Friends of UW Health awarded $150,000 last year in grant funding for projects that benefit UW Health patients and families. This money comes from our membership donations, flower sales, Love Lights memorial ceremony, vendor sales and the proceeds from the UW Health gift shops.

Like everything else, COVID has had an impact on our fundraising. Friends of UW Health will need to reconsider the 2021 grant process. It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will not be soliciting grant submission the Fall of 2021. With adaptations to our fundraising and the hard work of Friends, we hope to fund more novel programs and operative needs of our patients and families next year!

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