A new COVID-19 Response funding opportunity from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will provide up to $1.6 million to support effective and innovative approaches to addressing the social and emotional health of adolescents (ages 10 -21 years).
Goal of grant program
The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social and emotional health of people within our communities is undeniable. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the social and emotional health effects of the pandemic as they navigate school closures and the postponement of social activities, illness or death of loved ones, stress due to the multitude of other pandemic impacts. Before the pandemic, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reported that 50 percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. According to recent research, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health is anticipated to be significant and may affect populations disproportionately, with adolescents as a particularly vulnerable category.
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Senior program officer
View our grant resources for helpful materials and links.To address this challenge, the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) of the Wisconsin Partnership Program will allocate $1.6 million to support effective and innovative approaches to addressing social and emotional health of adolescents.
The COVID-19 Response Focus on Social and Emotional Health Grant Program will fund activities including, but not limited to, the following:
- connecting adolescents to resources that build resilience and self-efficacy, provide connection and social support
- increasing social and emotional health workforce diversification and capacity
- testing and/or scaling of effective models (including models that address screening and access to sustainable funding)
- training for social/emotional health providers to acquire innovative therapeutic approaches
- training for parents and caregivers that provide skills to support the needs of their families
Funding scope and duration
Each COVID-19 Response Focus on Social and Emotional Health Grant Program award will be for a maximum of $200,000 for up to two years. A maximum of 8 awards will be granted.
Geographic area will be taken into account in the final award decision process to ensure as broad a reach as possible of meritorious awards.
Eligible community lead organizations must be a Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, IRS tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, pre-K-12 school or district, or a tribal or local government entity. Priority will be given to those organizations that can illustrate a track-record of successfully supporting the adolescent population and that have already established trust-based relationships.
Wisconsin Partnership Program staff and content experts, including an adolescent advisory board, will evaluate each submission to check for eligibility and fit with the intent of this award program.