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2018 Grant Cycle Important News

To: Prospective Applicants

From: FAM Board of Directors

In 2018, FAM will not be holding its usual grant cycle. As we mark our 20th year as a grantmaking institution for the advancement of midwifery, FAM is recommitting itself to our long-term sustainability and growth. This year, we are strengthening our foundation and building capacity so we can grant more to your organizations in the coming years.

FAM recently updated our mission statement: to improve maternal and child health by funding projects that advance midwifery as the gold standard for maternity care through research, public education, advocacy, and health equity initiatives. Each year, we receive more excellent grant proposals for important initiatives aligned with our mission. We recognize the need for FAM to increase our capacity, to raise and grant more funds to organizations like yours.

To allow FAM the room to grow our impact and reach, we are taking a break from the annual grant making cycle in 2018. FAM was founded as a charitable sister organization to the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and will provide limited funding to MANA this year. In addition, FAM will be introducing community microgrants this year which will not require the submission of letters of intent (LOIs). Details will be announced this spring.

Our optimism for the future of birth in North America comes from our grantees. We value our collaboration with you and look forward to continuing to work together for the next 20 years! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


FAM’s Mission: Improve maternal and child health by funding projects that advance midwifery as the gold standard for North American maternity care through:

  1. Research,
  2. Public Education,
  3. Advocacy,
  4. and Health Equity Initiatives

Research initiatives support research activities relating to the midwifery model of care.
Public education initiatives provide education to the general public, expectant parents, midwives, student midwives, and/or policy makers regarding the midwifery model of care.
Advocacy (formerly public policy) impacts legislative and policy issues regarding maternal and child health care and/or women’s health that favors using the midwifery model of care and midwives as care providers.
Health equity initiatives implement the midwifery model of care as a solution to meeting the maternal and child health care needs or the most vulnerable with a goal to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates, increase health equity, and reduce health disparities.

The Foundation grants an average of $4,000 to each project with typical grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.


  • FAM does not provide individual scholarships.
  • FAM funds projects that serve women in North America only.
  • FAM does not make grants to large public charities such as United Way, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, government agencies, political or religious organizations.
  • FAM supports organizations that are diverse in their leadership, staffing, and service on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.
  • FAM reserves the right to prioritize support for organizations working within FAM’s areas who serve those that have been subject to economic, social, political, or other forms of discrimination.

Funding Period

FAM grants are intended to provide support for one year. Consideration of continued support in subsequent years requires submission of a proposal of planned activities for the next year, and is based on demonstrable progress of any currently funded project and the availability of funds. FAM will not necessarily give priority to previously funded projects.
Letters of Intent (LOIs) are typically solicited in February. Please check back often for the most recent updates or add your name to our mailing list to receive notification.