Friends of UW Health gave away $140,000 last year in grant funding for projects that benefit UW Health patients and families. This money comes from our membership donations, annual events such as our two flower sales and Love Lights memorial ceremony, vendor sales and the proceeds from the UW Health gift shops.

This past year Friends was able to fund 43 grants. With initiatives that range from improving patient education, providing resources to support patient care, or helping hospitalized patients sleep a little easier at night, these grants are making a direct impact on our patients and families.

Applying for a Grant
Grants are awarded to UW Health staff for projects and services that are not covered by the organization’s normal operating budget. Outside organizations are also eligible to apply as long as our funding will directly benefit UW Health patients and families. Please review our funding guidelines for more information on criteria and restrictions.

All applications must be submitted online by October 1. Applications may be submitted year-round, but they will be reviewed annually after October 1. Applicants will be notified of Friends’ decision in December, and grant funds must be spent by June 1.

UW Health Employees should Apply Here

Community Organizations should Apply Here

Friends does not consider grant applications for services targeted at patients based on their financial need. Those requests should be sent to Patient Relations for possible funding through the Gail and Gordon Derzon Endowment Fund for Patient Assistance.

Gail and Gordon Derzon Endowment Fund for Patient Assistance
This fund was established in honor of Gordon Derzon, former UW Hospital and Clinics president and CEO, funds are used to help patients in need with expenses such as transportation, medications, lodging, meals and other needs that may arise. Give Now

To request funding through the Gail and Gordon Derzon Endowment Fund for Patient Assistance, please contact Linda Sparks at (608) 262-0082 or