The health system members of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) (Ascension Wisconsin, 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, prioritizing organizations with a strong racial and health equity focus:
MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT: Improve access to mental health treatment services for adults and youth, including expanded availability and accessibility of inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and restorative services.
HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE: Support programming/initiatives that work to source, develop, support, or sustain the health care workforce prioritizing opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to work in health care.
Special consideration will be made for organizations applying for funding who are actively participating in Milwaukee Health Care Partnership sponsored or supported initiatives.
- 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 MHCP Health Improvement Fund Letter of Intent is now closed.
Questions? Please use the form at the bottom of this page.
- February 22, 2023- Letter of Intent application is open for submission
- March 8, 2023 - Letter of Intent due by 4:30pm
- March 31, 2023 – Agencies are 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 19, 2023 - RFP and all attachments due by 4:30pm
- July 3, 2023 - Project funding year starts and agency executives are notified of award status
Dates previously 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.
Agencies invited to complete a full RFP may request up to a maximum of $50,000. Award amounts typically average between $25,000 and $35,000.
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
- Signed Grant Agreement*
- Policy on Protecting Children (if the agency serves children)*
*Documents will be provided to agencies chosen to complete the RFP.
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 $34,999, $35,000 to $44,999, $45,000 to $54,999, $55,000 to $64,999, $65,000 to $74,999, $75,000 to $84,999, $85,000 to $89,999, $90,000 or more, Free and reduced lunch (if income data is not available)
- Racial Background & Ethnicity: African American/Black (not Hispanic or Latino), Asian (not Hispanic or Latino), Caucasian/White (not Hispanic or Latino), Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern (not Hispanic or Latino), Native American (not Hispanic or Latino), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino), Multi-racial, Other
- Veteran Status (Do you now or have you ever served in the Armed Forces?)
- Zip Code of Residence