We are no longer accepting new applicants for the 2023 grant cycle. Please check back in early 2024.

2023 Grant Cycle Application Process

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)
  • Grant cycle opens February 8, 2023.
  • LOIs will be accepted through end of business on March 14, 2023.
  • The Foundation seeks applicants who can demonstrate innovative approaches, produce measurable patient/clinician outcomes, and disseminate findings that result in widespread use to improve patient safety across the healthcare community. See full grant eligibility and criteria.
  • Download LOI cover page and instructions.
  • LOIs must be submitted by email to apply@tdcfoundation.com.
  • Submission of an LOI is in no way a guarantee of funding.
  • LOI submissions will be evaluated by The Doctors Company Foundation.
  • After submitting an LOI, applicants may be contacted by Foundation staff and asked for clarifications and/or revisions and resubmission.
  • Applicants will be notified by May 17, 2023, via email, that either:
    • They are invited to submit a full proposal, or
    • Their project has not been selected to move forward in the grant process
Applicants who have been invited to submit a full proposal will receive an application form
  • Full proposal application forms and all accompanying documentation are due by end of business on June 20, 2023.
  • An invitation to submit a full proposal is in no way a guarantee of funding.
  • Full proposal applications will be evaluated by The Doctors Company Foundation.
  • Applicants will be notified of The Doctors Company Foundation's Board of Directors’ funding decisions in late August 2023.
  • Grants are funded once grant agreements are fully executed, generally by mid-October.
Funded grants will be required to submit progress reports

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Could we arrange a phone call to discuss whether the project we have in mind fits the focus of your Foundation?
  • Please review the Eligibility and Criteria thoroughly. If you still have questions, send an email request.

    If the Grant Review Committee has questions about an LOI or application during the review process, we will contact the applicant to discuss.

  • Would you consider giving a grant to a for-profit group?
  • The Doctors Company Foundation makes grants to nonprofit entities only. Your group may work in conjunction with a nonprofit organization or education institution.
  • Is there a limit to the size of the submitted proposal?
  • Yes, the LOI is limited to two pages, exclusive of cover page.

    If your organization is invited to submit a full application, you will receive an application form that requires answers to adhere to word count limits. We strongly encourage you to submit a succinct proposal and to add appendices and background materials only as necessary.

  • Is there a budget cap on grants you award?
  • The Doctors Company Foundation is a small foundation with limited funds. Partial awards are sometimes given. Grant awards have varied from $1,000 to $307,000 since the Foundation’s inception in 2008. In the past five years, awards have ranged from $25,000 to slightly above $210,000.
  • Can we submit more than one LOI?
  • Yes.
  • Our proposal was not selected this year; can we resubmit it next year?
  • Proposals that did not advance past the LOI stage will not be reconsidered. If your organization was invited to submit a full application for a project but did not receive a grant, you may submit the project for reconsideration in the next grant cycle. However, you must submit a new LOI. Please note that questions may have been updated/modified on forms, so you cannot simply re-submit a prior form.
  • Our proposal was not selected. Could we please talk to you to find out why?
  • Most submitted proposals are for worthwhile projects, and each one is reviewed in detail and discussed at our Grant Review Committee meetings. The approval process is very competitive. Ultimately, only a few grants are approved each year. We do not provide specific reasons for non-approval.

For Approved Grants

  • What are the requirements for the progress report and the final evaluation?
  • Guidelines for reports are listed above on this page.
  • We would like a no-cost extension of time to the project you funded; is this possible?
  • Yes. Please send an email request and explanation for individual approval.
  • May we shift expenses within the budget amount you approved for our grant?
  • Yes. Please send an email request and explanation for individual approval.