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Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative

Working together to continue the momentum developed during the 2014 Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and Kansas Health Foundation are partnering in a Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative to support implementation of strategies identified at the event for improving maternal and infant health through increased initiation and duration rates of breastfeeding in Kansas.

Breastfeeding provides immediate and lifelong nutrition and health benefits for mother and child, as well as economic, environmental and social benefits to families and communities. Breastfed babies have lower risks for becoming obese, for developing asthma or Type 1 diabetes, and have lower respiratory infection rates. Studies show that babies who receive only breastmilk in the first six months of life have better educational and emotional outcomes. Breastfeeding also benefits mothers, lowering women's risks for ovarian and breast cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Many mothers wish to breastfeed but often encounter barriers making it difficult to begin breastfeeding and continue for at least six months. The Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative seeks to address those barriers to breastfeeding in the community, the workplace, and other settings.

Many of the recommended strategies developed through the Summit align with those identified by the Centers for Disease Control in The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies:

Organizations interested in applying for grant funding through this initiative are encouraged to visit the Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative site at kansashealth.org/breastfeeding for the full Request for Proposals, eligibility rules, application information, and more.

Informational webinars

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in a webinar that will provide an overview of the RFP, describe the application process and answer applicant questions. To register for the webinar, please use the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6145149961865080578 (April 10, 2015 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Please use the link below to access a pre-recorded webinar that highlights current initiatives, ideas on how organizations might partner, and potential resources that may help in proposal development:


Frequently-Asked Questions:

Where can I find for more information about this initiative and about the RFP?

A webinar recording including a description of the Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative, an overview of the application process, and answers to many questions has been produced. Additionally, written questions and answers from the RFP Information Sessions are available on the Kansas Health Foundation website at kansashealth.org/breastfeeding.

What should I know about the amount and term of Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative grants?

Organizations are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Award determinations will consider the relative cost-effectiveness of the proposal. The maximum grant period is 36 months, beginning July 1, 2015. If desired, applicants may propose a shorter-term grant.

What deadlines I should be aware of?

Letters of Intent (the first application step) are due April 17, 2015 by 5 p.m. CT. Proposals are due May 15 by 5 pm., and grant awards will be announced June 3. Awarded grants will begin July 1, with annual grant progress and financial status reports due August 1 of 2016, 2017, and 2018. Grants will end June 30, 2018 unless the applicant requests a shorter grant period.

How can an organization or collaborative apply for this funding?

Organizations or collaborative partnerships of organizations may apply for funding online at the Kansas Health Foundation website kansashealth.org/breastfeeding.

Are there certain exclusions not eligible for funding through this RFP?

Yes - lobbying is excluded (although a wide range of non-lobbying advocacy activities may be suppported). Real estate acquisitions are also excluded, as are direct mental health and medical services (this exclusion does not apply to lactation consultant services).

For more information or to apply for this opportunity to improve the lives of Kansans,
please visit the Kansas Breastfeeding Initiative website at kansashealth.org/breastfeeding

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