Monday, September 25, 2023

Funds Available for Organ Donation and Advance Care Planning Education Fast Track Grants offer up to $10,000 to eligible North Carolina organizations and institutions

Sep 25, 2023

The NC License to Give Trust Fund Commission is offering up to $10,000 in funding to educate North Carolinians on the significance of organ donation and advance care planning. Throughout the year, eligible North Carolina organizations and institutions can apply for funding through the Commission’s Fast Track Grants Program to help save lives and improve healthcare outcomes for individuals across the state. 

"We believe that every individual has the power to make a difference through organ donation and advance care planning," said Joe Cabaleiro, Chairman of the NC License to Give Trust Fund Commission. "Through our collaboration with eligible organizations, we envision a future where more lives are saved, families are supported, and communities are educated about these vital healthcare practices."

The Fast Track Grants are open to North Carolina non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, campus organizations, community groups and church groups. To be eligible applicants must facilitate innovative projects, awareness campaigns, and educational initiatives that foster public understanding and engagement on organ donation and advance care planning. 

Organ donation is a selfless act that provides hope, healing, and a second chance at life to millions of people worldwide. By donating organs, tissues, and even bone marrow, individuals can profoundly impact the lives of others and leave a lasting legacy of compassion. It is crucial to raise awareness about the urgent need for organ donors and encourage individuals to make informed decisions regarding their intentions. 

Advance care planning plays an integral role in ensuring that individuals' healthcare preferences are respected, particularly during critical or end-of-life situations. By engaging in advance care planning, individuals can document their healthcare wishes, appoint a healthcare proxy, and communicate their values and goals to their loved ones and healthcare providers. This process empowers individuals to maintain control over their medical treatment and alleviates the burden of decision-making from their families during challenging times.

For more information on the Fast Track Grants Program and to download an application packet, visit the NC License to Give Trust Fund Commission website. Fast Track grant applications can be submitted anytime throughout the year. 

About the NC License to Give Trust Fund Commission
Housed under the NC Department of Administration, the NC License to Give Trust Fund and its commission were established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2004. The Commission serves as an advocate for organ and tissue donation and advance care planning, establishing policies and guidelines to award grants-in-aid to nonprofit entities for the development of educational and awareness activities. Funding to support the License to Give Trust Fund is made possible through a percentage from North Carolina driver’s license fees and renewals.

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