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Diabetes Prevention Mini-grant opportunity!


Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne's County Health Departments are seeking organizations interested in delivering the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to communities within the mid-shore region. Four mini-grants of $7,000 each will be awarded to organizations who commit to delivering the DPP to one cohort of at least 15 people.


Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Maryland. Approximately 11.2% of adults in Maryland have been told they have diabetes and another 1.8 million adults in Maryland have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

Most people with prediabetes do not know they have it, putting them at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke. Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to have hypertension, further increasing their risk for heart disease and stroke. In addition, 89.8% of adults with diabetes are overweight/obese and 19.8% of adults with diabetes are current tobacco users. Having multiple comorbidities, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and tobacco use, increase the risk of diabetes related complications.

The National DPP is a structured, evidence- based, year-long lifestyle change program proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in adults with prediabetes or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The National DPP utilizes lifestyle coaches trained to deliver a CDC-approved curriculum and have the knowledge and skills to effectively deliver the program with fidelity to the current Diabetes Prevention and Recognition Program (DPRP) Standards. Participants meet once per week for the first six months, and then monthly for the last six months.

DPP within the Mid-Shore Region

The mid-shore counties have been working together to expand the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program. Currently, the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) offers the program online. Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions in Cambridge and the YMCA of the Chesapeake's Easton branch both offer the program in-person. With funding from the Maryland Department of Health, local health departments are seeking to expand program offerings to include more in-person options in the following counties: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne's.

Eligible Applicants:

Businesses, non-profits, faith-based and other community-based organizations that serve residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, or Queen Anne's counties are eligible to apply. Organizations will need to submit a W-9 in order to receive payment and must be in good standing with the State of MD.

Requirements of Funded Organizations:

  • At least two individuals from the organization will attend a training (in-person or virtual) to become certified Lifestyle Coaches.

  • Lifestyle Coaches (and the Project Coordinator if not also a Lifestyle Coach) will attend an orientation session with local health departments and the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center.

  • The organization will enroll at least 15 people (as one cohort) and maintain at least 12 people after session #4.

  • The organization will deliver the program in-person at a set location within Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, or Queen Anne's counties.

  • The funded organization will work under the CDC recognition of the Eastern Shore Area Health Center. Under this 'umbrella' arrangement, the Project Coordinator will submit participant data to ESAHEC on a monthly basis.

Allowable Use of Mini-grant:

  • Stipends/Mileage reimbursement to Lifestyle Coaches

  • Room rental fees (applicants are encouraged to consider no-cost spaces)

  • Printing for marketing, printing for participant handouts/worksheets

Local Health Departments and/or the Maryland Department of Health will provide the following:

  • Healthy incentives for program participation

  • Marketing toolkit

  • Training for Lifestyle Coaches


  • Request for applications announced- Wednesday, September 27th

  • Applications due- Friday, October 20th

  • Awards announced- Friday, October 27th

  • Orientation/Training for Funded Organizations- November (TBA)

  • In-person cohort starts between January and April of 2024, to run for a full 12-months


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