Donor Alliance Foundation: 2023 Request for Proposals & Grant Priorities

HomeDonor Alliance Foundation: 2023 Request for Proposals & Grant Priorities

Grant Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, August 4, 2023

The Donor Alliance Foundation (The Foundation) was created to extend the mission of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, by building partnerships and breaking down barriers to influence change to positively affect the donation and transplant community. The Foundation believes that organ and tissue donation and transplantation are human gifts that save lives and that all those affected by donation deserve to be acknowledged, supported and given access to resources that enable the gift of life.

2023 Criteria Overview

The Foundation funds efforts in Colorado and Wyoming that provide access to resources and education for those affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We also support living donors and their families. To do this, we provide funding in three areas: Education, Family Assistance and Research (social and scientific), for a total of $200,000 in available grants.

The Donor Alliance Foundation will continue its focus on community impact, by addressing system barriers that prohibit people from receiving an organ and/or tissue transplant. We will do this by providing equitable and equal access to donation and transplantation resources through funding in three program areas: education, family assistance and research.

We want to understand how your project will meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Does it demonstrate how it will address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in its scope? It is The Foundation’s goal for everyone in Colorado and Wyoming to have equal and equitable access to donation and transplantation resources that enable the gift of life.

To do this, we plan to:

  • Provide access to donation and transplantation resources for underinsured, vulnerable, and socio-economically disadvantaged populations and those living in rural areas of Colorado and Wyoming who are eligible for transplant or already on the transplant list
  • Further seeking projects that consider diversity, equity and inclusion as a key audience and are able to demonstrate equity in their programming
  • Look for applicants that are or planning to provide education or assistance to reach their audiences in new and innovative ways
  • Remain nimble regarding changes or shifts needed to accomplish grantee goals or priorities
  • Continued focus on organ research and projects related to gathering data to provide better outcomes for transplant patients, long term

Qualifying organizations can apply to receive funding to:

  • Provide family assistance to patients waiting for a transplant or who are post-transplant and their families, as well as living donors
  • Assist service providers helping with transportation, food, housing, gas and other related expenses for families in need pre-, post- and during transplant
  • Provide grief assistance and compassion support for donor families
  • Offer new and innovative approaches to education about donation and transplantation through hospitals, governmental agencies, foundations and related nonprofit community health-serving organizations, given reduced social interaction
  • Conduct clinical and social research to further the donation and transplantation field

We will consider applications from partners in the following categories:

  • Nonprofit hospitals (or their foundations) and/or transplant centers; or nonprofit foundations at for-profit hospitals
  • Nonprofit community health-serving organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations providing services to support donation and transplantation (e.g., grief centers, Ronald McDonald Houses)
  • Academic institutions providing critical care training (e.g., nursing, medical or transplant technicians)
  • Governmental agencies (emphasis on regional/rural public health departments)
  • Foundations
  • Nonprofit Associations (transplant or medical related)
  • Nonprofit regional chambers of commerce (funding transplant-related programs)

We will fund:

  • Efforts to meet the needs of patients pre- and post-transplant who have a financial need with limited or no access to funds
  • Projects that provide equal and equitable access to donation and transplantation resources that enable the gift of life
  • New and innovative education approaches about donation and transplantation to reach audiences in populations who may not be aware of their options, given reduced social interaction
  • Programs and services that offer grief assistance and compassion support in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Efforts to increase living donation
  • Medical and social research related to transplantation, to provide an opportunity to conduct pilot studies or early exploration (e.g., seed grants)

We will not fund:

  • For-profit companies or businesses
  • Individuals
  • Advocacy or lobbying work
  • Sponsorships
  • Scholarships
  • Capital projects
  • Other transplant-related causes (e.g., bone marrow, stem cell)
  • Projects outside our service area

Grantmaking Criteria

The project must align with our mission.

  • Does this work build partnerships, break down barriers and positively affect the donation and transplant community?
  • Does it influence change?

The project must make a difference in Colorado and/or Wyoming.

  • Does it benefit our service area and surrounding community?
  • Does it demonstrate a positive impact?
  • Can you show measurable results in the population served?

The project provides a service or services to the most vulnerable people in Colorado and/or Wyoming.

  • Does it serve the underinsured or fill an insurance gap?
  • Does it consider diversity, equity and inclusion as a key audience?
  • Does it demonstrate equitable and equal programming?
  • Help fund services for people trying to get listed for transplant, who are experiencing financial hardship?

The project must be achievable and sustainable.

