MOMS Rapid Response Mini-Grants Report – Year 3

Introduction
As part of the Montana Obstetrics and Maternal Support (MOMS) program, the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (UM) solicited applications for mini-grant funding from local Montana organizations to utilize $200,000 in carry-over funding awarded to the MOMS program through the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The mini-grants were one-time only, cash awards given to organizations or groups serving people in the prenatal or up to one-year postpartum period.
The purpose of the MOMS mini-grant program, with guidance from the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Maternal Health Leadership Council, was to distribute MOMS funds to innovative hospitals, clinics, health departments, and non-profits working to achieve MOMS objectives in their communities.

Conclusion
The MOMS rapid response mini-grant program distributed $214,530 to 20 organizations throughout Montana in 2022. The program was impactful for many Montana communities because mini-grant funds gave local organizations and groups the chance to fund small, but innovative and impactful, programs that met their community’s need. The timeframe for distributing this funding was rapid, as noted by MOMS program staff and many awardees in their final reports. We recommend discontinuing the mini-grant program as is, and refocusing the distribution of carry-over funding to have a much narrower scope, such as on funding training or equipment in the future.

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