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Community Impact Grant Program

This RfP is designed to address the overall health, health equity and well-being of Wisconsin communities through support for large-scale, evidence-based, community-academic partnership initiatives. These partnerships require substantial community engagement to achieve sustained policy, system and environmental change, and must be supported by robust evaluation and effective dissemination.


The application process involves three-stages including an online initial application, an in-person presentation to the Oversight and Advisory Committee, and a final proposal (see below for funding cycle time line). Progressing to the second and third stages is invitation-only.


Grant awards: Maximum of $1 million for up to five years


Applicant eligibility: Eligibility requirements for the Community Impact Grants Program reflect the OAC’s focus on funding projects with significant potential for impact. Please see the RfP and the Additional Information section (pdf) for explanations and further detail.


Community partners must:

  • Be Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies

  • Have an established community-academic partnership

  • Actively participate in an existing coalition or network, committed to helping advance the goals of the proposed initiative

  • Have the financial capacity to oversee and manage the project. For this RfP we are defining “financial capacity” as operating a current annual budget of $500,000 or more

While many organizations that engage in public health and well-being efforts may not meet the “lead community applicant” eligibility criteria for this specific funding mechanism, they may still participate in the proposed work as partners and collaborators.


Academic partners must meet one of the following criterion:

  • UW School of Medicine and Public Health tenure-track, Clinical/Health Sciences (CHS) or clinician-teacher faculty

  • UW-Madison faculty, academic staff or emeritus professor with approval of a department chair or center director, and have or acquire Principal Investigator (PI) status

  • Other UW System faculty, including UW Extension, with Principal Investigator (PI) status with an institutional IRB of record 

Key Dates and Deadlines




Request for Partnerships released

February 9, 2017

Consults / technical assistance

February 9 - May 15, 2017

Stage 1: Initial proposal due

June 1, 2017

Invitation to next stage

July 19, 2017

Stage 2: In-person presentation to the OAC

September 20, 2017

Invitation to the final stage

September 20, 2017

Stage 3: Final proposal / detailed work plan

November 8, 2017

Final decision by the WPP Oversight and Advisory Committee

November 15, 2017

Notification of awards

November 15, 2017

New grantee orientation

January 2018

Earliest project start date

January 2018

Community Impact Grant Program

Last updated: 02/09/2017
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