Did you know that there are grants available for pregnant women? That’s right, while it may seem unbelievable; there are a good number of programs in place to help pregnant women afford the costs associated with pregnancy.
From help with housing to free prenatal and post-natal health care to free nutrition vouchers and even child care vouchers, the number of programs that use grant money in order to help pregnant women are many and varied.
Keep in mind that while most of these programs are funded by money from Federal Government Grants, the Federal Government does not give the money directly to any individual women. Instead, it chooses to give money to state and local government programs that have been put in place to help those pregnant women who need it.
The Four Main Grants for Pregnant Women
There are four main programs in place that help pregnant women cover the costs of pregnancy. First is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (also known as WIC). The second program is the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Third is the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, and fourth is the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.
What is WIC?
WIC (short for Women Infants and Children) is a program that provides food to pregnant and single mothers and small children of underprivileged families by giving them vouchers which can be exchanged for food. Information regarding your financial status is required in order to determine how much you qualify for. For more information on WIC, please go to: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
What is CHIP?
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides insurance for pregnant women who otherwise would not be able to afford care during pregnancy. This program is also open to their children after they are born. For more information on CHIP, please go to: http://www.chipmedicaid.org/
What is the Rural Health Care Services Program?
Rural Health Care Services is a program that addresses the needs of pregnant women who live in rural areas and who need prenatal care and might not otherwise be able to afford it. The program supplements doctor’s visits to qualified physicians and ensures that the women do not get charged more than they are able to afford for the visits. For more information on the Rural Health Care Services Program, please go to: http://wireless.fcc.gov/outreach/ruralinitiative/healthcare.htm
What is the Fair Housing Initiative?
The Fair Housing Initiative is money that is given to states and local communities in order to supplement the needs of pregnant women who are looking to find affordable housing before the birth of their child. If you would like more information on the Fair Housing Initiative you can find it at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/partners/FHIP/fhip