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Program Service Grants

CJ First Candle offers two types of grants for services related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and/or Infant Safe Sleep: the Program Services Grant and the Program Services Mini-Grant. They serve the same purpose with the main difference being the length of the application. The information below applies to both the Program Services Grant and the Program Services Mini-Grant.

* For the purpose of the grant program, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) refers to deaths that occur during sleep and often are classified as undetermined, accidental asphyxiation, suffocation, or overlay.

Program Services Grant (and Program Services Mini-Grant) Information


The purpose of the Program Services Grants is to support the mission of the CJ First Candle through activities that:

  • Promote Safe Sleep for Infants
  • Educate about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction and Safe Sleep for Infants
  • Provide grief support for parents and others who have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of an infant (SIDS or SUID)

Activities may include:

  • Conferences and meetings
  • Training and workshops
  • Community awareness events
  • Material production, purchase and distribution
  • Educational materials
  • Bereavement materials
  • Resource materials
  • Support groups
  • Peer support
  • Counseling
  • Support of staff (full-time, part-time, consultant)
  • Staff who implement education initiatives
  • Staff who provide bereavement services


  • The applicant organization must be recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit (501 c 3 or similar designation).
  • Organizations awarded grant funds in a prior grant cycle must be in adherence with the terms and requirements of that grant award.
  • Projects exclusively serving perinatal and/or neonatal death will not be considered.
  • Data collection and analysis for Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) and Child Death Review (CDR) programs will not be considered.

Application Procedures

When funding is available, CJ First Candle will provide guidelines and an application outline to those interested in applying for a grant. Applications will be accepted at that time only.

If you are interested in receiving email notification of the next funding opportunity or have questions about the grant program, contact the Director of Grants and External Relations at 309.633.0720 or wendy@cjfirstcandle.org.