Grants from the Drug Policy Alliance’s Special Opportunities Fund support drug policy reform efforts that aim to influence local, state or federal legislation.The maximum request is $25,000, though generally grant awards range from $10,000 to $15,00. The fund prioritizes the following areas:
- Public education campaigns and litigation to raise awareness of the negative consequences of current local, state and national drug policies.
- Organizing and mobilizing constituencies that raise awareness about the negative consequences of local, state or national drug policies.
- 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.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are due on the first business day of each month. For more information, see the link below: