Preconception Health in Minnesota Grant Program Request for Proposals

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Application Deadline Extended

To assure that all organizations interested in preventing and/or reducing the risk for birth defects have an opportunity to apply, the deadline for the Preconception Health in Minnesota Grant Program has been extended from March 14, 2014 to no later than 4:00 p.m. April 4, 2014.

The Preconception Health in Minnesota Grant Program website will continue to be updated.

Announcing Request for Proposals

The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking proposals from organizations to improve preconception health and care for non-pregnant, reproductive age women and their partners in Minnesota, through support of evidence-based preconception health practices and programs that prevent and/or reduce the risk for birth defects. A priority audience for this grant is women experiencing racial and ethnic disparities in health status.

Funded projects under this program will work to improve women’s health prior to a pregnancy. All projects must incorporate a routine risk assessment of preconception health needs for non-pregnant women of reproductive age and address at least one of the following four preconception birth defects risk factor focus areas of: Reproductive Health, Substance Use and Exposure, Nutrition and Weight, and Chronic Disease.

Grant awards will be for the time period beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2016.

Proposals are due no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday April 4, 2014.

Download the Request for Proposal (WORD: 75 pages/256KB)

Request for Proposal Webinars/ Conference Calls
Two identical webinars/conference calls were held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. and on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

An additional webinar was held on March 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Preconception Health in Minnesota Grant Program frequently asked questions (FAQs) [PDF: 117KB/6 pages]

Questions received concerning the grant program should be submitted by email to and will be posted to the FAQ document which will be updated every Friday until March 28, 2014.

If you have questions during the application process, you are encouraged to contact Erica Fishman, MSW, MPH, LISW at or (651) 201-5141.