The Federal Government is providing up to $750,000 in funding for initiatives that enhance community awareness of organ and tissue donation.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, is encouraging community groups, local businesses, and not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help promote the importance of donation.

Mr Drum said the grants could also fund creative measures that promote discussion among family and friends about donation, or activities that encourage more people to sign up on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

“Organ and tissue donation are life-saving and life-changing for recipients, yet there are still 13 million eligible Australians who have not yet registered their decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register,” Mr Drum said.

“We know nine out of ten families will agree to organ donation if their loved one is registered and they’ve spoken about it as a family, so these types of grants are crucial in helping us get the message out, and ultimately saving the lives of people on the Australian transplant wait list.”

Mr Drum said it was very easy to register as an organ and tissue donor at either donatelife.gov.au or through myGov or the Medicare Express Plus app when downloading your COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Mr Drum said applications could be made in one of three categories:

  1. Broad-reaching national events;
  2. Media, public relations, or digital activities;
  3. Research/behavioural change projects or the development of education resources.

Minister for Regional Health, David Gillespie, said the grant round was particularly looking for applicants to help reach audience groups with low awareness about donation, including young Australians, First Nations peoples, and multicultural groups.

“We know community groups and local businesses often have great ideas, but do not have the resources to bring their ideas to life – these grants support those ideas,” Dr Gillespie said.

The 2022 Community Awareness Grants are provided by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its national Community Awareness and Education Program.

Mr Drum said the easiest way to increase our donation rate is to get more families talking about donation.

“I hope to see a number of applications from Nicholls, and I encourage everyone to talk to their family and register to be an organ and tissue donor.”

Applications for this round of funding close November 19, 2021. Multi-year funding of up to three years is available for national events applications.

Successful applicants will be announced in February next year.

More information about the Community Awareness Grants, including the assessment criteria and the application process, is available here.

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