Peer Support Matching for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Funding Application Survey

Key for Acquisition Type (alpha order):

RFA = Request for Application
RFB = Request for Bid
RFI = Request for Information
RFP = Request for Proposal

Solicitation Due Date/Time

August 15, 2022, 11:45 pm

Anticipated Annual Award Amount: Up to $150,000 per year, up to 3 years.

Funded agencies will recruit, train, and match experience caregivers to provider peer-to-peer support to other parents or caregivers.  

Grant funding is expressly dependent upon the availability of funds to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Title V Maternal and Child Health Grant. Applicants will be awarded based on available funding, capacity, and ability to meet application criteria. This project begins January 1, 2023 and ends December 31, 2025. Each contract will have a duration of one calendar year with the possibility of annual renewal for the duration of the project period, contingent on funding availability and performance. Should additional funding become available, award amounts may be altered.

Minimum Expectations

Organizations receiving this award will be expected, at a minimum, to perform the following activities:

  • Conduct targeted outreach to recruit parents, guardians, or other caregivers with lived experience who will offer emotional support and information to other caregivers, matched based on shared needs or experiences  
  • Provide evidence-based or evidence-informed training to recruited parents, guardians, or other caregivers to prepare them to provide appropriate support to their matched peers, including training on trauma-informed care 
  • Provide support to recruited peer mentors, aligned with the guidance and endorsed practices of Parent to Parent USA 
  • Maintain an organized system or database of peer mentors for matching trained mentors with other parents, guardians, or other caregivers seeking support, to ensure appropriate matching based on needs preferences, considering such factors as culture, race, language, socioeconomic status and program eligibility, disability and other child/family factors 
  • Promote the matching program and provide targeted outreach to parents, guardians, and other caregivers who could benefit from peer support navigating diagnoses and systems of care 
  • Prioritize equity and actively incorporate community voice into program planning and services

If you have other questions about this application, you can email the Maternal and Child Health Program staff at

Learn more about Title V

Funded projects will help advance the Title V Program’s priorities, and selected applicants will work with the Title V Program to develop an approved budget, budget narrative, and a comprehensive work plan that outlines specific project deliverables. 

Life Cycle Step

Current Solicitations

Start Date

June 17, 2022, 2:30 pm

Expiration Date

August 15, 2022, 11:45 pm

Status Date

June 17, 2022, 2:30 pm

Acquisition Grant Type

Last Revised: July 29, 2022