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Community Opportunity Grants Program

The Community Opportunity Grants Program seeks to enhance collaboration among public health departments, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, clinics, health care systems, schools, businesses and government leaders on community-identified health priorities.


2016 Request for Partnerships (RfP) available now (pdf)


The program has three objectives:

  1. Support implementation and evaluation strategies that address health priorities identified in a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) or a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) implementation strategy.

  2. Support sustainable interventions that will have an impact on the selected priority, with an emphasis on policy, systems or environmental change.

  3. Increase the capacity and effectiveness of multi-sector collaborations.

Grant Awards


The Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee anticipates awarding up to 12 Community Opportunity Grants during 2016. Grants are in the amount of $50,000 for a maximum of 24 months.




Be a Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, or a tribal or government entity. See RfP for additional information on eligibility.


Examples of plans supported under this funding announcement:

  • Community Health Improvement Plans that fulfill the requirements outlined in Wisconsin Statute 251 (generally led by local health departments)
  • Community Health Needs Assessment implementation plans that fulfill nonprofit hospital requirements through the Affordable Care Act
  • Other local plans are developed through a comprehensive communitywide assessment led by tribal or governmental bodies or community agencies (such as federally qualified health centers, planning councils, community action agencies, or other entities)

If you have questions or concerns regarding this requirement please feel free to contact Kelly Klingensmith at


2016 Proposal Submission and Key Dates


Event Date
Attend WPP Community Conversation  
Request for Proposal Released February 19, 2016
Webcasts on application requirements, evaluation and community change strategies available February-May
Notice of Intent Due March 23, 2016
Notice of Intent Review March-April
Invitation to submit Full Proposal April 22, 2016
Full Proposal Due May 20, 2016
Full Proposals Reviewed May-June
Notification of Award Decisions July 1, 2016


Grants Awarded


The Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee awarded 11 Community Opportunity Grants on June 10, 2015. The 11 grants – totaling nearly $540,000 – address a wide range of topics, including obesity, alcohol and other drug abuse, child abuse and mental health.

Community Opportunity Grants Program
Last updated: 03/24/2016
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