National Harm Reduction Coalition awarded more than $5.3 million in grant funding to 44 projects from 32 organizations under the HepConnect Initiative. You can learn more about the grantees here.
Grantees will use funds to provide new or expanded harm reduction services for people who use drugs (e.g. supplies, outreach sites and mobile vans, and testing materials) or to educate the community about harm reduction (e.g. public education, advocacy campaigns). Funding also supports staffing and creating positions, training, and support groups for people who use drugs. This represents the largest portfolio of harm reduction-specific funding offered by a non-governmental agency in history.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this project to get harm reduction resources into communities in the region where I’m from — where they are deeply needed. Harm reduction is health care. HepConnect is providing education and tools people need to make their lives safer and better — and if that ain’t health care, I don’t know what is.” — Dr. Orisha Bowers, Regional HepConnect Director
“Members of the communities we are reaching are the experts in their own lives and their own work. It is an honor to be able to come alongside such phenomenal organizations in creating resources that uplift and support the work they are doing, while also holding space for networking, collaboration, and capacity-building for sustainability.” — Logan Benton, LBSW, CCM, Grants Manager