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 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.


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 Dr. Stacy Scott.