ACOG Foundation 2023 Request for Grant Proposals

The 2023 solicitation is now closed. The ACOG Foundation is in the process of reviewing proposals.

The ACOG Foundation is pleased to announce its 2023 request for grant proposals (RFP) that align with ACOG’s mission and strategic vision. The ACOG Foundation welcomes proposals that address the following topics: 

  • Reduce preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity 
  • Transform the culture of the obstetrics and gynecology profession to combat racism and reduce inequities
  • Increase data-driven understanding of obstetrician–gynecologists and their current needs

The ACOG Foundation will give preference to internal submissions from ACOG Districts and Sections but will consider submissions from outside 501(c)3 organizations when applicable. 

Funding Available

A total of $250,000 is available under this request for proposals. Grants may range from $10,000 to $50,000. The ACOG Foundation will not accept proposals that exceed $50,000 or are less than $10,000. 

Important Dates 

  • Proposals are due August 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Proposals submitted after the due date will not be reviewed. Applicants may be asked for additional clarification during the review period. 
  • Grant award decisions will be finalized in December 2023 by the ACOG Foundation Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified by email of the ACOG Foundation grant review panel’s decisions. 
  • The grant award period extends from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024. ACOG Foundation staff will conduct a mid-term check-in by phone in the summer of 2024.
  • Final narrative and financial reports will be due on March 31, 2025

Contact and Submission Information 

If you have questions regarding this RFP, please direct them in writing to Senior Director of Philanthropy Kendra Davis at [email protected] with the subject line “2023 ACOG Foundation RFP Question from [institution name].” 

Final proposals must be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line “2023 RFP Submission [institution name].” 

Other Requirements

  • The narrative portion of the proposal may not exceed seven pages and must be typed in 12-point Calibri font with one-inch margins. 
  • Applicants must use the provided budget template and refer to the narrative when formulating their program budgets. 
  • Only one proposal is permitted per applicant organization or entity.
  • Applicants must use the designated budget template.
  • Applicants must be based in the United States.
  • Please note that the ACOG Foundation will not fund lobbying activities or research during its first year of grant issuance.
  • CVs of primary personnel should be included as an attachment to the proposal.
  • Any 2023 ACOG Foundation grantees who do not submit the required narrative and financial reports will be prohibited from submitting additional proposals until they fully comply with ACOG Foundation reporting requirements. 

Proposals must address all of the criteria noted below in seven pages or fewer. The ACOG Foundation grant review panel will evaluate proposals against the criteria below and assign them a score out of a maximum total of 70 points.

Review Criteria General Requirements and Guidance (20 points)

  • Proposals must be consistent with the ACOG Foundation’s charitable, educational, and scientific activities
  • Proposals must align with ACOG’s mission and current strategic plan
  • Proposals should clearly identify their objectives by stating the specific issue or problem to be addressed and explaining how the proposal will contribute to or advance a solution
  • Proposals should identify the appropriate criteria to measure success
  • Proposals must be responsive to the grant solicitation materials and requirements
  • Proposals should be clearly and accurately written, substantive, and contain sufficient detail to allow the ACOG Foundation grant review panel to evaluate the likely impact of the proposed program activities 

Program Planning and Ability to Achieve Program Objectives (10 points)

  • Objectives should be reasonable, feasible, and able to accommodate changing circumstances
  • Proposals should be creative and demonstrate originality and relevance
  • A timeline and relevant work plan should clearly demonstrate logistical capacity and how project objectives would be achieved
  • The substance of the program, such as workshops, seminars, presentations, site visits, and follow-on project planning, should be fully described and capable of meeting the identified criteria for success 

Support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (10 points)

  • Proposals should show substantive support of ACOG and the ACOG Foundation’s policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
  • Proposals should have a clearly articulated plan of how DEI and anti-racism will be achieved in the different aspects of program administration and program design, content, and implementation, including individual participant recruitment, selection, and placement 
  • Proposals should demonstrate how DEI and anti-racism will enhance the program’s goals and objectives and the participants’ experience 
  • Proposals should identify how the program will further engage diverse and underserved communities whenever possible 

Institutional Capacity (10 points)

  • Proposals should ensure that proposed personnel and institutional resources committed to the program have the appropriate experience and expertise to achieve the program goals 
  • CVs of primary personnel should be included as an attachment to the proposal.
  • Proposals should demonstrate an understanding of effective grant management, including responsible fiscal management and full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • If the program has a data component, the proposal should demonstrate a commitment to responsible management of data and compliance with privacy policies, laws, and regulations

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (10 points)

  • Proposals should include a performance monitoring and evaluation narrative that includes the goals, objectives, and indicators that will be used to measure the program’s impact
  • Proposals should contain methods of gathering quantitative and qualitative data to provide to the ACOG Foundation to demonstrate program results  

Cost Effectiveness and Cost Sharing (10 points)

  • Proposals should include a clear budget using the required template with details on staff and programmatic resources required for program implementation
  • All costs should be necessary and appropriate
  • If possible, proposals should include cost sharing, including pro bono or in-kind contributions when applicable 
  • Proposals should include planning that demonstrates efficient use and responsible management of ACOG Foundation funds