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Deadline: November 1, 2019

Comer Family Foundation: Syringe Access Program

The Foundation supports harm reduction-centered syringe access programs (SAP) to improve the health and wellness of people affected by drug use. These programs provide free sterile syringes, education, and often community wraparound services to reduce transmission of HIV, hepatitis C, and opiate overdose. Funding priorities are to support:

  • Organizations providing access to sterile syringes through syringe access programs (SAPs) in addition to other direct services addressing health issues related to drug use
  • Organizations grounded in harm reduction principle and practice

The Foundation will prioritize support for programs in geographic areas in which access to sterile syringes can be dramatically improved. In the review process, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) prevalence, injection drug use prevalence, overdose incidence, and areas in which policy improvements can have local, state, and/or national impact will also be considered as funding decisions are made. Additionally, organizations actively developing local and community financial support are prioritized, and strategic partnerships are encouraged.

Amount: Grants range from $2,500-$20,000.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations that have been in operation for one full year prior to application submission. Giving is on a national basis.

Link: http://www.comerfamilyfoundation.org/syringe-access-program

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