Grants to support DonateLife Week 2013

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, on June 15 announced the availability of $533,000 in Community Awareness Grants to support community-based activities held during DonateLife Week 2013 (Sunday 24 February ”“ Sunday 3 March 2013).

DonateLife Week is the national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation coordinated by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government’s National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

Ms King said DonateLife Week encourages Australians to discover the facts about organ and tissue donation, make and register their donation decision and discuss and know the donation wishes of their loved ones.

“Community Awareness Grants are available for community-based activities that include a key event or activity held during DonateLife Week 2013. Community groups may also consider developing a program of activities that commence before and continue after this national awareness week,” said Ms King.

More than 340 events were held as part of DonateLife Week 2012, of which 200 were funded through the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Community Awareness Grants program.

“The direct involvement of communities across Australia is a key factor in the success of DonateLife Week, as part of our collective efforts to normalise family discussion about organ and tissue donation wishes.   I encourage schools, sporting clubs, businesses, community groups, universities and other organisations to get involved in DonateLife Week next year.

Ms King said DonateLife Week 2013 activities should either have broad appeal across the general community or specific appeal to people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“Researched commissioned by the Organ and Tissue Authority found that culturally and linguistically diverse audiences are less likely to have made decisions about organ and tissue donation or held memorable family discussions about donation wishes,” Ms King said.

The Community Awareness Grants are provided by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its ongoing community awareness and education program to help Australians discover the facts about organ and tissue donation, register their informed decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and most importantly discuss their donation wishes with family members.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm AEST Wednesday 25 July 2012. For details about the Community Awareness Grants and how to apply, visit the DonateLife website at

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