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WIC Community Innovation and Outreach Grants

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Food Research & Action Center, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, Native American Agriculture Fund, UnidosUS
Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 9, 2023
Application: Mar 23, 2023

Sally Mancini


WIC Community Innovation and Outreach (CIAO) Grants will provide funding to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative outreach strategies to increase WIC awareness, participation, redemption of benefits, and reduce disparities in program delivery.

Successful projects will:

  • Include applicants that serve and/or are from historically and currently marginalized populations with disparities in access to WIC and other maternal and child health resources
  • Propose outreach strategies that are innovative. Include at least one innovative outreach strategy from a minimum of one identified priority area:
    • Expand Partnerships: strengthen existing and/or establish new partnerships to connect underserved populations with WIC benefits and services
    • Conduct Outreach Using Community-level Data: conduct outreach based on community level data that will increase WIC awareness, participation, redemption of benefits, and reduce disparities in program delivery
  • Can be sustained beyond the period of funding and technical assistance
  • Result in best practices that are transparent so that successful activities can be scaled or easily adapted to other organizations and/or WIC agencies of varying sizes and resources, and that are dealing with different local context and priority populations

Eligible applicants include WIC agencies and nonprofit entities.

Examples of eligible applicants include:

  • Tribal organizations
  • Community health centers
  • Hospitals
  • Public housing sites
  • Indian health service facilities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Cooperative extension services
  • Migrant health centers and camps
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Nonprofit advocacy organizations and coalitions
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $1,000,000
Award floor: $100,000
Project period: 18 months
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Applicants are highly encouraged, but not required, to submit an online letter of intent by February 9, 2023.

Applicant webinars:
(Registration required)

Tagged as
Benefit enrollment and application · Children and youth · Evaluation methods and resources · Families · Food security and nutrition · Health disparities · Poverty · Women

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