2014 grants now supporting exclusive breastfeeding in 11 counties and statewide

The 2014 Impact Funding Team received 26 applications for breastfeeding grants and selected 12 projects across 11 counties (and one statewide project). The $12,235 in donations received from Impact Funding Team members, along with the Health Fund’s matching dollars, allowed these projects to be fully funded at $25,000 total. The input of the diverse team, including several knowledgeable breastfeeding advocates, was crucial to the funding decision process.

Map of Impact Funding breastfeeding support grants awarded in 2014 with help from donors like you.

Map of Impact Funding breastfeeding support grants awarded in 2014 through the support of donors like you.

Grants awarded in the 2014 cycle supported:

  • Free in-home or in-clinic breastfeeding consultation by a certified breastfeeding educator (Cheyenne County)
  • Comprehensive employer-based lactation support programs in three businesses (Cowley County)
  • Breastfeeding support for WIC mothers – lactation consultation, education, incentives, and nursing supplies (Lyon County)
  • Support to certify a second International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in a busy hospital-based lactation clinic (Ellis County)
  • Applied research to assess impact of Kansas Business Case for Breastfeeding on employed women’s breastfeeding practices (statewide)
  • Addition of low-cost nursing bras for new moms into hospital and La Leche League breastfeeding support program (Brown County)
  • Training, implementation assistance, and incentives reaching all early child care providers to support breastfeeding mothers and their families (Seward County)
  • New educational materials for health department breastfeeding classes (Dickinson County)
  • Expanded distribution site and number of affordable breast pumps (Riley County)
  • Training for a new certified lactation consultant to permit continuation of community-based lactation support program (Thomas County)
  • Breastfeeding classes, breastfeeding support groups, individual lactation consultation, and lending library for clients of a prenatal clinic for low-income mothers (Wyandotte County)
  • Breastfeeding trainer, breast model, and Lactessa breastfeeding model for use by Healthy Start Home Visitor active in breastfeeding training (Wabaunsee County)
  • And much more!

We would like to extend a huge thank-you to the donors that made the above 2014 grants possible:

Kevin Arnel, Brenda Bandy, Barry Bloom, Dr. Robert & Shirley Black, Lola Collinge, E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic, Virginia Elliott, Sheila Frahm, Karen Fieser, Carolyn Gaughan, Ken & Martha Hagen, Paul & Betty Hodson, Jackie John, Kansas Action for Children, Rick & Janet Kellerman, Rich Manka, Richard & Pam Martin, Kim Moore, Paul Moore, Janet Hamilton Newton, Libby Rosen, Carmen San Martin & Robert Kraft, Mildred Sharp, Douglas Stuckey, Larry Tobias, Benjamin Walker & Kathy Walker, and Gwen Whittit.

Members of the Impact Funding Team can contribute $500 or more to join the team, with their donation matched dollar for dollar by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to double the impact of their donation.  Members are invited to participate in meetings to develop a Request for Proposals describing the grant funding opportunity, and to evaluate and decide which applications to fund with the available dollars.  For 2015, the Impact Funding Team will again focus on supporting exclusive breastfeeding – initiation, duration, or both – throughout communities in Kansas. We need your help – please join the 2015 Impact Funding Team with your donation of $500 or more to help support all the proven health benefits of breastfeeding for babies, mothers, and families across Kansas.  Together we can make a real difference in peoples’ lives. Want to learn more about last year’s program?  Read the 2014 version of the RFP here.