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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, Agencies, and IHEs for Programs to Improve Maternal and Infant Health

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
CFDA Number: 93.926
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-24-033
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/12/23
Deadline: 12/15/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, Tribes, government agencies, and IHEs for programs to improve maternal and infant health. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. Funding is intended to address racial and ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes.

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Healthy Start or HS) Program. The purpose of HS is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy and reduce the well-documented racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. HS is intended to support projects in communities and populations experiencing the greatest disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes. 

HS has two focus areas: 1) providing direct and enabling services (for example, screening and referrals, case management and care coordination, health and parenting education, and linkage to clinical care) to enrolled HS participants; and 2) convening Community Consortia (formerly known as Community Action Networks or “CANs”) comprised of diverse, multi-sector partners to advise and inform HS activities as well as to develop and implement plans to improve perinatal outcomes within the selected project area. HS continues to have an increased emphasis on addressing social determinants of health, such as access to adequate food, housing, and transportation, to improve disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes. Based on stakeholder feedback, this FY 2024 HS competition also provides recipients with increased flexibility to tailor interventions to the unique needs of their community and/or target population.  

The goals of HS are to: 

  1. Continue reducing infant mortality rates in the United States, and  
  2. Decrease disparities in infant mortality and poor perinatal health outcomes in areas where those rates are high.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
You can apply if your organization is in the United States and is: Public or private Community-based Tribal (governments, organizations) Additional Notes: If you are a recipient of the Healthy Start Initiative Enhanced (HRSA-23-130) (HSE) you are still eligible to apply for this grant if you are proposing a new project area, that is, an area not currently served by your or an existing HSE award. HSE grant project areas have been settled and it is not HRSAs intent to alter or reset existing HSE project areas. Therefore, if you propose to serve a project area that fully overlaps with your own award or another HSE award, your application will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered. Please see Appendix H for a list of Healthy Start Initiative Enhanced project areas.

Except for the nominal incentives to retain enrolled participants (for example, diapers, gift cards, etc.), funds awarded under HRSA-24-033- Healthy Start, cannot be used to provide in-kind benefits or cash payments (for example, rental assistance payments, housing vouchers, income supplements, etc.).

Pre-Proposal Conference
HS has scheduled the following webinar:
Thursday, October 12, 2023
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Attendees without computer access or computer audio can use the following dial-in information:
Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864
Meeting ID: 161 543 1506
Passcode: 89972057

They will record the webinar.

Pre-Application Information
Your application is due on December 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. It is suggested that you submit your application to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unexpected events.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. Deadline extensions will not be approved for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

A UEI is required to apply for this funding. You must register in the to receive your UEI.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 103 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,100,000 per award, subject to the availability of appropriated funds

Term of Contract
April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2029 (5 years)

Contact Information
Agency Contacts:
Business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Tya Renwick
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM

Program issues or technical assistance:
Mia Morrison, MPH
Supervisory Public Health Analyst
MCHB Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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