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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.

Why the scheme 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.

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.

Cricketer Monty Panesar shows his support for organ donation as part of the British Sikh Nurses project
An organ donation stand in Leicester, part of the BAPs organ donation and transplantation in Hindus project

Any further questions

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