Private Funder: Drug Policy Alliance (DPA); Opportunities: Promoting Policy Change (PPC) and the Special Opportunities Fund (SOF); Funding Focus: Public safety, education and health; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding (TBA): $1.2 million in funding was available for 2016 cycle; Deadline: Rolling (SOF letter-of-intent).
Summary: The Drug Policy Alliance offers two grants programs. The first, Promoting Policy Change (https://goo.gl/wJH0dO), is dedicated to supporting cutting edge drug policy reform organizations, primarily but not solely those that are working on the local level.
The fund it seeks to build strong, collaborative relationships between DPA and the grantee organization. PPC engages grantees via monthly conference calls; annual gatherings and at the biennial drug policy reform conference. That competition is to open next year.
Special Opportunities Fund
The second program is the Special Opportunities Fund (https://goo.gl/SUANv0). It is generally more competitive than PPC. It is designed to respond to the quickly developing and generally time-sensitive drug policy reform opportunities that crop up in the United States. Those applying for this fund need only send a description of the project to us, along with a detailed budget and cover sheet. Applications for the SOF are accepted throughout the year.
Tip: Preference is given to projects that are time-sensitive. Grants will be made on an ongoing basis subject to the availability of funds. The maximum request is $25,000, though generally grant awards range from $10,000 to $15,000. Organizations may only submit one proposal within a six-month timeframe.