Community Mini-Grants

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality (OCPIM) announces the Community Partnership Fire Starter Birth Equity Initiative Funding. The targeted OCPIM regional-funded activities will begin Monday, May 1, 2023, with completion by Friday, May 31, 2023. All Letters of Intent are due on Friday, February 17, 2023. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form or scan the QR code below.

The Community Partnership Fire Starter Birth Equity Initiative intends to fund local community organizations or groups throughout OCPIM's five regions, with an annual budget not exceeding $25,000. These mini-grants will focus on supporting activities to help infants in your community survive and thrive beyond their first birthday. OCPIM encourages collaboration with community members and other stakeholders (i.e., health departments, doctor offices, hospitals, etc.).  

The funding objective is for small community organizations or individuals to establish teams (maximum of five (5) members). Once a Letter of Intent is submitted and approved, the team will apply for the $1,500 grant to generate and execute one idea that supports OCPIM’s mission to eliminate preventable infant mortality and improve the health of all women of childbearing years throughout Ohio. As a statewide partnership, OCPIM continues to function as a platform for authentic community engagement, exchange of best practices, data management, and advocacy. Its success is defined by improving pregnancy (maternal) and infant health through connecting with communities and driving infant mortality reduction, including extreme preterm birth, sleep-related infant death, and congenital malformations.

Effective initiatives will be led by community organizations or groups working in collaboration with professional organizations, if possible. Community members will be full partners in the work and be part of the critical decision-making. This opportunity is also part of OCPIM’s commitment to supporting initiatives that further progress toward achieving health equity, one of the overarching priorities that guide OCPIM’s work.

We invite you to review the announcement on our website for details. Those interested in applying can register to attend an applicant town hall on Thursday, February 9, at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Community organizations, groups, and other stakeholders will learn more about this funding announcement and be able to ask questions at that time. Please, see the schedule of events below: 

Step #1: Informational Webinar | Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 5:30 pm

Step #2: Letter of Intent | Friday, February 17, 2023

Step #3: The application will be sent out Monday, February 27, 2023.

Step #4: Application technical assistance webinar | Thursday, March 2, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 

Step #5: Application Due Date | Monday, March 13, 2023

Step #6: Grant funding announcement | Friday, March 31, 2023

Step #7: Grantees Technical Assistance webinar | Thursday, April 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm

Step #8: Grant Activities/Events | May 1-31, 2023

To register for the informational webinar use the Zoom link below

Informational Webinar Zoom Registration

When: Feb 9, 2023, 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Community Partnership Fire Starter Birth Equity Initiative Funding Information
Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

For more information and questions, please email Colleen Bernard at

This grant is closed.

The Baby 1st Network is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for our Infant Safe Sleep Mini-Grant Program. The program was created 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 do not exceed $500. The 2018-19 Infant Safe Sleep Mini-Grant schedule will be announced soon.

This program is made possible through the longstanding, continuous support from several 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, Brianna Dawn Tully Memorial Golf Outing, and the Grant’s SIDS 5k Run/Walk.

For any questions, please email Dr. Stacy Scott.

This grant is closed.

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.

*In 2022, the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded guidelines for infant sleep safety and SIDS risk reduction.

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