DFMCH Community Health Micro Grant Program

The DFMCH Community Health Micro Grant Program is designed to provide support to faculty, residents, fellows and staff for community-engaged projects in the communities they serve. Grants are awarded quarterly for amounts from $500-2,000.

Submission Information:
Applications are due quarterly by August 31, November 30, February 28, and May 31. All complete applications received since the previous due date will be reviewed at that time. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 1 month of the application due date. Submit your completed application form to Ann Schensky ann.schensky@fammed.wisc.edu as an email attachment.  Contact Ann Schensky with questions or for help with this application.

Use of Funds
Appropriate requests for funding often fall in the following categories, but many other uses may be considered. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.



Patient and Community Input

Food for a community meeting to discuss a new initiative
Gift cards for focus group participants


Health literacy expert review and make recommendations for materials
Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies
Facilitator fees for a training or meeting

Supplies to support community health activities

Seeds for community garden
Yoga mats for classes at clinic
Ingredients for a cooking class

Promotional materials

Promotional materials to support participation or completion of a program or initiative

Health promotion and education activities focused on specific populations

Produce educational video
Educational materials

What these funds are not intended for: expenses related to ongoing clinical services, expenses related to work that is already housed by another cost center, program or entity, projects whose primary purpose is research, salary support, sponsoring tables or fundraising activities, food for meetings whose primary purpose is ongoing clinical/administrative operations, or any purchase that does not comply with UW/UW Health finance policies.

Eligibility: All faculty, staff, residents, and fellows are eligible applicants.  However an applicant is ineligible while they have a funded application open from a previous cycle. Funding priority will be given to those who have not been funded in the past 2 years.

Proposal Review:
The Co-Directors of the Office of Community Health (Robin Lankton and Kirsten Rindfleisch) serve as the Community Health Micro Grants Committee. On a quarterly basis the grant committee reviews applications, assesses scores, and makes a final funding determination. The grant committee will provide a brief narrative of their assessment of the application. Reviewers will score applications on alignment with Office of Community Health priorities, degree of community-engagement/partnership, and potential for positive impact (for each category: 5 = excellent, 0 = do not fund).  

Reporting Requirements: For selected projects, a final report is required to describe how the funds were used, outcomes and possible future steps.