Donate Life Wisconsin Grants

Donate Life Wisconsin (DLW) will award grants during 2020 to support projects that encourage organ and tissue donation by:

  • Providing educational programs; or

  • Promoting or advancing research; or

  • Providing patient and/or donor family services

Eligible organizations include organ and tissue procurement organizations and organ, tissue, and eye donation organizations providing service or intending to provide services in Wisconsin. In addition, eligible organizations must be exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must be able to provide audited financial statements on the use of DLW grant funds awarded.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit the following Letter of Intent (LOI) application to apply for DLW’s 2020 Grant Program. The application must be completed and submitted using the form below. No paper or emailed applications will be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions available below.

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Letter of Intent Application – Submissions Closed for 2020


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DLW grants program?

DLW is authorized to provide funds to organizations to promote the donation of organs and tissue, to promote organ and tissue transplant research, and to advance patient services involving organ and tissue transplants in Wisconsin.

Who can apply for a DLW grant?

To be eligible to receive a DLW grant, an organization must be:

  • An organ and tissue procurement and donation organization
  • Providing service, or planning to provide service, in Wisconsin
  • Exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that will use the funds with the purpose of encouraging organ and tissue donation

What is an organ and tissue procurement and donation organization?

Eligible grantees include:

  • Procurement organizations as defined in Wis. Stat. sec 157.06(2)(p) (an eye bank, organ procurement organization, or tissue bank)
  • Transplant centers
  • Specific-purpose donation organizations, e.g., National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, American Liver Foundation Upper Midwest Division
  • Other non-profit organizations, including hospitals, that promote organ, tissue, and eye donation education and registration on Wisconsin’s donor registry, or support donor families

May organizations collaborate on a proposed project?

Organizations proposing to collaborate on a project must include at least one organization that meets all eligibility criteria. That organization will be considered the primary or lead organization, sign grant agreement, and serve as fiscal agent.

Can an organization that provides services in states other than Wisconsin be eligible?

If an organization performs its programs in states in addition to Wisconsin, the Grantee must limit any funding that it receives from DLW to its Wisconsin activities.

Can an individual apply for a DLW grant to encourage organ and tissue donation?

Individuals are not eligible to receive grants.

What are examples of permitted uses for grant funds?

The following are permitted uses of grants funds:

  • Expenses as defined and approved in the Grants Program Request for Proposal
  • Expenses occurring during duration of grant period, e.g., wages, supplies, leased equipment
  • Marketing, e.g., consultants, market research, communications, events

What are examples of uses for grant funds that are not permitted?

The following uses of grant funds are not permitted:

  • Organizational operating expenses: building lease, capital, debt, supplies, salaries
  • Expenses that are reimbursable through other funding sources including private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
  • Personal expenses, e.g., living expenses, funeral expenses, travel other than for the project
  • Political, religious, legal, or discriminatory activities
  • Lobbying
  • Endowments

How can an organization apply for a DLW grant?

Eligible organizations are invited to complete and submit to the LOI form on this page by March 10, 2020, 5:00 pm CST.

What are the largest and smallest amounts that my organization may request?

DLW intends to award $100,000 in grant funding in 2020. An individual organization may receive up to $50,000 for the grant period. The amount of funding to be awarded is dependent on review of the program and project proposal.

What are the reporting requirements?

The Grantee will be required to keep a record of all receipts and expenditures relating to the grant and to provide DLW with a written report describing progress, outcomes, learnings, and status of objectives following the end of the period during which grant funds will be used. Depending on the nature and scope of the project, DLW may also require periodic interim status and progress reports.

Additionally, a Grantee must submit an audited financial statement of its use of the payments under the grants program, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

What is the timeline?

The estimated timeline for the 2020 grant awards is as follows:

  • Jan 31 – DLW grants announced
  • Mar 10 – Letters of Intent due
  • Mar 30 – Invitation to develop full grant proposal to organizations meeting initial criteria
  • May 15 – RFP due
  • Jun 30 – Review Complete
  • Jul/Aug – Awards issued