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The Wisconsin Partnership Program is steadfast in its commitment to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the launch of its initial COVID-19 Response Grant Program in 2020, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded $3.24 million to 26 research and community-led efforts to address the health challenges of the pandemic.

Currently the Wisconsin Partnership Program is allocating an additional $2.8 million to support additional research, education and community initiatives to fight COVID-19 and its ongoing impact on health and wellbeing.

  • The COVID-19 Response Focus on Adolescent Social and Emotional Heath Grant Program provides up to $1.6 million to support community organizations in their efforts to address the toll of the pandemic on the social and emotional health of adolescents ages 10–21 years. Eligible community organizations must be a Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, IRS tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, pre-K-12 school or district, or a tribal or local government entity.
  • The COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program provides up to $1.2 million to support innovative research and education projects that address a broad range of ongoing health consequences of the pandemic. A principal investigator (PI) is required and must have an appointment as a UW-Madison faculty member or academic staff with permanent PI status.

COVID-19 Response Focus on Adolescent Social and Emotional Health Grant Program

A new COVID-19 Response funding opportunity from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will provide up to $1.6 million to support effective and innovative approaches to addressing the social and emotional health of adolescents (ages 10 -21 years).

Goal of grant program

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social and emotional health of people within our communities is undeniable. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the social and emotional health effects of the pandemic as they navigate school closures and the postponement of social activities, illness or death of loved ones, stress due to the multitude of other pandemic impacts. Before the pandemic, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reported that 50 percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. According to recent research, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health is anticipated to be significant and may affect populations disproportionately, with adolescents as a particularly vulnerable category.

To address this challenge, the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) of the Wisconsin Partnership Program will allocate $1.6 million to support effective and innovative approaches to addressing social and emotional health of adolescents.

The COVID-19 Response Focus on Social and Emotional Health Grant Program will fund activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • connecting adolescents to resources that build resilience and self-efficacy, provide connection and social support
  • increasing social and emotional health workforce diversification and capacity
  • testing and/or scaling of effective models (including models that address screening and access to sustainable funding)
  • training for social/emotional health providers to acquire innovative therapeutic approaches
  • training for parents and caregivers that provide skills to support the needs of their families

Funding scope and duration

Each COVID-19 Response Focus on Social and Emotional Health Grant Program award will be for a maximum of $200,000 for up to two years. A maximum of 8 awards will be granted.

Geographic area will be taken into account in the final award decision process to ensure as broad a reach as possible of meritorious awards.

Applicant eligibility

Eligible community lead organizations must be a Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, IRS tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, pre-K-12 school or district, or a tribal or local government entity. Priority will be given to those organizations that can illustrate a track-record of successfully supporting the adolescent population and that have already established trust-based relationships.

Wisconsin Partnership Program staff and content experts, including an adolescent advisory board, will evaluate each submission to check for eligibility and fit with the intent of this award program.

Application materials and links

Start an application

2021 grant program key dates and deadlines

April 19

Request for proposals released

May 17

Letters of intent due

Late May

Invitation to submit full proposal

June 28

Full proposals due

July 23

Award notification

Sept. 1

Earliest project start date

COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program

A new COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will provide up to $1.2 million to support faculty-led projects to address the state’s ongoing health needs and the long-term impacts of COVID-19.

The new COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant program builds upon the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s initial COVID-19 Response Grant program, which, to date, has awarded more than $3 million in grants to support community organizations and UW faculty in addressing the immediate health challenges of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program will prioritize, but is not limited to, the following topics: addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations; addressing mental, behavioral or physical health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as testing and surveillance to support efforts to prevent cases and spread of COVID-19.

Through the COVID-19 Response Research and Education Grant Program, the Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC) will allocate up to $1.2 million to support innovative research and education projects to fight the COVID-19 pandemic now and to address the health consequences of the pandemic, which are likely to persist for years to come. Grants will be awarded for up to $200,000 over one or two years. PERC anticipates funding up to six grants.

Although proposals are not limited to the topics below, the committee identified the following priorities:

  • reducing or eliminating the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations
  • addressing mental, behavioral or physical health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • testing and surveillance to support efforts to prevent cases and spread of COVID-19

Funding scope and duration

The maximum award is $200,000 over one or two years. For one-year grants, the maximum award is 100,000.

Applicant eligibility

A Principal Investigator (PI) is required and must have an appointment as a UW-Madison faculty member or academic staff with permanent PI status. The project may have one or two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI) and may include a number of collaborators consistent with the scope of the project. Co-PIs and collaborators may have an appointment, for example, at any UW System campus, Marshfield Clinic, Gundersen Health System, Medical College of Wisconsin, state and local government agencies or community organizations.

Application materials and links

Start an application

2021 grant program key dates and deadlines

March 18

Request for proposals released

April 8

Letters of intent due

April-May

Letters of intent reviewed

May 11

Invite full applicants

June 3

Full applications due

July 2

Invite finalists for interview

July 12

PERC interviews finalists, 5-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

July 16

Notify finalists of award decisions

Aug. 1

Anticipated start date