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Services for Populations that Use Injectable Drugs

Syringe Access Fund

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AIDS United

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12/17/21 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations to improve and coordinate services for populations that use injectable drugs. A letter of inquiry must be submitted prior to applying. Priority consideration is given to organizations that serve or are led by a majority of BIPOC individuals. Funding is intended to support programs that demonstrate: (a) an ability to provide high-quality syringe services to one or more identified communities, or (b) an ability to conduct local, statewide, or national-level community education and mobilization initiatives that demonstrate concrete objectives and activities to expand access to sterile syringes.

The Syringe Access Fund is a collaborative grantmaking initiative that seeks to reduce the health, psychosocial, and socioeconomic disparities experienced by people who use drugs (PWUD). The Syringe Access Fund invests in evidence-based and community-driven approaches to prevent the transmission of both HIV and viral hepatitis, reduce injection-related injuries, increase overdose prevention and reversal efforts, and connect people who use drugs to comprehensive prevention, treatment, and support services. 

The Syringe Access Fund offers grant support under two categories: 1) syringe access direct services (access to sterile syringes through syringe services programs) and 2) education/mobilization (advocacy campaigns focused on improving public policy at local, state, and/or national levels).

Organizations are eligible to apply under syringe access direct services or education/mobilization categories. Organizations engaged in racial justice activities for people of color who use drugs are strongly encouraged to apply through either category.

The Syringe Access Fund prioritizes identifying and supporting organizations across intersecting movements to enhance and coordinate services for people who use drugs. The Syringe Access Fund supports and funds organizations that are led by and serving networks of people who use drugs, including in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services (for information on meaningful involvement, please find on the AIDS United website “Meaningful Involvement of People Who Use Drugs”). Round 12 of the Syringe Access Fund will prioritize organizations that are led by and serve a majority of Black, Indigenous, or other People of Color (BIPOC) clientele. The Syringe Access Fund will also prioritize support for programs in geographic areas in which local or state support for syringe services programs is low or nonexistent. Other compelling factors may include the prevalence of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne pathogens; injection drug use prevalence; overdose incidence; and areas in which policy improvement can have local, state, and/or national impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162781

Number of Grants:

For this Round, AIDS United expects to provide one-year cash grants to a total cohort of up to 15 organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations are invited to submit proposals for $10,000 to $50,000 for one year.

Term of Contract:

Applicant must be able to utilize the funds within a 12-month period beginning February 1, 2022 and ending January 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding through the Syringe Access Fund Round 12, one or both of the following criteria must be met:
- Racial Justice – Applicants must be organizations that are dedicated to providing harm reduction services and are led by and serving a majority Black, Indigenous, and/or other People of Color (BIPOC).
-- AIDS United is defining BIPOC-led as an organization with 1) a self-identified BIPOC Executive Director/Highest Paid Staff or Equivalent, 2) 51%+ self-identified BIPOC Senior Leadership, and 3) 51%+ self-identified BIPOC Staff
-- AIDS United is defining BIPOC-serving as 51%+ of participants self-identify as BIPOC
- AIDS United recognizes that these definitions are imperfect and is committed to continued learning, updating its language, and being cognizant of the ways in which race and power operate
- Areas of High Need – Applicants must be located and perform work within a U.S. state, district, or territory that considers the distribution of sterile drug consumption supplies illegal or which places prohibitive restrictions on SSPs

Applicants must also meet all the following criteria:
- Budget – Applicants must have a total organizational budget of less than $1,000,000.
- Geographic Location – Applicants must be located and perform work within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American Reservations/Tribal Lands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Nonprofit Status – Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, per the guidelines set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with proper 501(c)(3) status. Appropriate verification of this federal status will be undertaken by AIDS United before final grant decisions are made. Organizations or coalitions that do not hold 501(c)(3) status must have a fiscal sponsor that has such status.
- Financial Stability – Organizations should be fiscally stable and viable prior to submission of the funding application. These funds are not intended to serve as a replacement for discontinued funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional one-on-one technical assistance (TA) office hours will be held at the following times during the open application period, where AIDS United staff will be available to assist with any questions you might have. If interested, please sign up for a 20-minute slot at

- Wednesday, October 20th, 4:00-6:00 pm EST
- Wednesday, October 27th, 4:00-6:00 pm EST
- Wednesday, November 3rd, 4:00-6:00 pm EST

Additionally, a webinar will be held on the following date for the purpose of providing clarification about the grant announcement and key application submission tips. Please note that the TA webinar includes information about submitting the proposal online. All application submissions will be sent via AIDS United’s online Grantee Community.

- Tuesday, October 26, 4-5 pm EST
- Register at:

Pre-Application Information:

The application process for Round 12 begins with the submission of a Letter of Inquiry, due on Nov. 5, 2021, at 5 p.m. EDT.

Key Dates:
- Oct. 18, 2021: Request for Letters of Inquiry Released
- Nov. 5, 2021: Letters of Inquiry Due
- Nov. 19, 2021: Organizations Invited to Submit a Full Application
- Technical assistance webinars:
-- Wednesday, Oct. 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
-- Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
-- Wednesday, Nov. 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
- Dec. 17, 2021: Completed Application Due to AIDS United
- Jan. 14, 2022: Notification of Funding Decision
- Feb. 1, 2022: Grant Period Begins

AIDS United will review Letters of Inquiry internally and invite eligible organizations to submit a full proposal.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please reach out to the Syringe Access Fund team at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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