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Nursing Home Grant Program: Guidelines and Application Information

This page has resources about the use of federal Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funds. These resources can help eligible entities:

  • Learn about the program.
  • Learn how nursing homes can apply for program funding for in-person and outdoor visitation aids.
  • Learn how to apply for the CMP funds.

About CMP Funds

A CMP is a monetary penalty that CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) may impose against nursing homes. A portion of the money is returned to the states. These state CMP funds may be reinvested to support activities that benefit nursing home residents. The civil money penalty reinvestment program aims to improve quality of life and quality of care by equipping nursing home staff, administrators, and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care.

Learn more about the CMP application process.

If you have questions, email

CMS authorizes federally certified nursing homes to use CMP funds for in-person visitation aids. These funds can be used to buy fans and air cleaners to improve room air quality during in-person visits.

Nursing homes are considered federally certified if they participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Assisted living facilities aren't eligible for in-person visitation aid CMP funds.

Eligible nursing homes can use in-person visitation aid CMP funds to buy:

  • Clear dividers (e.g., plexiglass or something similar) to create a physical barrier that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Indoor portable fans with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters (H-13 or H-14).
  • Indoor portable room air cleaners.
  • Tents or other shelters for outdoor visits (these can be purchased or rented).

CMS has received questions about using heaters in outdoor tents. CMS Baltimore gave the following statement: "We (CMS) have not issued any specific instructions regarding the use of patio propane heaters, that when installing outdoor structures for visitation, facilities need to ensure appropriate life safety code and health care facilities code requirements found at 42 CFR 483.90 are met. This would also include that any State and local requirements are met." Read more about using heaters in outdoor tents.

Note: You cannot use CMP funds to buy replacement HEPA filters.

Nursing homes may use up to $3,000 per facility for tents or other shelter for outdoor visitation and/or clear dividers, with shipping costs included. Nursing homes may also request an additional allowance of up to $3,000 per facility for indoor portable fans and/or indoor portable air cleaners.

Eligible nursing homes can submit completed grant applications to Make sure each application lists the type of equipment, including the brand and model. If you apply on the standard CMP application template, you'll be asked to resubmit your application using the correct template.

CMS will review applications to make sure requests are within the parameters of the grant program. Nursing homes whose applications are approved will receive a letter from DQA with instructions on how to be reimbursed.

These guidelines are for the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program.

Funds may be granted to any entity for approved CMP projects to protect or improve the quality of life or quality of care for residents in federally certified nursing homes.

Examples of eligible organizations may include consumer advocacy organizations, resident or family councils, state agencies, and academic institutions. More information on who may apply for the use of CMP funds can be found in the frequently asked questions guide included in the "CMP Reinvestment Application Resources" zip folder.

If your nursing home receives CMP funds, you must let other eligible Wisconsin nursing homes replicate your quality of care and quality of life efforts for residents.

CMS accepts proposals designed to benefit nursing home residents. Applicants will need to identify their project category in the application form. Categories include:

  • Consumer Information
  • Resident or Family Council
  • Direct Improvements to Quality of Care
  • Culture Change/Direct Improvements to Quality of Life
  • Training
  • Other (must specify)

The CMP Reinvestment Application Resource Guide has more information about the category definitions. The application resource guide is included in the "CMP Reinvestment Application Resources" zip folder.

More information

To learn more about the grant program, read:

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

Last revised March 21, 2023