Community Investment Scheme
Funding to promote deceased organ donation within black, Asian, mixed race and minority ethnic (BAME) communities
The Community Investment Scheme enables 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.
Project applications can cover activity in England, Wales or both countries. The maximum amount organisations can apply for is £10,000.
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.
The lower levels of support and shortage of organ donors from these communities matters because 31% 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.
Applying for funding
Documents for grant holders
Have you recorded your organ donation decision?
English organ donation law has changed
You still have a choice whether or not you wish to become a donor.
Organ donation law where you live
Organ donation laws vary in different countries across the United Kingdom.