Up to $3M is available from Stillbirth Education and Awareness Grant to support activities that will improve quality health and medical services for pregnant women.
Stillbirth Education and Awareness Grant Opportunity
The Stillbirth Education and Awareness Grant Opportunity provides funding to support activities that will improve quality health and medical services for pregnant women and lead to better health outcomes for women and their babies.
In Australia, approximately six babies are stillborn each day. Whilst neonatal deaths in Australia have decreased over the past 20 years, there has been little change in the rate of stillbirth. At the Stillbirth Roundtable held at Parliament House on 12 February 2019, participants agreed that
evidence based public awareness campaigns to educate pregnant women and the general public on stillbirth risk factors and prevention strategies could help reduce stillbirth rates. The Stillbirth Education and Awareness grants opportunity has been developed to enable such campaigns to be
implemented and to complement other national measures that are underway to prevent stillbirth.
The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:
- provide accurate advice and information to pregnant women about stillbirth prevention, including how and when to access health services that may help prevent stillbirth;
- provide accurate advice and information about stillbirth to increase awareness of stillbirth amongst the Australian public;
- use current and emerging interactive communication technology to provide health related information to prevent stillbirth; and
- provide targeted strategies to reduce stillbirth in high risk groups (eg. regional and remote communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities).
The Australian Government has announced funding of up to $3 million (GST exclusive) for the Stillbirth Education and Awareness grant opportunity. Funding for this grant will be delivered in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial year. The funding may be allocated to a single successful applicant or it may be split between multiple applicants.
The maximum grant period is 20 months and you must complete your grant by 30 June 2021.
To be eligible your proposed grant activity and/or program must:
- develop and/or deliver education and awareness programs, resources and/or activities to prevent stillbirth and improve community understanding of stillbirth; and be directly related to the project.
The successful applicant/s can only spend grant funding on eligible expenditure that has been incurred on agreed eligible grant activities as defined in your grant agreement.
Eligible expenditure items are:
- employment of staff (salaries and associated costs) for the development and delivery of stillbirth education and awareness programs and/or activities, including administrative support;
- costs associated with the development, production, delivery and storage of stillbirth education and awareness material;
- travel costs within Australia associated with the development and delivery of stillbirth education and awareness programs and/or activities; and
- costs associated with website and or app development and management, including administrative requirements to develop and maintain a website and or app that is focused on stillbirth prevention.
To be eligible you must be a listed organisation:
- University of Queensland – Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth
- Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
- Red Nose Limited
- Sands – Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Newborn Death Support
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association of SA Inc
- Still Aware Limited
- Stillbirth Foundation Australia
The listed organisations are invited to apply for this grant opportunity as they have been assessed to have:
- expertise and knowledge in the area of stillbirth;
- established reputations as trustworthy and credible sources of information on stillbirth;
- existing infrastructure and networks to support the project activities; and
- capability to deliver the project activities.
The Australian Government strongly encourages applications from consortia. Consortia are eligible to apply and the relevant conditions applicable to consortia are at Section 7.2 ‘Joint Applications.
Applications close 14 October 2019.