The Wisconsin Partnership Program supports community-led partnerships and collaborations designed to improve health and advance health equity across diverse communities and geographic areas in Wisconsin.
Grants support the implementation of a wide range of initiatives that align with the Wisconsin Idea and work toward the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s overarching goal of improving the health and well-being of Wisconsinites. Our competitive community grant programs include:
Community Collaboration Grants provide organizations with training and technical assistance to address health inequities stemming from the social determinants of health.
Community Impact Grants support evidence-informed community partnership initiatives that address the social determinants of health to improve health in Wisconsin’s urban and rural communities.
Maternal and Child Health Grants support community organizations’ efforts to strengthen and expand their capacity and community models of care to reduce maternal and infant health disparities with a focus on communities that have been disproportionately impacted by health inequities.
COVID-19 Response Grants provided support to community organizations across the state to address the immediate and ongoing challenges and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including grants to address the pandemic’s impact on the social and emotional health of Wisconsin’s adolescents.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s vision, mission and values as well as its goals and grant-making strategies as described in the 2019-2024 Five-Year Plan.
Community Collaboration Grant Program
Grantees addressing health inequities receive technical assistance and support as they strengthen and expand assets and partnerships, develop community-driven plans and take action toward systems change.
Community Impact Grant Program
Through the Community Impact Grant Program, the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) supports evidence-informed, community partnership initiatives that address the social determinants of health to advance health equity in Wisconsin’s urban and rural communities.
These partnerships require substantial and authentic community leadership to make progress toward sustainability and must be supported by evaluation.
Social determinants of health — economic stability, social and community context, access to health services and health care, neighborhoods and the built environment and education — have a strong and scientifically proven impact on human health and well-being. The structures, policies, systems and environments that guide an individual’s daily lives shape these determinants and thereby enhance or impede health. As such, many of the complex health issues are rooted in structural inequities that affect the health status of disproportionately affected populations.
Proposals must address health inequities and their root causes and be informed and implemented by those who are most affected by these inequities. Community partnerships strengthen our ability to successfully address and influence health and advance health equity.
New in 2023: There are two grant award levels available. Each grant award level has a maximum award amount for up to three years.
Level One is designed for small to medium sized organizations with annual expenses less than $500,000. An academic partner is not required for Level One, although an existing partnership or goal of academic partnership development during the grant period is preferred.
Level Two is designed for larger organizations with annual expenses of $500,000 or more, and an academic partner is required.
There are no renewals allowed at the end of the initial award, however organizations may apply for a new award during the annual competitive application process of their final year.
The OAC anticipates allocating up to five awards within each grant level during this grant cycle depending on the availability of funds. During the content review for both the letter of intent and full application stages, reviewers will be assigned to a specific grant level to evaluate similar-sized organizations and award requests.
|Grant Level||Award Amount||Number of Awards||Duration||Academic Partner Required||Org. Annual Expenses|
|Level One||Up to $250,000||Up to 5||Up to 3 years||No, but preferred*||Under $500,000|
|Level Two||Up to $500,000||Up to 5||Up to 3 years||Yes||$500,000 or more|
*Academic partners are optional for Level One, however, organizations with established academic partnerships or who propose the development of an academic partnership within their grant applications, are preferred.
Please see the Request for Partnerships and Applications Guidelines for details including:
- Funding Scope and Duration
- Registration and Letter of Intent Guidelines
- Key Dates and Deadlines, including:
- Fluxx Registration Deadlines (please note deadlines for new or existing Fluxx users)
- Letter of Intent Deadlines
Application Materials and Links
- 2022 recipients
- 2021 recipients
- 2020 recipients
- 2019 recipients
- 2018 recipients
- 2017 recipients
- 2016 recipients
- 2015 recipients
If you are not ready to apply for a Community Impact grant but would like to learn more about the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s grantmaking process, we invite you to apply to serve as a reviewer. Please complete our reviewer interest form or contact our program officers:
Maternal and Child Health Grant Program
The Wisconsin Partnership Program has a long history of supporting efforts to improve health outcomes for Wisconsin’s mothers and babies. Our maternal and child health funding mechanism supports a broad range of community partners and effective approaches to improving maternal and infant health outcomes, with a focus on communities that have been disproportionately impacted by health inequities.
Efforts led by trusted community-based organizations and strong community models of care are essential to improving maternal and child health outcomes. By engaging partners and supporting community-led solutions, the Wisconsin Partnership Program is working to help steer the state toward progress in improving health outcomes for Wisconsin’s mothers, infants, and families.
In 2021 and 2022 the Wisconsin Partnership Program awarded grants totaling $2.6 million to 18 projects that support a wide range of efforts across the state including: expanding community-based doula services; expanding early childhood programs to support mothers at risk for poor maternal and infant health outcomes; and strengthening postpartum care and family supports.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program recognizes the power of interconnected programming and collaboration focused on the whole family and will give consideration to organizations offering a two-generation (2-Gen) approach — connecting to both the adult (mother/father/partner/caregiver) and infant — which helps build family well-being by addressing the needs of young children as well as the needs of the adults in their lives.
- Annie E. Casey Foundation: Evaluation Lessons From Family-Centered Community Change
- Annie E. Casey Foundation: Panelists Share Insights in Evaluating Two-Generation Approaches
- ASCEND: Culturally Rooted and Responsive Ways to Bridge Gaps in Maternal Mental Health
COVID-19 Response Grant Program
The Wisconsin Partnership Program and its Oversight and Advisory Committee offered two COVID-19 Response Grant funding opportunities to address the impact of the pandemic on Wisconsin communities. The awards to community partners supported their efforts to address the initial and evolving health needs created by the pandemic; strengthen the resilience of Wisconsin families and communities; and address the pandemic’s impact on the social and emotional health of the Wisconsin’s adolescents.