Applying for funding under the Harm Reduction Fund (HRF)

Current status on funding opportunity: CLOSED

The Harm Reduction Fund (HRF) solicitation is now closed. PHAC is no longer accepting Letter of Intent (LOI) submissions. The following is for information purposes only.

The deadline to submit a LOI was January 29, 2021 at 3pm EST. Applicants were notified of the LOI results via email on July 12, 2021. Applicants whose LOI was successful during the first stage, were invited to submit a full proposal. Approved projects will begin April 1, 2022.

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What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction refers to a set of practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with substance use. Harm reduction:

Funding objectives

The Harm Reduction Fund seeks to ensure that:

Expected outcomes of STBBI community investments

By 2025, projects supported through the Harm Reduction Fund will:

By 2027, projects supported through the Harm Reduction Fund will:

Key populations

The key population under the HRF is people who use and share inhalation or injection drug-use equipment. Applicants should tailor their proposed activities by taking into consideration the culture, values and practices of people who use and share inhalation or injection drug-use equipment.

An individual's identity consists of multiple, intersecting factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, immigration status and sexual orientation. Therefore, applicants are also encouraged to consider intersecting identities for the key population, allowing for more tailored approaches and greater impact.

Funding duration and amounts

Organizations can apply for funding for a minimum of three (3) to a maximum of five (5) years, depending on the scope of the project.

Front-line projects will be eligible to receive a maximum of $250,000 annually for up to 3 years. This represents double the funding previously allowable under the HRF. Projects that are regional or national in scope and seek to address broader systemic issues are eligible for up to 5 years of funding and can apply for more funding with a strong rationale.


Eligible applicants

The following Canadian groups and institutions are eligible to receive project funding:

Applicants can submit an LOI as a single organization or an LOI as part of a community alliance, or both. However, it must be clear how the activities presented in each LOI are separate from each other.

When applying as a single organization applicants must demonstrate the following in the LOI:

Organizations with less than two (2) years of experience in the above-mentioned criteria who would like to apply for funding are required to apply as part of a community alliance.

Organizations funded under HRF cannot serve as third-party funders for other organizations, unless these organizations are identified as contractors and are responsible for delivering specific activities or outputs. They may instead consider applying as a community alliance.

Community alliance

A community alliance is created when two or more organizations choose to work together to achieve the objectives of a single project. These projects can be front-line (local), regional or national in scope. To establish a community alliance, at least one member organization must have a minimum of two (2) years of experience.

There is no maximum number of organizations that can make up an alliance; however, each organization within the alliance must play a strategic role for which they are seeking funding.

Community alliances are encouraged to seek additional partnerships with other organizations in order to help the project achieve its objectives. Unlike alliance members, project partners will not receive funding.

Eligible project scope

The scope of a project can be local, regional, or national. Geographically speaking, local front-line projects are generally limited to a small area such as a neighbourhood, city or town, but could be broader (for example, Northern Manitoba). Regional and national projects cover a larger geographic area that may or may not have fixed boundaries. For example, regional projects can include an entire province or territory, or the northern regions of several provinces. A national project is defined as crossing at least three (3) provinces or territories, and having potential applicability across Canada.

Eligible activities

Funding can be used to support the following eligible activities:

How to Apply

The solicitation for the HRF is currently closed.

For more information on HRF please contact:

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