HWPP Responsive Component

Through a Call for Changemakers (PDF), the Responsive component will support Wisconsin-based organizations, local leaders and citizens to create strong, healthy neighborhoods and communities. Participants in the Call for Changemakers will demonstrate how a range of partners from multiple sectors can work together to pursue evidence based strategies around grassroots policy, systems and environment (PSE)  that address the key determinants that most strongly influence community health.

Successful projects will be awarded funds to support non-lobbying activities focused on either grassroots policysystems or environmental change (changing the regulations, rules, priorities, protocols or practices within and across organizations and communities; changing the physical or material components of the community environment) related to the key determinants of health. Increasing the scope and availability of existing community programs is not the primary goal of this funding, so applications must be clearly focused on a system change goal. Selected projects must demonstrate an appropriate level of funding and timeframe to accomplish the project scope.

HWPP Funding Opportunity Announcement and Capacity Building Opportunity

The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) will be offering sessions to learn about current funding opportunities and capacity building offerings.

To learn more about:

  • enhancing your readiness and resource availability to improve health  Learn More>>
  • applying for funding community-based behavioral health improvement strategies  Learn More>>
  • apply for funding local policy, environmental, or systems changes related to the key determinants of health

Sessions are scheduled for:

  • Green Bay--October 20, 2015; 8:30 am – 12:00 pm; St. Norbert College, Bermis Conference Center, Green Bay.  To Register>>
    The capacity building learning session will focus on developing and strengthening partnerships and how to concisely communicate your partnership’s goal presented by Rebecca Derenne.
  • Wausau--October 21, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m; City Grill at Jefferson Street Inn, 203 Jefferson Street, Wausau.  To Register>>
    The capacity building learning session will focus on forming and maintaining multi-sector, community-based collaborations presented by Dr. Lisa Dodson, MCW-Central Wisconsin Dean and Professor of Family and Community Medicine.
  • Eau Claire--October 22, 2015;  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Avenue, Eau Claire.  To Register>>
    The capacity building learning session will focus on collaborative grantseeking in which attendees will learn about four types of collaborations, essential characteristics of grant leaders and how to manage expectations of collaboration presented by Jeremy Miner, director of grants and contracts in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and president of Miner and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provides grantseeking and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations.
  • Milwaukee--October 26, 2015; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm; Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee.  To Register>>
    The capacity building learning session will focus on why evaluation planning is important from the beginning of a project in which attendees will learn about two evaluation tools presented by Melissa Ugland, principal consultant of Ugland Associates.
  • Madison--October 28, 2015; 8:30 am – 12:00 pm; Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West, 1109 Fourier Drive, Madison.  To Register>>
    The capacity building learning session will focus on crafting a compelling story from your programs’ needs assessment and evaluation data presented by Julie Swanson and Betsy Swenson.

For information on previously funded HWPP Responsive component projects, please see the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program Funded Awards.

 Partnership Eligibility

Successful applicants will feature a multi-sector network of partners, including those not traditionally involved in health improvement efforts, with the necessary expertise to address grassroots policy, environmental or systems change in their communities. All projects must have one primary applicant organization that is a Wisconsin-based, non-profit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 or governmental organization and is responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements on behalf of the larger partnership.

All projects must also include formal partnership with an eligible MCW academic partner. Eligible academic partner(s) must be MCW full-time, part-time, or full professional effort status or eligible faculty teaching in the MCW Community Medical Education Program meeting specified criteria and serving a specific role on the project, with additional academic partners participating as needed. Please see the Call for Changemakers (PDF) RFP for additional eligibility criteria.

For assistance in identifying an eligible partner, please see the Faculty Collaboration Database and/or contact Maureen Busalacchi, Endowment Program Officer, at 414-955-4327 or mbusalacchi@mcw.edu.

 Application Assistance

Application Resources

Please see the HWPP Application Resources section of the AHW website for additional information and tips to assist your partnership as you work on your submission.

HWPP Staff Technical Assistance

Applicants are encouraged to contact HWPP staff for assistance in identifying an eligible partner and discussing your partnership’s change idea and proposal submission. Please contact Maureen Busalacchi, Endowment Program Officer, at 414-955-4327 or mbusalacchi@mcw.edu.

 How to Submit

To apply for funding, review the full Call for Changemakers (PDF) RFP and submit a Stage 1 Changemaker Brief Proposal via the online form. Stage 1 Changemaker Brief Proposal submissions are due by noon CST on January 8, 2016.

To assist the preparation of your application, your partnership may use the unlocked Word format of the application form (DOC) to collaboratively develop your proposal for online submission. NOTE - the form is provided only to support the collaborative work of your application. It will NOT be accepted as a submission.

Eligible submissions will be reviewed by a subcommittee of MCW Consortium members and external content experts based on a 9-point scale and criteria to assess alignment of proposals with the AHW Endowment’s Principles, the HWPP Community-Academic Partnership Model and criteria outlined in the Call for Changemakers.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the HWPP Responsive component, please contact Maureen Busalacchi mbusalacchi@mcw.edu or 414-955-4327.

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