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.

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 individual’s daily lives shape these determinants and thereby enhance or impede health. 

Through the Community Impact Grant program, the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) 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. Successful partnerships demonstrate substantial and authentic community leadership to make progress toward sustainable systems change and are supported by robust evaluation.

Previous awards support initiatives that are advancing health equity by addressing the social determinants of health as well as the systems and policies 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 efforts to improve health and advance health equity.

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