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Impact and Innovation Grant Fund Application 

10-18-2017 15:03

The Open Society U.S. Programs Drug Policy Project aims to support viable alternatives to mass criminalization and mass incarceration, to strengthen community-driven health services, and to provide resources for interventions made prior to or instead of arrests.

We support equitable and high quality pre-arrest and pre-booking diversion programs that reduce arrests and incarceration and provide participants with effective harm reduction interventions. To support grantees in achieving their outcomes, the Drug Policy Project is soliciting proposals for the Impact and Innovation Grant Fund. It will support established arrest diversion programs to access technical assistance from top diversion and harm reduction experts in order to demonstrate and measure their impact, and improve the quality of their interventions.

We invite grant proposals from organizations and agencies seeking consultation and technical assistance support from one of four pre-qualified technical assistance providers: Community Catalyst, the Haywood Burns Institute, LEAD National Bureau, and Pathways to Housing. Applicants can apply for a maximum grant size of $75,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will only be accepted from organizations and entities that (1) are within the United States, (2) are currently collaborating on an active arrest diversion program or wish to shift a pre-adjudication or pre-booking program into an earlier intervention prior to arrest; and (3) are ready to access the services of technical assistance experts to meet specifically identified areas of needed improvement.

Proposals should be responsive to community needs, and should be well thought out with a clear set of goals that can be achieved during the two-year grant cycle.

  • Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations of all sizes (including advocacy groups and social service providers), public agencies, and federally recognized Native American and Indian tribal governments.
  • Entities applying for grants above $25,000 must demonstrate additional funds committed for the pre-arrest or arrest diversion program, allocated by the start of the funding period. Special exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Grantees and applicants of the Solidago Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative MicroGrants are still eligible to apply for this funding.

Ineligibility Criteria

  • Initiatives outside of the United States are not eligible.
  • Individuals and single-person LLCs are not eligible.
  • Grantees of the Open Society U.S. Programs Drug Policy Project are not eligible to apply if already receiving funding for any portion of this funding cycle (starting May 1, 2018).

Purpose and Priorities

The selection process will prioritize proposals that demonstrate authentic and equitable community engagement strategies where directly affected populations are involved in the co-design, implementation, and evaluation of harm reduction and diversion initiatives. We will prioritize funding for interventions that are informed by data on specific populations entering local justice systems through partnerships with academic, governmental, nonprofit, consumer, advocacy, research, and other stakeholders.We will support interventions that seek to divert populations traditionally ineligible for diversion such as individuals deemed "high risk" or charged with felony or aggravated crimes.


Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2017, through February 1, 2018.

For further details about this opportunity, please review the request for proposals and other documents in the Download Files section.

If you have questions after consulting the documents, please send your inquiry to

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