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The Wisconsin Partnership Program supports community-led partnerships and collaborations implementing a wide range of initiatives and approaches to improving health and advancing health equity across diverse communities and geographic areas in Wisconsin.

These 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.

The Wisconsin Partnership Program currently administers a number of recurring competitive community grant programs, each with a unique approach to improving health and advancing health equity.

  • Community Collaboration Grants provide organizations with training and technical assistance to address health inequities stemming from the social determinants of health. To be eligible, organizations must be led by the community impacted by the inequities and face high health equity needs in their community.
  • Community Impact Grants support large-scale, evidence-based, community-academic partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable policy, systems and/or environmental changes that will improve health, health-equity and well-being in Wisconsin.
  • Maternal and Child Health Grants support community organizations to strengthen and expand their capacity and community models of care to reduce maternal and infant health disparities with a focus on underserved and marginalized communities, including but not limited to, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, rural, and low-income communities.

Five-Year Plan

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.

View the plan (pdf)

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.

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Community Impact Grant Program

The Community Impact Grant Program supports community-academic partnership initiatives that seek to improve health and advance health equity by addressing the social determinants of health.

Since 2015, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has provided more than $31 million in Community Impact Grants to support community-academic partnerships across the state. These partnerships are improving health and advancing health equity across a wide range of initiatives, communities and geographic areas.

Recent awards support initiatives that are advancing health equity by addressing the social determinants of health as well as the systems and polices that hold inequities in place. In alignment with the Wisconsin Idea, the Community Impact Grant Program bridges the expertise and resources of the university with the experiences and expertise of communities to strengthen our ability to successfully influence health and advance health equity.

In 2022, the Oversight and Advisory Committee will allocate up to $3 million in grants of up to $500,000 for three years to community-academic partnerships that seek to improve health by addressing health inequities and their root causes.  Awardees from this funding cycle are eligible to apply for one three-year renewal for an additional $500,000 at the end of their initial award, for a total award of up to $1 million over six years. Renewals are competitive, and as part of the renewal application, awardees must demonstrate success in achieving progress on the primary activities outlined in the original proposal.

Grant program goal

The Community Impact Grant Program supports large-scale, evidence-informed, community-academic 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 sustainable systems change and must be supported by robust evaluation.

Proposals must address health inequities and their root causes and be informed and implemented by those who are most affected by these inequities.

Funding Scope and Duration

Each grant award is a maximum of $500,000 for up to three years. Awardees from this funding cycle are eligible to apply for one three-year renewal for an additional $500,000 at the end of their initial award, for a total award of up to $1 million over six years. Renewals are competitive, and as part of the renewal application, awardees must demonstrate success in achieving progress on the primary activities outlined in the original proposal.

Community Lead Organizations with active Community Impact Grant awards are not eligible to apply.

The OAC anticipates funding up to six awards.

Applicant eligibility

A Community Lead Organization is required and must be a Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, IRS tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, or a tribal or local government entity. 

The Community Lead Organization must have the fiscal and administrative capacity to oversee and manage the initiative and therefore must have expenses exceeding $500,000 annually. 

The initiative must include at least one Academic Partner with relevant expertise who has an established partnership with the Community Lead Organization.

Academic Partners must have a paid appointment at one of the University of Wisconsin System’s 13 universities, which includes 26 campuses and a statewide extension, in a faculty or emeritus faculty position or in an academic staff position.

By applying for a Wisconsin Partnership Program grant, applicants agree to the Partnership Program’s terms and conditions

Application materials and links

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Key dates and deadlines

All dates are 2022.

  • April 28: Request for Partnerships released
  • May 27: Letters of Intent due
  • May and June: Letters of Intent reviewed
  • Week of June 20: Invite full application
  • Aug. 5: Full applications due
  • August and September: Full applications reviewed
  • Sept. 30 Invite finalist presentations
  • Oct. 26: Presentation to OAC
  • Oct. 31: Notify finalists of award decisions
  • Dec. 1: Earliest start date

Past recipients

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 and its approach to addressing this persistent challenge has evolved. 

The Wisconsin Partnership Program’s 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 under-resourced and marginalized communities across Wisconsin, including but not limited to Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and rural communities.

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.

Since 2009, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has committed more than $70 million to 67 projects and initiatives to promote healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes and ensure more Wisconsin mothers and babies can thrive.

Additional resources

The Wisconsin Partnership Program recognizes the power of interconnected programming and collaboration focused on the whole family and will give consideration to organizations connecting to both the adult (mother/father/partner/caregiver) and infant, a two-generation approach (2-Gen). Promising 2-Gen practices build family well-being by intentionally meeting the needs of young children and the adults in their lives together.

Past recipients