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Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Grants

Grant Overview and Purpose of the Funding

A new competitive grant program has been established for peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs for Wisconsin high schools.  With a focus on training Wisconsin students to recognize the signs of suicide shown by fellow students, peer-to-peer programs use messages of hope, health, and strength to develop peer leaders and resources for students who may be struggling.  Peer-to-peer training ensures that the people students are most likely to turn to in troubling times, their friends and classmates, have the knowledge and tools needed to recognize warning signs of suicide and depression, and be able to help their friends.

Any tribal, private, or public school at which pupils attend high school grades are eligible for this grant, and recipients of a grant under this program may use the grant funds to support an existing peer−to−peer suicide prevention program, or to implement a peer−to−peer suicide prevention program. Grantees are highly encouraged to implement an evidenced based program (such as Hope Squad or Sources of Strength).

In awarding grants under this program, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will give preference to applications for a grant to implement a peer−to−peer suicide prevention program based on the educational value of the project and an equitable statewide geographic distribution of funds. The amount of each individual grant award may not exceed $1,000.

Application Due Date Has Been Extended to October 15, 2020.

Additional Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) CARES Act funds may be available for grantees using evidence-based programs.

Authorizing Statute

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2019 Act 83, Statute 115.366 - Directs the DPI to establish a competitive grant program for the purpose of supporting peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs in high schools operated by private, public and tribal schools in Wisconsin.

PI-38 Subchapter I and II

Requirements at a Glance

Eligible Applicants

High Schools operated by: private, public and tribal schools throughout Wisconsin.

Due date of application

11:59 p.m. October 15, 2020

Award amount(s)

$1,000 or less

Competition Timeline

Date Task

August 18, 2020

Application materials for the Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Grants are made available on the grant’s website.

October 15, 2020

Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Grant applications are due to the DPI.

Fall, 2020

Grant funding notifications announced.

June 01, 2021

Completion of projects and End of Year (EOY) Reports submitted to the DPI.

June 30, 2021

End of the State Fiscal Year (SFY). Final Claim submitted to the DPI.

Grant Materials 

Please Note: Access to the online application is specific to the device used to complete the application. Your work will automatically be saved and you can exit the application and return later provided you are using the same device each time. Additional general instructions can be found in the grant overview document.

For questions about this information, contact Brian Dean (608) 266-9677