Community Mini-Grants

The Baby 1st Network is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for our Infant Safe Sleep Mini-Grant Program. We created this program to provide funding to neighborhood and community groups for outreach projects to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death in the state of Ohio. The program's purpose is to increase community participation in sharing the infant safe sleep message throughout the state by promoting the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines listed below.  

Funds are to be used for educational initiatives in the state of Ohio that work to promote infant safe sleep practices and increase public awareness regarding the impact of sleep-related infant deaths, and ways to reduce these incidences.  The mini-grant awards will not exceed $500. The deadline to apply is September 13, 2017 with projects taking place between October 1 – November 30, 2017.

We’ve added a new feature to our mini-grant proposal process. The Technical Assistance Conference Call is an opportunity for any prospective applicant to ask questions about the grant’s requirements and/or guidelines. To participate in the one-hour call, at 7 pm, Thursday, August 31: dial 1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or 1 646 558 8656 (US Toll). Meeting ID: 670 496 178.

This program is made possible through the longstanding, continuous support from seven families who hold annual fundraising events in memory of their babies.  The Baby 1st Network appreciates and recognizes these families and their annual events; Nolan P. Fisher Golf Outing, Corbin Hastings Memorial Day Ride/Run, Laura Elizabeth Pease Memorial Golf Outing, Brianna Dawn Tully Memorial Golf Outing, SIDS Golf Benefit, Justin Prestage Golf Outing and Auction and the Grant’s SIDS 5k Run/Walk.

The program guidelines and application to apply can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.  For any questions, please email Dr. Stacy Scott.

Mini-grant Guidelines

Mini-grant Application

The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for infant safe sleep practices:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces.
  • Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack, and do not use a blanket.
  • Avoid letting the baby get too hot. Keep room temperatures in a range comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended to help to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth. Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
  • Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time, once breastfeeding is well established.
  • Talk to those who care for your baby, including child care providers, family, and friends, about placing your baby to sleep on their back for every sleep.
  • Obtain regular prenatal care to reduce the risk of SIDS even before birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.

To receive future mini-grant notifications, please email the name of your organization and contact person to Elizabeth Wilson.