Additional Funding Opportunities and Collaborators

The Wisconsin Partnership Program encourages grantees and applicants to explore additional funding opportunities and new partnerships to sustain and expand their exceptional work. We have compiled a selection of potential funding opportunities and collaborators to consider.

Funding Opportunities

Numerous funding opportunities are available in Wisconsin and nationally to sustain and expand projects. Below are some suggested resources for identifying funding opportunities.

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
    DHS is a state agency that is responsible for a variety of programs, including public health, mental health and substance abuse, Medicaid, long-term care, nursing home quality assurance and a variety of other programs that support its mission of protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. See information on Current Grant Funding Opportunities.
  • Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
    The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health works to improve the access to and quality of, rural health care. Their website lists a variety of funding opportunities focused on rural health.
  • Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW)
    AHW, the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s sister organization, is part of the Medical College of Wisconsin and is committed to investing in collaborative solutions to Wisconsin’s public health challenges. AHW has invested in promising biomedical research, supporting community health initiatives and building the health workforce needed by Wisconsin. Funding opportunities and application requirements are updated throughout the year on the AHW website.
    This is a central repository for federal funding opportunities and information. Organizations interested in federal funding should register and create a account to receive email notifications.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    HHS is the largest grant-making agency in the United States and includes the agencies listed below, among others. Most HHS grants are provided directly to states, territories, tribes and educational and community organizations, then given to people and organizations who are eligible to receive funding. is the best central source of information about HHS agencies’ funding opportunities.
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life and reduce illness and disability. Their About Grants page provides overview and orientation information for those starting to explore NIH funding.
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
    PCORI is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research in the United States. PCORI is an independent, nonprofit research organization that seeks to empower patients and others with actionable information about their health and healthcare choices. They offer several funding opportunities that are informed by Topic Themes.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    HUD awards discretionary funding through over 20 grant programs that support HUD initiatives, including Affordable Housing Development and Preservation, Community and Economic Development, Environment and Energy, Fair Housing, Homelessness, Homeownership, Rental Assistance, Supportive Housing and Services. Funding opportunities are posted on
  • Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
    The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW-Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. All UW–Madison faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply.
  • Morgridge Center for Public Service
    The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects University of Wisconsin–Madison students, staff and faculty to local and global communities to build partnerships and solve critical issues through service and learning. Funding opportunities and awards for UW–Madison faculty and instructional staff are available for community-based learning courses, research, community-engaged projects and more.
  • UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)
    The goal of ICTR is to create an environment that transforms research into a continuum from investigation through discovery and to translation into real-life community practice, thereby linking even the most basic research to practical improvements in human health. Their pilot funding opportunities, which are supported by the WPP, target research areas such as basic discovery research, patient-based clinical research, patient-centered outcomes research, dissemination and implementation research and community engaged research.
  • UW-Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC)
    The UWPRC is one of 26 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of the UWPRC is to improve the health of low-income women, infants and families through the conduct of high-quality applied health promotion and disease prevention research with a focus on achieving health equity. They offer funding through their annual Small Grant Competition and they fund Special Interest Projects.
  • Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP)
    The Wisconsin Partnership Program is a grantmaking program within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health created to improve health for the people of Wisconsin. Since 2004, WPP administers competitive grant programs that support both faculty research and community partnerships, each with a unique approach toward improving health and advancing health equity in Wisconsin.


Improving the health of communities across Wisconsin requires partnerships and innovative collaborations. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some Wisconsin-based organizations that may be able to help build connections and partner to expand successful projects.

  • MetaStar, Inc.
    MetaStar is a nonprofit quality improvement organization dedicated to effecting positive change in health and health care to achieve optimal health for all. They work with health care professionals, communities, and researchers to redesign processes, deliver higher quality, achieve more equitable care, and sustain positive changes. Much of their work is funded by state and federal grants.
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW)
    PSW provides a unified voice, resources, and leadership to advance the pharmacy profession and improve the quality of medication use in Wisconsin. They offer a variety of resources and have collaborated with partners to address issues such as opioid harm reduction and social determinants of health.
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC)
    RWHC is owned and operated by forty-four rural acute, general medical-surgical hospitals. The Cooperative’s emphasis on developing a collaborative network among both freestanding and system affiliated rural hospitals distinguishes it from alternative approaches. RWHC offers a variety of programs and services to its members as well as to other clients across the nation.
  • United Way
    United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. Each local United Way is governed by a board of local volunteers who convene partners to determine local needs, set priorities, and make local investment decisions.
  • Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)
    WCHQ is a multi-stakeholder collaborative that includes health systems, medical clinics and dental practices. Their members include 35 health systems, 325 medical clinics, and more than 150 dentists. WCHQ partners with a wide range of stakeholders, including corporate sponsors, purchasers, policy and advocacy organizations, government agencies, research institutions and foundations.
  • Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA)
    WHA’s members are hospitals, and WHA’s mission is to advocate for the ability of their members to lead in providing high quality, affordable and accessible health care services, contributing to healthier communities. The WHA Foundation focuses its grant-making priorities on initiatives that have a statewide impact on health care in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Medical Society
    As a trusted health policy leader and professional development resource, the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) represents the unified voice of physicians on state and national health care issues through its advocacy efforts. Through the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, they work to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical education and health initiatives, including offering grant opportunities.
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA)
    WPHCA is a non-profit association for the 19 Community Health Centers in Wisconsin. WPHCA serves as the state’s Primary Care Association (PCA) and receives federal funds to support Community Health Centers across the state. WPHCA also serves as a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN), which is a network of Community Health Centers that work together to strengthen and leverage health information technology to improve operational and clinical practices.
  • Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN)
    WISHIN is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of widespread, secure, interoperable health information technology to patients and caregivers throughout Wisconsin. WISHIN is building a statewide health information network to connect physicians, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and clinical laboratories across Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Philanthropy Network
    WPN is a professional membership association for grantmakers from across the state. They are committed to making giving as effective and meaningful as possible by providing networking opportunities, skill building and customized research services tailored to member needs.

Grant applicants looking for academic partners can find more information here: Finding an Academic Partner.

Please note: These links are provided as resources only. The Wisconsin Partnership Program does not endorse any of the referenced organizations, grant programs, or any of their associated services or products.

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