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Grants to Wisconsin Tribes to Improve Health Infrastructure and
Equity for Tribal Communities During the Coronavirus Crisis

Supporting Native Nations Communities in Prevention and Recovery from COVID-19 and Beyond

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)

Conf. Date:

04/04/22

Deadline Date:

05/15/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin tribes to provide support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to assist with activities that address health disparities and improve the community health infrastructure for tribal communities within the state. Funds may be used by each indigenous nation, as well as by a specified tribal health center and tribal council, to self-direct their recovery from the effects of the pandemic, enhance communication within the tribe, improve tribal infrastructure for future emergency response, and create partnerships in business, transportation, housing, and other areas.

Supporting Native Nations Communities in Prevention and Recovery from COVID-19 and Beyond:

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted health inequities across the nation and in Wisconsin. Data shows that Wisconsin’s Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have been disproportionality affected. Health is influenced by structural racism and social factors that have created barriers and obstacles for many people.

Utilizing this data and acknowledging each Native nation’s “efficiency in delivering core public health services and community-oriented outlook”, this grant will support the strength and resilience of each nation, their community health, and their collaborative efforts by distributing funding as each nation determines their own recovery and future preparedness needs. This grant will promote multi-directional, transparent, and sustained communication between the 11 federally-recognized Native nations located in Wisconsin, the Gerald L. Ignace Health Center, the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Tribal Affairs’ Office and Division of Public Health.

The goals of the grant include supporting new, existing and expanding partnerships and collaboration that address the community health infrastructure, advance health equity, and address the social determinants of health as these relate to COVID-19 and other health disparities as experienced by Indigenous communities in Wisconsin. 

The funding from this grant will assist each federally-recognized Native nation in Wisconsin, the Gerald L. Ignace Health Center, and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council to: 

  • Self-determine and self-direct the restoration and recovery of their communities from the effects of COVID-19; 
  • Create or sustain partnerships with traditional and non-traditional key partners in business, transportation, housing and so forth; 
  • Engage community leaders and advisory groups and enhance culturally-appropriate communication with their own trusted messengers; and 
  • Enhance tribal infrastructure and capacity that can effectively respond to and prevent communicable disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. 

A key focus for this funding opportunity will be in projects that strive to improve the social determinants of health and the advancement of health equity affecting Indigenous people living in Wisconsin. Most importantly, the potential use of this grant funding will allow each Native nation and agency to tailor it to their most pressing needs while sustaining and enhancing communication between these agencies and Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health. 

Examples of potential investments of this funding include: 

  • Expanding use of community health workers and centers
  • Linking patients to existing resources
  • Assuring food and housing security 
  • Working towards equitable access to clean water, air, land (environmental justice)
  • Building capacity for public health emergency preparedness, COVID-19 and other disease outbreak response 
  • Increasing broadband access
  • Expanding community health services
  • Improving transportation options to increase accessibility
  • Increasing community-accessible spaces for physical, mental, and spiritual activities and practices 

For Examples of Allowable Expenses, see p. 3 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199682

Number of Grants:

There are currently three Tribal entities that are eligible for this base amount award. There are ten current grantees that are eligible to apply for Funding Period 2 supplemental awards to be equitably distributed among approved grantees.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- DHS intends to issue base awards in the amount of $85,000 each.
- Supplemental funds will be available to the ten current grantees needing more support. The supplemental funding range is currently $56,510 - $82,010.

Term of Contract:

Original Contract Start: January 5, 2022

Funding Period 2 for both new and current grantees will start June 1, 2022, and end May 31, 2023. Awardees have until May 31, 2023 to spend expenses.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be based in Wisconsin, conduct their proposed work in Wisconsin, and be one of the following:
• A federally-recognized Native nation in Wisconsin
• Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
• Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council

For Examples of Unallowable Expenses, see p. 3 of the RFA listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Session: April 4, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Original Rollout November 10, 2021
- Information Session April 4, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- Application Due May 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.
- Original Contract Start January 5, 2022
- Contract End May 31, 2023
- Funding Period 1 June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
- Funding Period 2 June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023

- The base amount of $85,000 will be available to all newly eligible entities who submit a completed and approved application form with project details and proposed budget. This will be a non-competitive award process. The contract period will end May 31, 2023.
- Supplemental funds will be available to the ten current grantees needing more support. Those interested should submit a budget and justification for supplemental funds by May 15, 2022. The contract period will end May 31, 2023.
- Any unused monies from each of the original ten grantees will be re-obligated to each grantee upon submission of a carry-over budget and justification after May 31, 2022 (end of Funding Period 1).
- Funding Period 2 for both new and current grantees will start June 1, 2022, and end May 31, 2023.

Funding will be disbursed via reimbursement.

Public Notice: https://publicnotices.wisconsin.gov/NoticeView.asp?lnid=1536285

Contact Information:

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

Please submit the application and budget with project details to: charlottea.ahrens@dhs.wisconsin.gov

For more information and questions, please contact Charlotte Ahrens at (715)365-2723 or at the above email.

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