A program of AIDS United established, the Syringe Access Fund is a national grantmaking initiative that supports service providers and policy initiatives aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne pathogens among people who inject drugs and their sexual partners through expanded access to sterile syringes.
The fund is currently offering off-cycle grants of up to $5,000 over six months in support of startup programs offering sterile syringe services and emerging policy initiatives. Programs that include drug users in the design, delivery, and evaluation of services as well as programs that are peer- and volunteer-run will receive priority consideration. Strategic partnerships are encouraged.
Community-based organizations and AIDS service organizations, as well as faith-based and human rights groups, clinical or medical providers, and legal aid organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or have a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor). Projects may be located in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Native American reservations/tribal land, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
See the AIDS United website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.