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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and
IHEs for Projects that Advance Health Equity

2022 Call for Community-led Population and Community Health Studies 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 organizations, agencies, and IHEs collaborating with individual researchers for projects that advance health equity. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support collaborative activities that inform health-based policies and practices.

Successful applicant teams will provide a clear and compelling plan for how research and new knowledge will be developed and shared to inform policy and practice and advance health equity. Applicable population and community health studies may focus on conducting high-quality, relevant research or evaluation to inform future policy or practice changes and/or actively applying knowledge generated from previous research through authentic engagement and active dissemination to inform current policy or practice.

Promising projects funded through this call will involve:

  • Relevance: Demonstrating that project ideas are relevant, aligning with current Wisconsin health priorities
  • Actionability: Demonstrating potential to apply new knowledge to policy and practices
  • Advancement of health equity: Demonstrating a focus on health disparities and reducing inequities
  • Collaboration: Demonstrating the engagement of a collaborative team ready to actively implement the proposed project, assuring that key decision-makers, impacted populations, and community voices will be engaged throughout the process

Successful applicants will demonstrate alignment with AHW focus areas of improving heart health, supporting healthy minds, and dismantling cancer, and will be led by a primary community partner organization and include an MCW School of Medicine academic partner.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192168

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

Term of Contract:

Project funding will begin 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, nonprofit, 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 more 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.

Applicants must 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 a cash match from one or more other funders, business partners, coalition member organizations, or government (city, county, state, or federal) funds as well as in-kind support provided by participating organizations.

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.

Apply online:

Direct questions and schedule a pre-application consultation:
Tim Meister
(414) 955-5886

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

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