2022 Impact Grants Program

Donate Life Wisconsin is committed to creating a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility. Through education and advocacy, Donate Life Wisconsin inspires people to register as donors.

To further this mission, Donate Life Wisconsin annually makes funds available to qualifying nonprofit organizations through its Impact Grants program.

Funding is made possible from the proceeds received through the purchase of Donate Life license plates and the $2 donation opportunity at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Donate Life Wisconsin is providing impact grant funding for five projects in 2022. CONGRATULATIONS to these organizations:


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 an impact grant?

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Procurement organizations
  • Transplant centers
  • Specific purpose donation organizations
  • Non-profit organizations that promote organ, tissue and eye donation education, registration on Wisconsin’s donor registry, or support donor families

Organizations must be exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code and be able to provide proof of charitable status in Wisconsin (if applicable).

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, Community Liver Alliance
  • 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. This organization will be considered the primary (lead) organization . The lead organization will sign the Grant Agreement, serve as the fiscal agent and assume responsibility to meet all reporting requirements.

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 expenses not permitted?

Funding will not be provided for:

  • Annual organizational expenses e.g., lease, capital, debt, supplies, salaries
  • Expenses billed to/reimbursed from federal or other entities e.g., CMS
  • Personal expenses, e.g., cost of living, funeral, fines, damages
  • Political, religious, legal or discriminatory activities
  • Financial gifts, e.g., scholarships, endowments, aid
  • Entertainment, alcoholic beverages or travel

What components should be included in proposals?

Proposals should include the following:

  • Type of the project, e.g., education, research, patient/donor family services
  • Amount of funds requested; detailed budgets will be required in full proposals
  • Project description, including role of collaborating partners (if applicable)
  • Description of how the project will impact on organ, tissue and/or eye donation in Wisconsin
  • Need, issue or specific demographic project will address
  • Project outcomes with defined success measures
  • Sustainability of project after funding period (if applicable)
  • Potential of the project to be replicated (if applicable)

NOTE:  All project activities must be conducted in Wisconsin.

How can an organization apply for a DLW grant?

Eligible organizations complete and submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by the deadline.  Organizations may be invited to submit a full proposal after review.

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

In 2022, funded projects range from $3,000 to $55,000. Each year, Donate Life Wisconsin establishes the budget parameters for the Impact Grants program.

What are the reporting requirements?

The Grantee will submit monthly updates, a project mid-point report and a final report. Grantees are required to keep a record of all receipts and expenditures relating to the grant. These reports will describe progress, outcomes, learnings.

Additionally, Grantees must submit an audited financial statement detailing the use of the grant funds. Statements should be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

What is the timeline?

The 2023 Impact Grant process includes the following sequence of events:

  • Impact grants announced and online Letters of Intent accepted
  • Grants Sub-committee reviews Letters of Intent
  • Eligible applicant organizations invited to develop full grant proposals (RFP)
  • Organizations complete and submit RFPs
  • Grants Sub-committee reviews RFPs and recommends Finalists
  • Finalists provide project overview to DLW Board of Directors
  • DLW Board selects (votes) projects to be funded in 2023
  • Grants orientation session held for grant project leads
  • Grant projects begin in Q1 2023