Organ and Tissue Authority

New grant opportunities open for applications

Article Date: 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Applications are now open for up to $4 million over four years for national partnerships and up to $450,000 for community-based initiatives as part of our 2021 Community Awareness Grants.
These two grant opportunities offer unique opportunities to increase reach and engagement about organ and tissue donation with key target audience groups – both at a national and grass-roots level.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on our national program to increase donation so that more people can receive a life-saving transplant. This included cancelling the 2020 Community Awareness Grants round, as we were not able to host awareness-raising community events, including registration drives.

After a difficult year it is critical that we engage with partners and community groups to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation, encourage family discussion about donation and increase registration rates, so that more people say “yes” to donation. 

DonateLife Partnerships are available through the 2020-21 Budget Measure: Partnerships – Promoting Organ and Tissue Donation, providing funding of $4 million over four years for us to partner with sporting, corporate and community organisations who have a national focus to further increase awareness about organ and tissue donation in Australia. 

This year represents our 13th Community Awareness Grants round, supporting community groups to deliver events and innovative digital engagement activities, especially in support of our annual awareness-building campaign, DonateLife Week 2021. 

Across both grant opportunities, we’re looking to build a broad and diverse network of champions to reach those Australians who have no or low awareness about organ and tissue donation. 

We’re also looking for applications that will engage with key target audience groups that have low representation on the Australian Organ Donation Register, including young Australians (aged 16-25), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

Applications for both grant rounds are open for four weeks, and close at 5pm AEDT on Sunday, 7 March 2021.

On our Grants page you can find more information about who is eligible to apply for a grant, how to apply for a grant, and guidelines to support your application process. 

We look forward to assessing your applications and working with our 2021 partners and community grant recipients to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. 

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