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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Researchers
for Programs that Develop the Healthcare Workforce

2022 Call for Community-led Workforce Development for Improved Health Grant

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Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) - Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW)

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03/14/22 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit community-based organizations and individual researchers for collaborative community activities that advance health. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for projects that develop programs, tools, and resources to advance Wisconsin’s current and future health research, health care, and community health improvement workforces.

Successful community-led applicant teams will support Wisconsin’s health workforce to address evolving and growing health challenges and reduce health disparities among Wisconsin residents and communities. Funding is available for project teams who have identified a Wisconsin-based health workforce development need supported by appropriate data and evidence, and who propose a feasible, innovative resource as a solution to address the need. Successful projects will develop, adapt, and/or pilot the proposed resource with the target health workforce during the project period and gather initial evaluation to demonstrate the potential positive impact on health and health equity.

AHW encourages projects in alignment with the AHW focus areas of improving heart health, supporting healthy minds, and dismantling cancer, however work outside of these focus areas will also be considered.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192167

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Each project may request up to $200,000 maximum.

Term of Contract:

Project funding will begin on July 1, 2022. Projects must be complete within an 18-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be led by a primary community partner organization and must include an MCW School of Medicine Principal Investigator (PI).

Primary Community Partner Organization: All projects must designate one primary community partner organization to serve as the fiscal agent for the project and one individual from that organization to serve as the primary contact for the project. At least one representative of the community partner must contribute effort to the project for the full award period.

The primary community partner organization is responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements of the community portion of the project and project budget and shares the responsibility with the MCW PI for transferring all communications, notifications, and instructions from AHW to all members of the project team.
Eligible community organizations must be Wisconsin-based, non-profit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 or government organizations including, but not limited to:
• Health, social service, and other community-based organizations
• Faith-based organizations
• State and local governments
• Scientific or professional associations, universities, and schools
• Voluntary associations, foundations, civic and citizen groups
• Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, tribes, and tribal organizations

MCW Principal Investigator: All projects must engage an eligible MCW PI. The MCW PI is responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements of the MCW portion of the project and project budget and shares the responsibility with the primary community partner contact for transferring all communications, notifications, and instructions from AHW to all members of the project team.

The MCW PI must be a full-time or full professional effort MCW faculty member with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, have a primary appointment in the School of Medicine, and is required to contribute a minimum of five percent FTE to the project for the full award period.

Collaborators: Collaborators are optional but encouraged, as applicable, and are not subject to the same eligibility requirements as the primary community partner organization or the MCW PI. Collaborators may be MCW faculty, staff, or students, including MCW staff serving in MCW academic partner roles on the project, as well as experts outside of MCW, including additional community partner organizations and contacts. Collaborators typically have a smaller role in the project than the primary community partner and MCW PI and may or may not receive salary support through AHW funding. Any individual and/or organization listed as a collaborator should be committed to the proposed project and ready to engage in the project based on their specified role, if funded.

For information on ineligible expenses, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

- November 1, 2021: Letter of Intent (LOI) Applications Due
- Mid-January 2022: Full Proposal Invitations
- March 14, 2022: Full Proposal Applications Due (invited applicants only)
- Mid-May 2022: Conditional Notification of Award
- July 1, 2022: Funded Project Start Date

Letter of Intent (LOI) applications are due by 5 PM (CST) on November 1, 2021.

Complete key personnel signatures via AHW-initiated DocuSign process prior to 5:00 pm CST on November 4, 2021.

All applicants are highly encouraged to leverage additional funding support for their work. Leveraging additional support not only demonstrates an additional commitment to a project but also increases the sustainability of efforts and can provide resources for activities that AHW cannot fund. Leveraging can include departmental funds, cost-sharing of salary support, matching funding from other funders, business partners, or government (city, county, state, or federal) funds, as well as in-kind support.

For an efficient application process, applicants are highly encouraged to connect with the AHW program manager to discuss their proposed project scope and ensure it is in alignment with the funding opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to connect as early in the development of their LOI as possible.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Contact Tim Meister at to set up a time to discuss your proposal idea.

8701 W Watertown Plank Road,
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
(414) 955-4350

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