Advocacy Grants Program: Promoting Policy Change Guidelines

What is the PPC Grant?

Promoting Policy Change is an annual cycle that supports proven drug policy reform organizations. 

We are currently interested in efforts that prioritize:

  • Eliminating or reducing criminal penalties for drug possession, and reducing the role of the criminal justice system as a response to drug use and sales.
  • Promoting a health-based approach to drug use through innovative harm reduction projects.
  • Advancing equitable marijuana policy reform, including: decriminalization, medical use, legalization for adult personal use, record sealing and expungement.
  • Developing public education initiatives directed at a wide range of audience that promote responsible, reparative and just solutions to ending the drug war.
  • Promoting leadership and expertise of those directly impacted by the drug war, including individuals associated with drugs and drug usage, individuals incarcerated for association with drugs, and communities of color.
  • Organizing groups most directly affected by the drug war – including formerly incarcerated persons; communities of color; women, trans, and gender–nonconforming individuals; immigrant communities; and under-resourced communities.

We favor 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 youth.

See a list of our current PPC partners

How Do I Apply?

Step One – Submit a Letter of Intent

Deadline – The deadline for 2019-2020 submissions has passed

A letter of intent (LOI) is required to receive an invitation to apply. If you are invited to proceed, we will send you an application. An invitation is not guaranteed.

Not to exceed two pages, the letter should include: 

  • Your organization’s name and all contact information
  • IRS status
  • A brief description of how your proposal is aligned with DPA’s priorities as described below
  • Your funding request
  • The organization’s specific drug policy goals and deliverables during the grant cycle covered

The LOI must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on May 15, 2019
Once an organization has been invited to apply, the proposal will go through a rigorous review process by staff and board members. Invitations to apply will be sent on or before June 3, 2019

Step Two – Submit a Proposal

Deadline – 11:59 pm (Eastern), Tuesday, June 25, 2019

If you are invited to proceed, you will receive an application by email. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on July 2, 2019. Final decisions will be made by September 30, 2019.

Please note that being asked to apply is NOT a guarantee of an award being made.

Proposals and supporting documents are submitted via online application. Please note that applications not submitted according to these guidelines will not be considered.