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2017 Grant Cycle Open

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) grants funding for programs and projects that advance midwifery through:

  1. Education—provide education to the general public, expectant parents, midwives and student midwives, and/or policy makers regarding the midwifery model of care.
  2. Research—support research activities relating to the midwifery model of care.
  3. Policy—impact policy regarding maternal and child healthcare and/or women’s health that favors using the midwifery model of care and midwives as care providers.
  4. Promoting Health Equity—projects that implement the midwifery model of care for those most vulnerable in maternal and infant mortality rates.

The Foundation grants an average of $4,000 to each project with typical grants ranging from $1,000 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.