​​​​​​The Prevention Board annually awards over $2M in grants to organizations for primary prevention programs and strategies that reduce the liklihood of child abuse and neglect. The Prevention Board must ensure that grants are distributed throughout all geographic areas of the state and in both urban and rural communities. To fulfill its statutory requirements, a plan must be developed for awarding grants and providing technical assistance to organizations (Wis. Stats. §48.982). 

Twenty percent of the Prevention Board’s funding is from the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services​.

Com​​​petitve Grant Making Process

The Prevention Board issues requests for proposals (RFP) to guide​ its competitive grant making. RFPs are posted on the website and announcements are sent to those who have signed up to receive funding announcements​. The Prevention Board can also issue request for applications (RFA). Any exceptions to the review process will be noted on RFAs.

All grant applications undergo this multi-​​​step review:

  • Independent Review Team conducts a technical review verifying eligibility and compliance with proposal requirements
  • Independent Review Team meets to finalize scores and forwards funding recommendations to the Prevention Board 
  • Prevention Board approves the letters of intent and directs staff to start negoitations for contract deliverables

The Prevention Board adheres to statutory, budgetary and policy requirements.

Grantee Map click he​re.

Summary of Previous Prevention Bo​​​ard Grant Awards

  • Community Response Program: Competitive fun​ding was available for Family Resource Centers or other community-based agencies to implement the Community Response Program. $125,000 grants were awarded annually for three grant cycles. Grantees included:​
    • Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin (implemented in Langlade, Lincoln, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Rock and Vilas Counties)
    • Green Lake County Department of Health and Human Services (implemented in Adams, Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties)
    • Lakeshore Community Action (implemented in Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties)
    • Northwest Connection Family Resources (implemented in Sawyer and Washburn Counties)
    • The Parenting Place (implemented in La Crosse and Monroe Counties)
  • Abusive H​ead Trauma Prevention: Competitive funding was available for hospitals, health systems and community-based agencies to implement the Period of PURPLE Crying ®.  $50,000 grants were awarded annually for two grant cycles. ​Grantees​ included:
    • UW Health/American Family Children’s Hospital​
    • Children’s Hospital & Health System
    • Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley
    • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation​

  • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Competitive funding was ava​ilable to a community-based agency to implement child sexual abuse prevention strategies for organizations that work with children and families and coordinate Stewards of Children®. $200,000 was awarded annually for three grant cycles. 
    • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Com​​munity Services​

  • Evidence-based and -informed Parent Education: Competitive funding was available for Family Resource Centers and other community-based agencies to implement at least one level of Triple P a​​nd select a second parent education program. $150,000 was available to each agency annually for up to three grant cycles. Grantees included:
    • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (implemented in Milwaukee, Racine and Walworth Counties)
    • Kenosha County Division of Children & Family Services (implemented in Kenosha County)
    • The Parenting Network (implemented in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties)
    • The Parenting Place (implemented in La Crosse, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties)​