Nursing Home Grant Program: Guidelines and Application Information

CMP In-Person Visitation Funds Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized the use of federal Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Reinvestment funds so federally certified nursing homes may purchase portable fans and portable room air cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA, H-13 or -14) filters to increase or improve air quality. A maximum use of $3,000 per facility including shipping costs may be requested. This is in addition to the $3,000 that facilities may request for in-person visitation aids such as tents or other shelters and clear dividers. This opportunity is for facilities certified to participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Assisted Living Facilities are not eligible for this program.

CMS has authorized the use of CMP funds to purchase any of the following for the purposes of in-person visitation:

  • tents or other shelter for outdoor visitation (purchase and/or rental) (see CMS's statement regarding the use of heaters in outdoor tents);
  • clear dividers (e.g., Plexiglas or similar product) to create a physical barrier to reduce the risk of transmission during in-person visits;
  • indoor portable fans; and/or
  • indoor portable air cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA, H-13 or -14) filters. (Note: CMP funds are not available for replacement filters.)

Federally certified nursing homes interested in participating in the grant program are asked to submit a competed application to: Each application must list the type of equipment including the brand and model.

Applications will be reviewed to verify requests for equipment are within parameters established by CMS. Facilities will receive an approval letter from DQA with instructions on how to submit the required documentation to receive reimbursement.

Please direct questions to:

General Guidelines

  • Applicants interested in requesting funds for in-person visitation aids must use the COVID-19 In-Person Visitation Aid Application Template described above. If your application is for in-person visitation aids but is on the standard CMP application template, you will be asked to resubmit using the correct template.
  • Project proposals should be submitted by completing the CMP Reinvestment Application Template (PDF) and CMP Reinvestment Application Budget Template (XLSX) found in the CMP Reinvestment Application Resources (Application Template and Resource Guide) (ZIP). The CMP Reinvestment Application Resources includes a Resource Guide for your information and use.
  • Proposals are accepted during the following time periods: January 1 thru April 30 and July 1 thru October 31. Form F-00176 includes information regarding the review process.
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee reviews Project proposals during meetings in May/June and November/December.
  • Submit the completed CMP Reinvestment Application Template (PDF) and CMP Reinvestment Application Budget Template (XLSX) electronically to In the subject line enter, Attn: Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee.


Must be an organization involved in the promotion of quality of care with licensed Wisconsin nursing homes. Civil money penalty funds cannot be used to support initiatives in other health care settings.


Must allow for statewide replication of current and sound evidence-based practices that promote quality of care and quality of life of residents in Wisconsin nursing homes.

Project Proposal Categories

Only proposals related to responding to COVID-19 in nursing homes will be accepted at this time.

Additional Information

Last Revised: February 21, 2022

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.