Drug Policy Alliance: Promoting Policy Change
Promoting Policy Change grants seek to broaden public support for drug policy reform and will fund organizations that have consistently demonstrated success utilizing strategic and innovative approaches to increase such support. The Drug Policy Alliance invites proposals designed to educate the public and policymakers about the negative consequences of current local, state, or national drug policies to promote better awareness and understanding of alternatives to current drug policies, and to broaden understanding of the extent to which punitive prohibitionist policies are responsible for most drug-related problems.
The Promoting Policy Change program prioritizes organizations focused on one or more of the following:
- Public education campaigns and litigation to raise awareness of the negative consequences of current local, state, and national drug policies.
- Organizing and mobilizing constituencies that raise awareness about the negative consequences of local, state, or national drug policies.
- The program favors public education efforts that speak to: (1) the failures and consequences of drug polices in the U.S. and the potential benefits of alternatives to prohibition; (2) reducing over-reliance on the criminal justice system by raising awareness of the need for alternatives to incarceration and/or health-based approaches to drug use; (3) discrimination in employment, housing, student loans and other benefits against those who use drugs or who have been convicted of drug law violations; (4) the negative consequences of current drug policies on human rights; and (5) efforts that mobilize people around the disproportionate impact of the drug war on communities of color and y outh.
Amount: A total of $750,000 is available with grants ranging up to $50,000 and averaging $15,000-$25,000.
Eligibility: Grants are made to organizations working within the United States (although in rare exceptions proposals from Canada will be considered), with particular emphasis on state-based efforts. Strategic, geographic, or thematic collaborations are strongly encouraged.
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