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Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB) Program

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Increase
Access to Early Intervention Services for Infants with Hearing Impairment

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH)

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Deadline Date:

09/17/21 5:00 PM CDT


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, universities, and health and human service departments to increase access to early intervention services for infants with hearing impairment. Eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate the capacity to implement early intervention strategies that support the mental health and well-being of a family after the identification of a child who is d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

The Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB) Program aims to work with the State of Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program to improve access to deafness-specific Early Intervention and language acquisition services so that 80% of those infants identified as deaf or hard of hearing by 3 months of age will have a documented Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) by 6 months of age.

Goals include:

  • Increased enrollment of families with infants who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing in early intervention services.
  • Increased competence and confidence related to parenting and supporting the social emotional development of their child who is d/Deaf or hard of hearing as reported by families.
  • Increased competence and confidence related to supporting the social emotional development of children who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing as reported by county Birth to 3 Programs.
  • Positive measures of family well-being and engagement.

Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate

  1. The ability to provide direct support in linguistically and culturally responsive ways to marginalized communities and engage in program development through an equity lens. Demonstrated capacity in American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish and/or knowledge of indigenous ways will be given extra consideration.
  2. Understanding of current WSB program infrastructure specifically related to early intervention, parent to parent support and d/Deaf and hard of hearing role model support for providers and families. 
  3. Existing relationships with agencies that provide support to families of young d/Deaf and hard of hearing children in order to leverage and support existing infrastructure without duplication. 
  4. Agencies who have staff already on board with training, certification or accreditation specific to infant, family and early childhood mental health, early intervention specific to families of children who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

For information about program requirements, see pages 5-6 of the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

For allowable costs, see page 15 of the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197861

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget amount may not exceed $77,250.

Term of Contract:

This application is for the period from October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. The initial periods are for a partial year. Please see below for the funding schedule.
Expected four-year grant period:
- Period 1 (FY21): October 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 (initial award)
- Period 2 (FY22): July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 (contract renewal)
- Period 3 (FY23): January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023 (contract renewal)
- Period 4 (FY24): January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024 (contract renewal)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that may apply for funding must be based in Wisconsin and may include governmental entities, universities, local health or human services departments, other public entities and organizations, and 501(c)(3) organizations including but not limited to community-based organizations and faith-based organizations.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate their capacity to provide and coordinate strategies that advance the initiatives of this application. This may include demonstrating knowledge, experience and expertise in the following: trauma informed care, infant mental health, building collaborative relationships, experience working with marginalized communities, and experience with deafness specific early intervention training and strategies that include program development, social emotional development and mental health assessment, coaching and teaming with providers and families of children under the age of 3. For a detailed list of what applicants must demonstrate in order to be considered for funding, please see pages 4-5 of the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

Unallowable Costs:
- Construction
- Development of major software applications
- Fundraising
- Hotline crisis line
- Lease of passenger vehicles
- Lobbying - for more information please see guidance on lobbying for CDC recipients
- Media or awareness campaigns that exclusively promote awareness of where to receive victim services
- Reimbursement of pre-award costs
- Renovation
- Research

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Question Virtual Sessions

- September 1 10:00 a.m. CDT

Please use this link to attend:
Optional call in number: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 867 3292 9911

- September 1 1:00 p.m. CDT

Please use this link to attend:
Optional call in number: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 864 6681 8322

Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Question Virtual Session: September 1, 2021 10:00 a.m. CDT and 1:00 p.m. CDT (Please submit questions via email by August 23, 2021).
- Application due date: September 17, 5:00 p.m. CDT
- Anticipated project award date: October 1, 2021

Applicants will be notified by email of the funding decision for their application estimated to be no later than close of business September 27th, 2021.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be emailed to Taylor Thompson at

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