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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant

Grants to USA State Agencies to Address
the Health Needs of Mothers and Children

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

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Grants to USA and territories state governments to develop plans to meet the health needs of women and children. Funding is intended to improve health outcomes for mothers, infants, and children, specifically those from low-income backgrounds. Funding is also intended to reduce infant mortality and the incidence of preventable diseases and conditions as well as to provide support to disabled individuals under age 16.

The MCH Block Grant is a formula grant under which funds are awarded to 59 states and jurisdictions upon the submission of an acceptable plan that addresses the health services needs within a state for the target population of mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Through this process, each state and jurisdiction supports and promotes the development and coordination of systems of care for the MCH population.

Purpose of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant

As defined in section 501(a)(1) of the Title V legislation, the purpose of the MCH Block Grant is to enable each state:

  1. To provide and to assure mothers and children (in particular those with low income or with limited availability of health services) access to quality MCH services;
  2. To reduce infant mortality and the incidence of preventable diseases and handicapping conditions among children, to reduce the need for inpatient and long-term care services, to increase the number of children (especially preschool children) appropriately immunized against disease and the number of low income children receiving health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services, and otherwise to promote the health of mothers and infants by providing prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care for low income, at-risk pregnant women, and to promote the health of children by providing preventive and primary care services for low income children;
  3. To provide rehabilitation services for blind and disabled individuals under the age of 16 receiving benefits under title XVI, to the extent medical assistance for such services is not provided under title XIX; and
  4. To provide and to promote family-centered, community-based, coordinated care (including care coordination services, as defined in subsection (b)(3)) for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and to facilitate the development of community-based systems of services for such children and their families.

Vision of Title V:

Title V envisions a nation where all mothers, infants, children aged 1 through 21 years, including CSHCN, and their families are healthy and thriving.

Mission of Title V

The Mission of Title V is to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s mothers, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183602

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Application/Annual Report shall be developed by, or in consultation with, the state MCH agency.

Type of Applicant (Required): State Government

The MCH Block Grant funds may not be used for cash payments to intended recipients of health services or for purchase of land, buildings, or major medical equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

- Date(s) to Apply: 2/24/2021 to 9/1/2021
- Estimated Award Date: 10/1/2021

The Application/Annual Report shall be developed by, or in consultation with, the state MCH agency and shall be made public within the state in such manner as to facilitate comment from any person (including any federal or other public agency) during its development and after its transmittal.

The state should describe how it plans to meet and monitor the required match requirements, which includes a $3 match in non-federal funds for every $4 of federal MCH Block Grant funds expended.

Organizations are required to include their DUNS number in the application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ellen Volpe
(301) 443-6320

Questions and comments regarding the Application/Annual Report Guidance may be addressed to:
Christopher Dykton
Acting Director, Division of State and Community Health
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2204
Fax: (301) 443-9354

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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