Healthy Women Healthy Baby Zones

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) are dedicated to awarding mini grants to support local organizations whose results-driven work strives to reduce infant and mother mortality as well as morbidity among minority populations in Delaware.


The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is seeking new potential mini-grantees.

We are seeking well-connected organizations in communities where infant mortality rates are high and the health of pregnant people is most at risk, who are offering actionable, community-based interventions designed to support identified high-risk communities across the state. Organizations who apply should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Current 501(c)3 Status (including 990 submission)
  • Annual Operating Budget under $3 million
  • Proposed program focused on at least one of the following priority area(s):
    • Father/Partner Involvement & Engagement
    • Addressing Food Insecurity
  • Proposed program linked to reducing disparities related to maternal/child health. Target population is women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) who are considered high risk (living in a targeted HWHB Zone) and/or partners of these women
  • Proposed program should be focused on target HWHB Zone(s)
  • Applicant must have developed its strategies based on the perspectives of, priorities of, and partnerships with those who live in the HWHB zone
  • Applicant (should they be selected) must attest that they will engage in data collection/evaluation and grant-related TA/meetings to measure impact of the program

We hosted a webinar for interested applicants on Monday, August 1, 2022, at noon, and a recording of the webinar can be found here: 2022 HWHB New Mini-Grant Funding Cycle Kickoff Webinar Recording

The PPT slides from this webinar can be accessed here.

After listening to the webinar, if you are interested in applying for these mini-grant funds, the first step is to complete the Mini-Grant E-Screening tool here by Friday, August 12, 2022 at 5PM

After completing the e-screening tool, a member of our team will follow up with you to schedule an Oral Presentation during the week of August 22nd.


Mini-Grant Frequently Asked Questions

If your organization is considering applying for a Healthy Women Healthy Baby mini-grant, these FAQs will help you understand more about the details and process. Links to important information, budget details, data collection specifics, funding limitations and more are all topics that are covered.

Yes. Budgets for these mini-grants are up to $50,000 for the 20 month grant period.

You can view the e-screening tool at any point here: All responses to the e-screening tool should be completed by August 12, 2022 at 5PM eastern.

There are several pieces of data that we ask all grantees collect, as part of our collective impact evaluation of the initiative.  A collective impact evaluation looks at the impacts of all of the work, by having some shared measures across grantees.  The results of a collective impact evaluation illustrate the overall impact on an initiative, and help support future sustainability.  

These data points include some demographics about the participants, a social determinants of health screening (Health Leads tool), and participation data.  Additionally, we encourage grantees to use validated survey tools, where appropriate, to measure things like reductions in stress, improvements in physical health and improvements in mental health.  These help show the longer term impacts of programs, and provide a way to compare the outcomes that mini-grantees have to those of other programs.  Some current grantees are using the CDC’s Healthy Days Core Measures tool and/or the Perceived Stress Scale.  We encourage grantees to use survey tools that are validated and that are relevant for the work they are doing and what they are hoping for in terms of outcomes. HMA is available to provide assistance with finding and selecting those survey tools once awarded, if that is helpful.

To be eligible, your agency or team must have 3+ years of experience working to support the target population living within the HWHB zone and/or high-risk women of childbearing age or their partners. You do not have to have been an established nonprofit organization for 3 years in order to apply/be eligible.

No. This funding is specifically targeted to small CBOs (whose total annual operating budgets are less than $3 million), so if your organization exceeds this threshold, you are not eligible.

We would allow non-cash incentives given to participants. For example, we have allowed the use of gift cards, but would need to see a plan on how you want to use them. 

In terms of childcare you could have a budget line item for Child Care if you plan to have parenting classes or support groups. We allow to add food for meetings or support groups as well. 

Please note funds can’t be used on alcohol, tobacco products or any lobbying activities.

We will contact all applicants the week of 8/15 to schedule an Oral Presentation for the following week. If you are hoping to get confirmation before this, please reach out to Ana Bueno at, who can confirm with HMA’s team that your submission was received.



2020 Mini-Grantees

Established more than 35 years ago, the Parent Information Center provides tools for parents, caregivers, and advocates of children to secure appropriate education and related services. It currently serves 2,000 families and professionals annually, and has applied for funding under Social Networking and Empowerment and Toxic Stress/Adverse Childhood Experiences, to provide prenatal and postpartum support by creating a community-based doula program in Seaford/Sussex (ZIP code 19973). With its grant funding, the Parent Information Center will train six doulas, who will provide nonclinical emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after labor and birth to potentially 20 to 30 women. In partnership with community organizations, the program will also provide virtual training on childbirth education, breastfeeding initiation, prenatal nutrition, healthy family relationships, and community supports; empower women to be their own self-advocates; provide one-on-one coaching calls with pregnant women (prenatal and postpartum) starting six weeks before due date and continuing six weeks postpartum; offer postpartum support groups with other new parents as well as breakout sessions on breastfeeding, sexuality, mental health, and infant development; and create an awareness campaign focused on prenatal and postpartum support.

The mission of Rose Hill Community Center is to build strong individuals, families, and communities by addressing the educational, recreational, and social well-being of their neighboring communities. This organization will use its grant funding to address toxic stress — as they feel that stress during the pandemic has led to fear and anxiety, and has caused residents in their service area to be overwhelmed and have feelings of isolation and loneliness. Rose Hill’s funded program will work to serve women ages 15 to 44 in New Castle (ZIP code 19720) and Wilmington (ZIP code 19801) by providing free mental health workshops with psychologists and psychiatrists twice a month, covering the following topics: feelings of isolation, depression, self-care, setting boundaries, stress, and knowing your triggers, etc. Rose Hill will provide lessons on reducing stress, breathing sessions, mindfulness training, and journaling. They will also provide massage therapy and stretching techniques (three times per client), as well as yoga lessons once a week. The organization expects to serve 40 to 50 women under this program and will measure success using the perceived stress scale before and after the program.