  • Are you able to complete this work in 12 months?
  • Can you demonstrate a plan for lasting impact beyond 12 months?
  • Can the project be completed within the proposed budget?

The project must demonstrate measurable outcomes.

  • Are you able to track and monitor progress and report outcomes?
  • You will need to provide mid-grant and year-end reports to show how you have met your goals.

We will consider applications from nonprofit, academic and governmental organizations only; individuals, including Donor Alliance employees, are not qualified to apply.

Research Grants

All applicants applying for a research grant (social or scientific) will be required to follow a few additional steps to ensure the project is documented, per Donor Alliance policy. All research applications will be asked to disclose their lead investigator or main point of contact and have an initial brief conversation with Donor Alliance’s Director of Performance Excellence, after the application is submitted and before it is approved. This additional step will help improve the time from approval to funds being issued.

Additionally, applicants should be prepared to provide a research synopsis and other documentation for review when they submit their application, to ensure the project is documented and evaluated, per Donor Alliance policy. Any published papers will be expected to list The Donor Alliance Foundation as a funding partner.

Eligibility and Application Information


The grant cycle takes place on a calendar year. The application window will be open for nine weeks beginning at 9:00 a.m. MDT on Monday, June 5, 2023. Once the cycle closes at 5:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, August 4, 2023, the review period will occur from August 7 through the end of September. If a site visit is requested, it will take place in October, either virtually or in-person. A vote on final grantees will take place on November 14, 2023 and applicants will be notified of their application’s status (regardless of funding) beginning later that week. All funds will be made available by December 31, 2023 once the grant agreement has been signed and submitted to The Donor Alliance Foundation. Official timing of the grant as noted in the grant agreement will be from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024.


All applications must be received through The Donor Alliance Foundation’s online grant submission portal by 5 p.m. MDT on Friday, August 4, 2023. Late or incomplete proposals may not be considered. Again, applicants will be notified of their application’s status starting the week of November 20, 2023.

Funds Available and Grant Period

The Donor Alliance Foundation anticipates making grants ranging in size from $5,000 up to $25,000. We look favorably on applications that can demonstrate they are able to provide equal and equitable access to donation and transplantation resources that enable the gift of life.

The Donor Alliance Foundation makes one-year grants; funds must be expended from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024. Because funds are limited, it is anticipated that not all applicants will receive funding.

Additionally, Family Assistance grants will be expected to provide a match from their institution, of some value (monetary or in-kind). This should be listed on their project budget in the application.

Eligibility Requirements

The Donor Alliance Foundation accepts proposals from nonprofit community health-serving organizations, nonprofit hospitals, academic institution, governmental agencies, foundations and associations supporting donation and transplantation efforts.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service; be a tax-supported institution such as a hospital, government or nonprofit organization; or must have a formal fiscal sponsorship arrangement with a tax-exempt organization. Organizations must be located in and serve Donor Alliance’s designated service area of Colorado and/or Wyoming.

Organizations with pending grant requests from other foundations may apply for this grant opportunity. Organizations may submit one application in each area, up to three total, in response to this request for proposals. In cases where two or more organizations are partnering on a program or project, one organization should submit a single proposal on behalf of the partnership.

The Donor Alliance Foundation will only consider applicants that apply for a one-year grant. We do not currently fund multi-year grants. If you have received funding for more than one year for a project, you will be asked to discuss how year to year funding has impacted your project. Specifically, how you have moved the needle with your project to meet/exceed goals year over year.

Indirect costs like key and other essential personnel, equipment and supplies, publications and miscellaneous costs, contract services and travel expenses cannot exceed 10 percent of total funding. These are defined as administrative costs.


If at any time throughout the process, you have questions about The Donor Alliance Foundation’s funding priorities, the online grant application or anything else, please contact Executive Director Jennifer Moe at or 303-503-8795 (mobile).

Completing Your Application

Applications must be submitted through The Donor Alliance Foundation’s online grant portal. You can access the portal beginning Monday June 5 at 9:00 a.m. MDT. We are in our third year of a new grant application platform, so if you are a new applicant, you will need to create a custom log-in and account to complete, view and submit your grant application. Returning applicants may use their log in credentials from 2021 or 2022. Only applications submitted through The Donor Alliance Foundation’s online grants portal will be considered.

After Submitting Your Application

Once you have submitted your grant application online, you will receive an email confirming acceptance. You may also receive updates along the way as your application moves through the multi-step review process. If you wish to access your application at any time or apply for another grant (within the open period), simply log into your account. You may not edit your application once submitted.