Overdose Prevention Funding Available for B.C. Organizations
The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions in partnership with the Community Action Initiative and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre, has made funding available for community-led responses to the overdose crisis.
Up to $75,000 per project is available to non-government, not-for-profit, community-based, or First Nations, Métis or Indigenous-mandated organizations, or municipalities in British Columbia through the Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grant program. Applications will be accepted from June 4-July 13, with grants awarded by September 2018.
The grants support community-led overdose prevention and response efforts that address local needs, with an emphasis on reaching people using substances alone. Examples of the types of projects that may be supported include those that build on:
- Stronger pathways to treatment and care
- Innovative strategies to reach people who use alone
- Indigenous approaches to healing and wellness, or
- Initiatives to enhance engagement of people with lived experience
Collaboration within communities is crucial to tackling the urgent needs presented by the overdose crisis. By working together, communities can forge stronger partnerships, connect more people to treatment and recovery, and help save more lives.
Get involved and make a difference in your community. Read more about the grant and application process on the Community Action Team website.