The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) offers two grants programs. The Promoting Policy Change fund supports cutting edge drug policy reform organizations, mostly working on the local level. The Special Opportunities fund primarily supports time-sensitive drug policy reform opportunities that crop up in the United States.
For both funds, all applicants should be aware that the Drug Policy Alliance Advocacy Grants Program seeks to advance drug policy reform at the local, state, and national levels. While the program supports a range of drug policy reform work, we currently prioritize efforts that offer groundbreaking or far-reaching results in these areas:
The Advocacy Grants Program is steered by two staff and a grants review committee. Please see below for the details about applying for either of the two funds offered by DPA.
1. Promoting Policy Change
Through this $750,000 fund we seek to build strong, collaborative relationships between DPA and our funded partners. To that extent, we regularly engage grantees via monthly conference calls, an annual partners meeting, and at the biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference. For the latter two, additional resources are available to partners.
We require a letter of intent to initiate the process. Within about three weeks of the LOI’s due date, we will notify applicants whether or not to proceed with the proposal process. If you are invited to proceed, we will send you an application.
This fund is open only to organizations that have submitted a letter of intent and are subsequently invited to apply. The LOI must be emailed to email@example.com by midnight (Eastern) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Generally, Promoting Policy Change grants are capped at $50,000, with typical grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000.
Once an organization has been invited to apply, its proposal will go through a rigorous vetting process. Notifications about eligibility to apply will be made on or before June 1, 2018. Proposals will then be due on or before 8 p.m. (Eastern) on June 26, 2018 with final decisions made by the end of September.
2. Special Opportunities
This $400,000 annual funding cycle supports projects that respond to or take advantage of strategic public education efforts and campaigns to block drug war initiatives or advance drug policy reform. Preference is given to those projects that are time-sensitive. Grants are made on an ongoing basis subject to the availability of funds. All organizations are eligible to submit one proposal every six months. Generally, the cap on grants for this fund is $25,000, with the average grant being $5,000 to $10,000. The Advocacy Grants Review Committee reviews application materials and makes final funding recommendations. Proposals are due to the Drug Policy Alliance by 8pm (Eastern) on the first business day of the month via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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