Organizations seeking public health funding should register at Grants.gov. This is a federal clearinghouse where people can search for grants and get information on different aspects of federal grants. Their Grants Learning Center and Community Blog provide guidance on finding and writing grants. After creating an account, they will send email alerts about relevant grants.
Foundations in Wisconsin
Grant seekers often begin their search with the Foundations in Wisconsin database, which is run by Marquette University. There is a fee to get access for the database, and it is updated monthly with contact information, personnel, financial information, and application details.
Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the largest grant-making agency in the nation. Most HHS grants are awarded to states, territories, tribes, and educational and community organizations. Grants.gov provides opportunities to search for available grants.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Grants
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides many funding opportunities for tribal, local, and territorial health agencies. The best way to get up-to-date information is to register for a grants.gov account.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a source of grants for mental and behavioral health care initiatives. It announces funding opportunities through Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). These notices include all the information needed to apply for a grant. Similar to other federal grantmakers, organizations must be registered on Grants.gov to apply for SAMHSA grants. In Wisconsin, SAMHSA is funding substance abuse prevention and treatment, community mental health services, projects that assist people transitioning from homelessness, and other critical wellness initiatives.
Department of Health Services
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is committed to improving the health of all Wisconsinites, and has an annual budget of more than $11 billion. It provides a number of grants to organizations addressing public health challenges. The agency is supporting community efforts to address the opioid crisis, increasing access to dental and health care, and training health professionals, among other priorities.
Wisconsin has 40 United Ways, and each of them is governed by a board of local volunteers who are charged with setting priorities and making investment decisions. This online map helps people find their local United Way to determine if the workplace giving initiative is offering grants to improve public health.
AHW Endowment Grants
The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment is committed to investing in collaborative solutions to public health challenges. Working with partner community organizations, AHW has invested in increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, improving trauma screening, reducing cancer disparities, ending the cycle of family violence, and much more.
Since 2004, AHW has invested more than $300 million in promising biomedical research, supporting community health initiatives, and building the health workforce needed by Wisconsin.
In addition to grant funding, we develop and deliver resources that add value to the partners we serve, building capacity within Wisconsin’s healthcare ecosystem and extending the impact of our investments to maximize opportunities for people and communities throughout the state to thrive.
Current Funding Opportunities and application requirements are updated throughout the year on the AHW website.
We publish requests for applications (RFAs) for funding throughout the year.
Wisconsin Partnership Program
Another crucial avenue for grant funding is the AHW Endowment’s sister organization, the Wisconsin Partnership Program, which works with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to fund research, education, and community partnerships.
Since 2004, the Partnership Program has awarded hundreds of grants to explore treatments for disease and injury and advance innovation in medical education. It has also invested in efforts to improve maternal and child health, reduce drug and alcohol use, and advance health equity.