If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
MOFAS has extended the deadline for 2015 public awareness grant applications until January 30, 2015.
MOFAS is offering grants up to $2,000, to organizations and agencies throughout Minnesota who are interested in hosting a public awareness event in their area to educate women about the danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant. Funding preference will be given to 501(C)3 non-profits, schools, governmental agencies, and tribal councils who work in a verity of settings all across Minnesota. Agencies that are past or current grantees of MOFAS are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible for funding.
The purpose of the public awareness grants are to increase awareness and education in your community about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant and to remind pregnant women to take a “pause” from drinking for the nine months while they are pregnant.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday,January 30, 2015 by 3 PM. Grantees will be notified via mail and a follow up phone call by February 15, 2015. Events and activities will need to take place between March 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015. For more information, contact Alexa McIndoe, Communications Coordinator at email@example.com or 651-917-2370.
What financial statements does MOFAS require?
MOFAS will need a copy of your organizations latest financial statements. This can be at least one of the following: the organization board financials, income year-to-date, yearly budget, latest monthly statement, and audit report.
There are multiple MOFAS grant RFPs out, is my organization allowed to apply for more than one MOFAS grant?
Yes, you can apply for both. MOFAS is not punishing organizations for having multiple interests and fields in which they help people with an FASD or prevention of FASD.
Our organization is applying again this year, is it okay if we do the same thing as last year?
MOFAS hopes that you all put on creative thinking caps and try to expand on things you’ve done in the past. Make sure the 049 message is front and center of the event and not an afterthought. As long as it’s interactive, gives people chances to talk about 049, educational, and fun, there shouldn’t be a problem. If last years event worked great, do that and add more.
We’re planning on when to have our event, does MOFAS have a week/month?
MOFAS has our Day on the Hill in March, date to be determined. Governor Mark Dayton declared March 19, as Minnesota’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and FASD Awareness Month is September where FASD Awareness Day is observed world wide on September 9.
We were thinking of doing multiple events, is that okay or are we suppose to only do one?
Your organization is more than welcome to do multiple events. As long as you budget for the events accordingly to account with your proposed budget. And as long as all the grant money is spent prior to June 30, 2015.
Should we budget for a speaker from MOFAS, and what type of group do they normally present to?
MOFAS offers a speaker for free. Our speakers are our Family Resource Coordinators and Prevention Resource Coordinators. We have 11 throughout Minnesota. Most, if not all, are parents, foster parents, or care providers of children with an FASD. They have presented in small scale events to large conferences. From FASD basics presentations to in-depth fundamentals and strategies about how to help children with an FASD. They are our FASD super heroes for family support and prevention.
In the RFP it says MOFAS will provide a template to t-shirts, does MOFAS sell their t-shirts?
MOFAS will provide a template of our t-shirt design. No, we do not sell our t-shirts. Your organization is responsible for buying and getting t-shirts screen printed at your local screen printer. You will have to budget for this cost and include it in your proposed budget as this cost varies from company to company.
Does MOFAS have a color pallet?
Yes. You can view our color scheme from our materials on our Order Form, and if you would like specific color codes please email Alexa.
For more information, contact Alexa McIndoe at 651-917-2370 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out photos from last year’s Public Awareness Grant events on facebook!