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Black, Asian and minority ethnic funding call

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

NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a funding call to enable organisations to apply for funding to positively engage local communities in organ donation, address myths and barriers, and increase support for organ donation among black, Asian, mixed race and minority ethnic communities.

This scheme is part of the Government’s commitment to building support for organ donation amongst black, Asian, mixed race and minority ethnic communities and we are aware that local trusted organisations may be more effective at doing this due to their specialist knowledge, understanding and standing in the community.

Applications can cover activity in England, Wales or both countries. The maximum amount organisations can apply for is £10,000.

Applications for activity proposed in England must be able to demonstrate how they will inform and engage people living in England around the change in the law around organ donation and encourage people to make and share their donation decision.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Sunday 1st September 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted.

A workshop to support applicants

To help interested organisations understand more about organ donation, the need for more donors from black, Asian, mixed race and minority ethnic communities, the change in the law around organ donation in England and the funding scheme, we held a workshop in London on Wednesday 7 August 2019. Slides from the workshop are now available to download.

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.

Key statistics

Read key stats about organ donation among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities from the latest published report

Current attitudes to organ donation among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

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, mixed race 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 in 2017/18 was from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

Application and background documents

This is essential reading. Below are links to the documents you need to make an application.

Please read all the documents prior to making your application to give yourself the best chance of success!

Any further questions

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