MHCP Health Improvement Fund Grant
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MHCP Health Improvement Fund Grant

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The health system members of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) (Ascension Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health, Children’s Wisconsin, and Froedtert Health) helped launch the MHCP Health Improvement Fund with United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County in 2011 to support organizations that provide health care and support services for low-income, underserved populations in Milwaukee County, with the aim of improving health outcomes and advancing health equity.

MHCP Health Improvement Fund (HIF) grants are one-time grants to non-profit, health and human service agencies in Milwaukee County.

The Health Improvement Fund will focus on two of the MHCP’s community health priorities in the upcoming grant period as identified in the Milwaukee Community Health Needs Assessment, and the MHCP’s Annual Plan:

  • Behavioral Health: Improve access to, and navigation of mental health services for adults and youth, including expanded availability and accessibility of inpatient, outpatient, crisis and restorative services.  
  • Violence Prevention and Intervention: Address key components found in the Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace, including prevention, intervention and physical or mental health treatment for victims of gun, assaultive or interpersonal violence, such as sexual assault and human trafficking.


  • Agencies must be a 501(c)3 in good financial standing and operating as a 501(c)3 for at least one year.
  • Agencies can assure that MHCP Health Improvement Fund grant funds will only be invested in Milwaukee County.
  • Agencies may apply for funding to address one or more of the priorities identified above.
  • Agencies may apply for up to $50,000, one time per year. Award amounts typically range from $25,000 to $35,000.
  • Agencies have a board approved non-discrimination policy that agency clients, staff and membership on the governing board are served, employed or appointed without regard to social or economic class, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation and identification, disability, special health care needs, race or religion. Organizations with a religious affiliation must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance.
  • Special consideration will be made for organizations applying for funding who are actively participating in Milwaukee Health Care Partnership sponsored or supported initiatives.


The Health Improvement Fund Letter of Intent is now closed. 

Visit our Funding Opportunities page and sign up to receive notification of new funding opportunities.

Questions? Please use the form at the bottom of this page.

2022-23 Timeline

  • February 23, 2022- Letter of Intent application is open for submission
  • March 9, 2022 - Letter of Intent due by 4:30pm
  • March 31, 2022 - Agencies notified whether they have qualified to complete a full Request for Proposal (RFP) and receive instructions on how to complete and submit RFP via email. RFP becomes available in e-CImpact.
  • April 18, 2022 - RFP and all attachments due by 4:30pm
  • July 1, 2022 - Project funding year starts and agency executives are notified of award status

*Dates listed on the website are subject to change. All agencies who submit a Letter of Intent will receive an update on the RFP along with relevant dates via email. 

Additional Information

Agencies invited to complete a full RFP that are not currently United Way Agency Program Partners will be required to submit:

  • 501 (c) 3 Letter
  • Completed Form W-9
  • Most recent Audit Report & Management Letter for Audit Report
    • If the agency does not conduct an Audit, they will be asked to submit the last two fiscal year-ending Financial Reviews OR unaudited fiscal-year ending financials (Balance Sheet & Statement of Activities)
  • Most recent fiscal quarter financial report (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities)
  • Agency 990, 990EZ, or 990N (most recently completed)
  • Current list of Agency Board of Directors

Grant requirements for agencies awarded funding

The following items will be provided to all agencies invited to complete an RFP

  • Signed Grant Agreement
  • Counterterrorism Compliance Form
  • Policy on Protecting Children (if the agency serves children)

Outcomes Measurement:
Health Improvement Fund programs providing direct client services will be required to collect data that measure common outcomes and indicators with tools provided by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

All funded programs are required to report demographic information for all of the clients completing programming (including those that did not take the post-test.)

  • Age Groups: 0 thru 3, 4 thru 5, 6 thru 11, 12 thru 17, 18 thru 24, 25 thru 34, 35 thru 44, 45 thru 54, 55 thru 64, 65 thru 74, 75 thru 84, 85 thru 94, 95 and over
  • Gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Non-binary/Genderfluid/Prefer to self-describe, Prefer not to say
  • Household Income: $0 to $9,999, $10,000 to 14,999, $15,000 to $24,999, $25,000 to 36,999,  $37,000 to $49,999, $50,000 to $74,999, $75,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available)
  • Racial Background: African American/Black, Asian, Caucasian/White, Middle Eastern, Multi-racial, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Other
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino, Non-Hispanic/Latino
  • Veteran Status (Do you now or have you ever served in the Armed Forces?)
  • Zip Code of Residence


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