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Black, Asian and minority ethnic funding call

Invitation to apply for funding to promote deceased organ donation within black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities: September 2018

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for applications for funding from community and faith-based organisations to positively engage local communities in organ donation, address myths and barriers, and increase support for organ donation among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We are committed to building support for organ donation amongst hard to engage communities and are aware that local trusted organisations may be more effective at doing this due to their specialist knowledge, understanding and standing in the community. We hope that the scheme will attract a high number of applications from community and faith based organisations that can deliver work at a local level to engage people within their own community.

Why this work is needed

While consent rates among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities for donation after death are increasing, families from these communities are far less likely to support donation going ahead than white families.

NHS Blood and Transplant recently commissioned Agroni Research to carry out separate face to face surveys of black and Asian adults living in England and Wales to understand more about current attitudes.

The lower levels of support and shortage of organ donors from these communities matters because 35% of patients waiting for a kidney are from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  Although many black, Asian and ethnic minority patients are able to receive a transplant from a white donor, patients wait longer for an organ and others may die if there is no donor from their own community.

More donors from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are urgently needed to address an increase in patients from the same communities dying whilst waiting for an organ transplant.

One in five people who died on the Transplant Waiting List last year was from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.


If you are interested in applying for funds and want to check whether you are eligible to apply and to find out more about the Community Investment Scheme, please:

Funding available

Money is available for projects in England and / or Wales.

NHS Blood and Transplant’s total estimated investment is likely to be in the region of £115,000 for projects in England and £20,000 for projects in Wales. This is a flexible budget and could increase/decrease based on the quality of the applications put forward and the number meeting the funding criteria.

Organisations looking to apply for funds to cover projects in both countries can either put in separate applications or one application to cover both countries.  But it is important that the organisation applying has a community footprint in the regions the application covers.

If you are putting in an application that covers both countries be clear in your application what proportion of work will be happening in each country.

How to apply

Organisations can apply for funds up to £2,499 or £2,500 and above using the relevant application form.

Read our guidance document:

Applicants will need to submit the completed application form along with any relevant supporting evidence by 5pm on Monday 24 September 2018.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Your project should be started by March 2019 and completed by end June 2019.

Workshop to support applicants

NHS Blood and Transplant held a workshop to support applicants on Thursday 13 September 2018. If you were not able to attend, you can download the slide set here.

How applications will be assessed

NHS Blood and Transplant has set up an independent judging panel who will assess and score applications in line with the: 

Those applying for funds over £2,500 may be requested to give a face to face presentation of their project to the judging panel. Presentations will take place in the West End Donor Centre, 26 Margaret Street, London W1W 8NB on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

The judging panel will make decisions around the scoring of applications and therefore which projects have scored sufficiently to be fundable. An application will need to score 637.50 out of a potential score of 1000, scoring at least 3 on criteria 1 and 5.

Notification of awards

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions during November 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding prior to the release of funding. 

Depending on the size of projects, the funds may be released by NHS Blood and Transplant on a phased basis. The phasing will be confirmed with the organisation being funded for the work.

Evaluating a project

Successful applicants will be required to provide quarterly reports (depending on the size and length of the project) and a final report at the end of the project demonstrating the benefits delivered and performance against the expected benefits outlined in your application.

Any further questions

If you have any further questions about the scheme, please email: community.funding@nhsbt.nhs.uk

You can also contact:

  • Andrea Ttofa – Head of Organ Donation Marketing
    • 07889 304 143
  • Emma Avery - Senior Marketing and Campaigns Officer
    • 07823 351 838 (works Wednesdays and Thursdays)