Posted May 23, 2024

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NHS Blood and Transplant’s Community Grants Programme Opens for 2024 Applications

The Community Grants Programme is part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s commitment to build support for blood, organ, and living kidney donation among Black, Asian, mixed heritage, and minority ethnic communities.

The funding is for community, faith and belief organisations to drive awareness, understanding and behaviour change. Trusted local organisations can be effective at achieving these goals due to their specialist knowledge, understanding and footprint in the community.

There is a total funding pot of £600,000 this year to support projects that address misinformation and barriers, share information, and increase support for donation among Black, Asian, mixed heritage and minority ethnic communities.

The focus of proposed projects must be one of the following:

  • Deceased organ donation – applications encouraged from all ethnic minority communities to raise awareness of, and participation in deceased donation. Other forms of organ donation may be referenced in applications, but the focus must be on deceased organ donation.
  • Blood donation – due to clinical need, only applications will be considered for projects focusing on the Black African and/or Black Caribbean communities.
  • A combination of deceased organ and blood donation – applications jointly covering deceased organ donation and blood donation from all ethnic minority communities, but the blood element of any project must focus on engaging the Black African and/or the Black Caribbean communities and must be carried out in England.
  • Living kidney donation – applications encouraged from all minority ethnic communities to raise awareness of, and participation in living kidney donation.

The £600,000 funding pot will be split as follows:

  • Blood donation: £300,000 (projects engaging Black African and Caribbean communities only).
  • Deceased organ donation: £150,000.
  • Living kidney donation: £150,000.
  • Combined blood and deceased organ donation – funded using a combination of the above. The blood element of the project must focus on Black African and Caribbean communities.

There are three bands of grants which range from £1 to £20,000 per year.

In a change from previous years, all projects will now be funded for a two-year funding period (September 2024 to September 2026).

Registered charities, limited companies, charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies, and unincorporated groups may apply. Organisations applying for the larger grants (over £10,000) must have previous experience of working with either a governmental department (ministerial or non-ministerial) or a public body.

A launch webinar will be held on 28 May 2024 (17:00-18:15).

The deadline to apply  is 30 June 2024 (21:00).

Further details can be found here: About the programme – NHS Blood and Transplant (nhsbt.nhs.uk)

There is a launch webinar being held on 28 May  – registration is required via the eventbrite link here: Community Grants Programme Webinar Tickets, Tue, May 28, 2024 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

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