BKFA works in partnership with NGOs, governments, and health service providers around the world to end preventable maternal and newborn deaths. Our approach is two-fold:
Birthing Kit Grant Program
As part of our Birthing Kit Grant Program, we send our Field Partners Birthing Kits. Our Field Partners are responsible for the distribution of these kits, with education on appropriate use and disposal, to vulnerable women and communities.
Maternal and Newborn Health Partnerships
We invest in collaborative reproductive, maternal and newborn health projects with key Field Partners. Our support helps to initiate or strengthen programs for greater impact for mothers, newborns, and communities.
Our current Field Partners can be viewed here.
How to Become a Field Partner
To support vulnerable women and communities across the world, we provide annual Birthing Kit Grants to NGOs and other community providers. We also provide funding to existing Field Partners to develop new programs or support or expand their existing programs in maternal and newborn health.
Birthing Kit Grants run annually from 1 July – 30 June. Grants are awarded to new applicants and existing Field Partners on an annual basis to trusted and high-performing organisations. The 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022 Birthing Kit Grant round is now closed. However, you are still able to submit an Expression of Interest for the next grant period by completing the BKFA Grant EOI and emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organisations must meet the following criteria to receive a Birthing Kit Grant:
- Work in a developing country as per the List of Developing Countries as declared by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- Be a not-for-profit entity registered with the relevant governing body in the country of implementation.
- Demonstrate that Birthing Kits will be distributed in accordance with BKFA core policies and at no cost to beneficiaries.
- Must have a documented Child Protection Policy and procedures for dealing with concerns about child safety.
- Demonstrate prior experience implementing a community development program.
- Demonstrate sufficient funds such that no additional cash resources are required to incorporate a Birthing Kit Grant into existing programs.
- Maintain responsibility for all costs associated with collection, storage and distribution of Birthing Kits.
- Have access to the internet for communication and reporting purposes.
- Have the capacity to plan and provide Birthing Kits to your organisation’s target project areas for at least 3 years.