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2017 Community Awareness Grants

2017 Community Awareness Grants

On 19 June 2017 the Minister Ken Wyatt AM, MP, announced the awarding of Community Awareness Grants to 16 organisations to help encourage more Australians to make and register a donation decision online on the Australian Organ Donor Register, and discuss their decision with friends and family. Click here to view the list of 2017 Community Awareness Grants Recipients.

Who can apply?

Those eligible to be grants recipients are non-government organisations and professional bodies, including community-based not for profit organisations or local government associations. Commercial organisations proposing activities with a not for profit focus will be considered.

Organisations without legal status must have an auspicing agency to be eligible for this funding round.

What are the assessment criteria?

The assessment criteria are set out in the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Community Awareness Grants Program Application Guidelines.

How can my organisation apply?

Applicants are to be completed using the 2017 Community Awareness Grants Application Form.

The Organ and Tissue Authority invites applications from Thursday, 6 April 2017 and applications must be received no later than 10.00 am AEST Thursday, 27 April 2017.

Applicants may contact the Organ and Tissue Authority or alternatively the DonateLife agency in their state or territory to discuss how their proposed activity aligns with the scope of the 2017 Community Awareness Grants. Please note that technical assistance with completing applications cannot be provided and consultation with the Organ and Tissue Authority or DonateLife agencies should not be interpreted as a guarantee that the application will be successful. Contact details of DonateLife agencies are available at: www.donatelife.gov.au/about-us/donatelife-network

2017 Community Awareness Grants Application Pack

Community Awareness Grants Application Guidelines

Community Awareness Grants Application Form

Community Awareness Grants Acknowledgement Guidelines

Community Awareness Grants Funding Agreements

Overview of national DonateLife Community Awareness and Education Program including DonateLife Week

What happens to my applications once submitted?

  1. The Organ and Tissue Authority will acknowledge receipt of all applications.
  2. Following compliance and assessment, a panel will assess each application against the assessment criteria. The Organ and Tissue Authority will contact applicants directly if any clarification in respect to an application is required. The panel will then make final recommendations to the Organ and Tissue Authority's Chief Executive Officer.
  3. It is anticipated that the Organ and Tissue Authority will notify successful applicants of the outcome by Tuesday, 30 May 2017.

If an application is successful, what is the next step?

  1. Once the Organ and Tissue Authority has notified successful applicants, proposed Funding Agreements will be prepared including (where applicable) specified deliverables, overall outcomes, payment schedules, and reporting requirements.
  2. Both parties will sign the Funding Agreement.
  3. Work can begin on successful projects when the Funding Agreement has been signed and must be undertaken in line with this Agreement.
  4. Approved funds will be distributed in accordance with the Funding Agreement.
  5. Grants recipients report outcomes to the Organ and Tissue Authority.

Step by Step

  1. Read the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Community Awareness Grants Program Application Guidelines, Application Form and Community Awareness Grant Acknowledgement Guidelines and Overviews of the National Community Awareness and Education Program.
  2. Review the draft funding agreements below to ensure your organisation is capable of meeting the requirements of funding recipients.
  3. Prepare a proposal using the Application Form.
  4. Use the checklist provided to ensure your application is complete.
  5. Submit your application.

Applications may be submitted by email or post:

By email:

By post:
Community Awareness Grants
Organ and Tissue Authority
GPO Box 295

Contact information:

Please direct all enquiries to grants@donatelife.gov.au or phone (02) 6198 9800.

Unsolicited and ad-hoc requests for funding

The OTA may consider unsolicited or ad-hoc requests for funding on a case by case basis. Any requests received by the OTA will be assessed in accordance with the criteria specified in the Community Awareness Grants Program Guidelines for consistency and subject to the availability of funds.


The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) currently has no open approaches to market.

The OTA publishes all open and competitive approaches to market on the Australian Government’s online tendering system, AusTender.

To view upcoming, current or previous tender opportunities and contract notices, please visit www.tenders.gov.au




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