Funding to Increase Organ Donations within BAME Communities
This fund has been set up to address the lower levels of support and shortage of organ donations from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
The funding is for not-for-profit organisations that will deliver projects to reach black, Asian, mixed race and minority ethnic communities and/or engage people around their faith/beliefs.
As the organ donation law will be changing in England from spring 2020, programmes running in England will need to demonstrate how they will help contribute to awareness and understanding of the new opt out system so people understand their choices and make and share their donation decision. They should also address myths and barriers and increase support for organ donation among the target audience(s) of their project.
In Wales, as an opt out system came into effect in December 2015, programmes should focus on increasing understanding and support for organ donation among their target audiences so more people from these communities commit to become organ donors. This includes ensuring projects normalise donation and address myths and barriers.
Applications can cover activity in England, Wales or both countries.
The total investment for 2019/20 is around £200,000 for projects in England and £20,000 for projects in Wales.
Grants of either up to £2,499 or between £2,500 and £10,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations that have some experience in raising awareness of organ donation amongst black and Asian communities and be able to provide examples of some of their biggest achievements to date.
There is particular interest in receiving applications for projects that will engage black Caribbean and black African communities.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 1 September 2019.