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Syringe Access Fund Round Ten Grant Cycle – 2018-2020

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Expand Access
to Sterile Syringes and Reduce Blood-Borne Diseases

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AIDS United

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Deadline Date:

11/10/17 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies to reduce the risk of hepatitis C, HIV, and other blood-borne diseases for populations that inject drugs. Applicants wishing to submit a video application must schedule an appointment no later than October 13.

The Syringe Access Fund provides grants to support work in the following areas:

A. Syringe Access Direct Services: Access to sterile syringes through syringe services programs (SSPs); and

B. Education/Mobilization: Policy/advocacy campaigns focused on improving public policy at local, state, and/or national levels.

Please note that organizations can apply to EITHER A or B of the funding areas above.


The primary goal of the Syringe Access Fund is to provide core support for programs that demonstrate: (a) an ability to provide high quality syringe access services to one or more identified population(s), and/or (b) an ability to conduct local, statewide, or national-level policy advocacy initiatives that demonstrate concrete objectives and activities to expand access to sterile syringes.

The Syringe Access Fund will prioritize support for programs in geographic areas in which access to sterile syringes can be dramatically improved through either greater programmatic capacity or policy improvement. The Syringe Access Fund will also prioritize support for programs that involve drug users in designing, delivering and evaluating services, as well as programs that are peer- and volunteer-run (for information on meaningful involvement, please find on the AIDS United website “Meaningful Involvement of People with HIV/AIDS (MIPA); ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’). Other compelling factors may include HIV and HCV prevalence, injection drug use prevalence, opioid use, overdose incidence, availability of local funding, and areas in which policy improvements can have local, state, and/or national impact.

Strategic partnerships are encouraged.

Challenge Grants for Governmental Organizations: The Syringe Access Fund encourages government support of syringe access. In places where local or state government can find resources for syringe access services, education or mobilization, the Syringe Access Fund may be willing to provide matching funds to advance these efforts. The matching component provides an opportunity for public-private innovation. For example, this may mean that Syringe Access Fund resources would be used to purchase syringes while public dollars support other aspects of syringe access programming.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162781

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum awards in each grant category will be $75,000 total divided equally over two years. A single organization applying on behalf of multiple smaller organizations may be approved for a slightly higher grant amount on a case-by-case basis.

Term of Contract:

Year 1 grant period is February 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019. Year 2 grant period is February 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020. Second year payments are conditional based on first-year progress, outcomes, and compliance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Syringe Access Fund grants will support work within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Native American Reservations/Tribal Land, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and any other U.S. territory.

AIDS United may provide Challenge Grants to governmental organizations.

Organizations eligible to apply include any 501(c)3 organization (or those with a fiscal agent), including community based organizations and AIDS service organizations, as well as faith-based, human rights, clinic or medical provider, and legal aid organizations.

New applicants as well as applicants and grantees from previous Syringe Access Fund grant cycles are welcome to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

AIDS United will convene two webinars for the purpose of providing clarification about the grant announcement and key application submission tips. These calls will be held on:

-Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

-Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

You must register for a webinar one business day in advance. Please note that each organization can only attend one of the webinars listed above.

Pre-Application Information:

Governmental organizations receiving a Challenge grant will have up to one year to secure the matching funds. Matching fund verification is required for government agencies prior to disbursement. Grant dollars for governmental organizations will be disbursed at the end of Year 1, after January 2019.

AIDS United is offering three methods of submission for this initiative: written, video, and recorded Skype conference call.

Written Applications and Video Submissions are due no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Skype Conference Application Submission appointments must be scheduled by no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, October 13, 2017, with final materials submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Funded organizations will be notified of decisions by December 18, 2017; applicants not selected for funding will be notified in February.

-September 15, 2017: Requests for Proposals released
-September 26, 2017: Application assistance webinar
-September 28, 2017: Application assistance webinar
-October 13, 2017: Deadline for Appointment Requests for Skype Conference Call Submissions
-November 10, 2017: Completed applications due
-December 18, 2017: Approved applicants will be notified of funding decisions
-February 1, 2018: Grant period begins

Syringe Services Resources for Programs and Advocates:


Contact Information:

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

Register for the September 26 webinar:

Register for the September 28 webinar:

Start a written application:

Continue a written application:

To schedule a phone/video application or ask about the application process, contact:

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Geographic Focus:

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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