Advocacy Grants Program- Promoting Policy Change

Drug Policy Alliance

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Next anticipated deadline: May 15, 2021 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 25, 2021 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: Drug Abuse Public Policy Social Justice / Human Rights

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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Advocacy Grants Program

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) offers two grants programs. Promoting Policy Change is an annual cycle that supports proven drug policy reform organizations. Special Opportunities is a revolving fund that supports cutting-edge drug policy reform opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Advocacy Grants Program: Promoting Policy Change

Through Promoting Policy Change we seek to build beneficial, collaborative relationships between DPA and our funded partners. Through the partnership we support capacity-building, information sharing, and technical assistance. We encourage collaboration between partners, host an annual partners gathering, and bring partners to the biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

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:

  • the failures and consequences of drug polices in the U.S. and the potential benefits of alternatives to prohibition;
  • 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;
  • discrimination in employment, housing, student loans and other benefits against those who use drugs or who have been convicted of drug law violations;
  • the negative consequences of current drug policies on human rights; and
  • efforts that mobilize people around the disproportionate impact of the drug war on communities of color and youth.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Advocacy Grants Program does not support:
    • International organizations
    • Individuals
    • Fundraising events
    • Production of videos or films
    • Academic or journalistic projects
    • Punitive abstinence-only treatment programs or advocacy for such programs