Working since July 1999 to empower people of color through civil rights, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League (MWUL) will be serving as a fiscal agent for Black Mothers in Power (BMIP), a grassroots organization focusing on Black mothers in the community and underserved populations. The Metropolitan Urban League will use grant money to provide and sponsor a doula program to train 10 Black women to become certified doulas through the National Black Doula Association. The organization will be training five doulas in New Castle County and Kent County, and will be focusing on engaging at-risk pregnant women who live in high-risk zones. Each doula will help women during the critical times of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and early parenting, serving potentially 45 women during the period of the grant.

Through its funded program, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware will provide breastfeeding support groups to the HWHB high-risk zones of Wilmington, Claymont, and Seaford. It will offer accessible support, engaging groups, text check-ins, access to variable levels of lactation support, and incentives for participation. In addition, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware will hire three diverse breastfeeding peer counselors (BPC) and one lactation consultant to provide breastfeeding support to women. At the completion of the program, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware will host a baby shower for participants, where they will provide needed baby supplies, education, and support to pregnant and postpartum women.


2019 Mini-Grantees

DAPI will serve teen mothers and their partners who live in high-risk zones throughout the state. DAPI will provide ongoing mentoring services and supports for social and emotional well-being, and support in navigating the health and social services system, including maternal and child health care services, housing programs, financial management, and economic empowerment. DAPI will also encourage college and career readiness based on each individual’s self-identified goals, identify and address adverse childhood experiences, and offer stress reduction and maternal health courses and co-parenting workshops. DAPI will provide services at each of its service sites, located in each county, as well as directly in the community and in collaboration with a variety of community-based partners.

At its Kingswood Community Center located in the Riverside community in Northeast Wilmington, REACH will serve women of childbearing age and their families, targeting women who live in ZIP codes 19801 and 19802. To reduce toxic stress to women of childbearing age, REACH will create a multi-generational maternal and child health program with three components. First, a peer-to-peer program will provide mindful and empathetic services pre-, during, and post-pregnancy. The program will focus on stress and adverse childhood experiences training; examine the role of adverse experiences from a multigenerational lens; and address strategies to prevent transference of these experiences through the generation to children in particular. REACH plans to train at least 40 women during the period of the grant. Second, the organization will provide care management with referral and resource services, as well as case management via a community family and support service liaison. The liaison’s focus will be financial empowerment, self-sufficiency, and housing. Third, REACH will provide workshops to increase fatherhood/partner engagement, using strategies for inclusion and parenting dynamics that support mothers and their children.

The Rose Hill Community Center’s Women’s Wellness Program will offer women of childbearing age in the 19720 and 19801 ZIP codes the opportunity to take fitness, nutrition, and self-improvement classes at no cost. Fitness classes will include yoga, Zumba, and cardio kickboxing. One-on-one appointments with an on-site nurse will be available. Self-improvement classes will discuss ways to handle stress, positive self-image, combatting negative attitudes, conflict management, effective communication, parenting 101, couponing, social media, professionalism, discipline versus punishment, financial literacy, community resources, stress management, and goal setting. Free childcare will be available during classes. Participants will have access to an on-site mental health consultant who is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. Fitness activities and other services will be tailored to pregnant women and other participants with specific needs through meetings with a nurse and Women’s Wellness Program staff.

DCADV will continue providing support and expand integration of its services with health services in New Castle County through its Community Health Worker Collaborative Project, which seeks to integrate domestic violence and health services to improve the health and safety of victims and survivors. The program will serve black and Hispanic/Latina women who are pregnant, parenting a child under the age of 5 years old, and/or of reproductive age, who are living in Wilmington, Claymont, Newark, and New Castle (ZIP Codes 19703, 19809, 19802, 19801, 19805, 19804, 19702 and 19720). The program will manage and expand service delivery to the HWHB target population; administer flexible Health Access Funds to support the safety and health of the participants; and train health care providers on best practices for domestic violence assessment and response, interviews, focus groups and/or surveys for individuals at the two New Castle County domestic violence shelters. It will work with direct service providers in the maternal and child health care and victim services fields to learn challenges and explore possible solutions.

DEMCO will provide academic and life skills supports and job training education to young women of childbearing age, including those who are pregnant and parenting, who are living in Dover ZIP codes 19901 and 19904. Each woman served will be matched with a mentor to provide social and emotional support. The program will progress through a series of educational workshops to develop hard and soft skills to better prepare them for gainful employment and a career in the IT field. The program also includes support for fathers/partners, including effective fathers/partner parenting lessons, and an opportunity to engage in job shadowing and internship placement.

The Hispanic American Association of Delaware will provide pregnancy and postpartum support in Spanish to women ages 15-44 who live in ZIP code 19720 in New Castle County. A support group called Mamas felices, hijos felices (Happy Mothers, Happy Children) will be located at Garfield Park, which is within walking distance for a high number of Latino families. Mamas felices, hijos felices will create wellness, resilience, hope, and connection for women adjusting to parenthood and experiencing pregnancy and postpartum emotional ups and downs. The support group will also address racism and language barriers by providing bilingual services. It will hire a dedicated community liaison to offer referrals to insurance and other needed services; reduce cultural mental health stigma in the Latino population; and provide support to families with recent migration and acculturative stress. The organization will also create a family network event to involve the whole family (especially fathers) and to connect the community to pregnancy and postpartum mental health resources.