707-5690 (office)
336-894-0877 (cell).

Application Process Summary Dates
10/25/2023: Request for Applications released to eligible applicants.
11/01/2023: Bidder’s Conference/Teleconference. (webinar)
11/09/2023: End of Q&A period. All questions due in writing by 5pm.
11/16/2023: Answers to Questions released to all applicants, as an addendum to the RFA.
12/20/2023: Applications due by 5pm.
01/08/2024: Successful applicants will be notified.
06/01/2024: Contract begins.

11/21/23: RFA A413 - Adolescent Parenting Program

The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women, Infant, and Community Wellness Section has released RFA A413 – Adolescent Parenting Program.

Purpose: The Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) is a secondary teen pregnancy prevention program (i.e., prevention of second or higher order pregnancies) that provides four‑year annually renewable grant awards to projects to provide services for pregnant or parenting teens throughout North Carolina. APP is administered by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives (TPPI) of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Women, Infant, and Community Wellness Section, Reproductive Health Branch.

Eligibility: Public or private non-profit agencies interested in increasing the self-sufficiency of pregnant or parenting teens and improving the developmental outcomes of their children are eligible to apply. For-profit agencies need not apply. If the applicant agency currently receives APP funding, the agency may not apply to implement an additional parenting program in the same county they currently serve. Funds to grantees will be dispersed on a cost reimbursement basis only and agencies should carefully consider if they have the capacity to implement the program under this system.

Applications are desired from counties ranking in the top quartile (i.e., the top 25) for percent of repeat pregnancies among females aged 15 to 19 based on a five-year average between 2016-2020 (referred to as “priority counties”). The priority counties are as follows Anson, Catawba, Chatham. Cumberland, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Halifax, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nash, Person, Richmond, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Wayne, Wilkes, and Wilson. Applicants in these counties shall receive a demonstrated need score as described in the RFA.

How to Apply: The RFA will be posted on the Program’s website www.teenpregnancy.ncdhhs.gov/funding.htm on October 23, 2023.

A representative of the applicant agency is encouraged to participate in a technical assistance webinar, which will be held on October 26, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdOChrzopHTPLE1nXL09uu97kRJnlICc.

Potential applicants are also encouraged to submit a letter of intent no later than November 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. by completing the survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APPIntentA413.

Deadline for Submission: November 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. December 4, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

How to Obtain Further Information: Inquires about this RFA are encouraged, and may be directed to the following Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives staff:

Deborah Hamlin-Aggrey, Program Consultant

(919) 707-5720, Deborah.hamlinaggrey@dhhs.nc.gov

Juanella Tyler, TPPI Team Leader

(919) 707-5723, Juanella.tyler@dhhs.nc.gov

Application Process Summary Dates

October 23, 2023:              Request for Applications released to eligible applicants.

October 26, 2023:              Webinar

November 14, 2023:           Notice of Intent due (encouraged)

November 14, 2023:           End of Q&A period.  All questions due by 5pm.

November 21, 2023:           Answers to Questions released as an addendum to the RFA.

November 28, 2023:
December 4, 2023:           Applications due by 5pm.

December 18, 2023:
January 4, 2023:               Successful applicants will be notified.

June 1, 2024:                     Contract begins.

11/06/23: RFA A411 - Supporting Women's Health Services

The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women, Infant, and Community Wellness Section has released RFA A411 - Supporting Women's Health Services

Eligibility:

Local health departments (LHDs) and nonprofit community health centers are eligible to apply to this RFA.

  • Nonprofit community health centers can apply for funds for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) for underserved, uninsured, or medically indigent patients.
  • LHDs can apply for funds to increase access to contraceptives as well as to improve maternal and infant health.
  • For-profit agencies are not eligible to apply.

Agencies must be able to receive North Carolina State funding. Recipients of state funds are expected to have established in writing certain general agency policies including personnel and financial accounting policies. Funds to grantees will be dispersed on a cost reimbursement basis only and agencies should carefully consider if they have the capacity to implement the program under this system.

How to Apply:

The RFA will be posted on the Program’s website https://wicws.dph.ncdhhs.gov/ on October 2, 2023.

A representative of the applicant agency must participate in a technical assistance webinar, which will be held on October 11, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1612170108. Potential applicants are also encouraged to submit a letter of intent no later than October 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. by completing the survey found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJP9B8C.

Deadline for Submission: November 17, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

How to Obtain Further Information: Inquires about this RFA are encouraged, and may be directed to the following Women, Infant, and Community Wellness Health Program staff:

Application Process Summary Dates

10/02/2023: Request for Applications released to eligible applicants.

10/11/2023: Mandatory Pre-application Webinar.

10/20/2023: Notice of Intent due.

10/27/2023: End of Q&A period. All questions due in writing by 5pm.

11/03/2023: Answers to Questions released to all applicants, as an addendum to the RFA.

11/17/2023: Applications due by 5pm.

12/08/2023: Successful applicants will be notified.

02/01/2024: Agreement Addendum begins.

03/01/2024: Contract begins.


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The Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section develops and promotes programs and services that protect the health and well-being of infants and of women during their child-bearing years. The goal is to improve the overall health of women, reduce infant sickness and death, and strengthen families and communities.

The Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section also offers guidance, consultation and training for professionals who provide women's health services.

Local health departments and other community agencies serving each of the 100 counties in North Carolina provide a variety of these women's health services, including family planning, prenatal care, flu shots and other women's immunizations, and pregnancy care management. For more information on the services near you, contact your local health department.

The Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section is part of the North Carolina Division of Public Health.


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Women, Infant and Community Wellness Section
1929 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1929
Courier Number: 56-23-01

Physical Address

5601 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Telephone

Main: (919) 707-5700
Fax: (919) 870-4827

Last Modified: 12-04-2023