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AIDS United, in partnership with Elton John AIDS Foundation, H. van Ameringen Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, and Open Society Foundations, is pleased to announce the opportunity for off-cycle support through the Syringe Access Fund.

Organizations in the SAF Round Ten Grant Cycle (whether funded or not) are eligible to apply if they are applying for a different project. Organizations that did not apply in the Round Ten Grant Cycle are eligible to apply.

The SAF off-cycle grants support start-up syringe services programs and emerging policy opportunities.

The next deadline for off-cycle proposals is March 1, 2019. Organizations may apply for up to $7,500 over a 9-month grant period, April 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

Another deadline for off-cycle proposals will be June 14, 2019. Organizations submitting in this round are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 over a 6-month grant period, August 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 HIV diagnoses can be attributed to injection drug use. Currently, 175 people in the United States die every day from a drug overdose and 95 of those deaths can be attributed to synthetic or natural opioids. Widespread increases in opioid use and lack of access to evidence-based treatment and public health services have contributed to injection-related HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks.

Since the early 1980s, Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) have been an important public health intervention to stop the spread of blood borne diseases. SSPs represent one of the most successful evidence-based approaches for reducing the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. They also provide a doorway for people from historically underserved communities to enter larger systems of health, drug use cessation programs, and social services that may otherwise feel overwhelming and discriminatory toward people who use drugs.

The primary goal of the Syringe Access Fund is to provide core support for programs that demonstrate:
  • An ability to provide high quality syringe access services; and
  • An ability to conduct local, statewide, or national-level policy advocacy initiatives.

Through the Syringe Access Fund, AIDS United will provide grants to support work in the following areas:
  • Syringe Access Direct Services: Access to sterile syringes through syringe services programs; and
  • Education/Mobilization: Policy/advocacy campaigns focused on improving public policy at local, state, and/or national levels.

Download the Request for Proposals here.


Important Links and Documents:

Request for Proprosals (RFP)
Budget Template
Diversity Table

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Assistance during the Application Process

AIDS United is committed to assisting eligible applicants with the preparation of a complete and responsive application to the Syringe Access Fund. Our staff is available to answer any questions and to provide technical support. Please email questions and requests for assistance to the Syringe Access Fund staff Please email questions and requests for assistance to the Syringe Access Fund staff at with your organization's name in the subject line of the message.

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