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Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits to Assist People With Substance Use Issues

Statewide Drug User Health and Syringe Services Access Program


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Funding Source
Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)
Funding or PIN Number: RFP#: 2023RIDOH001
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Geographic Focus
USA: Rhode Island

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to address the public health needs of people experiencing substance abuse issues. Funding is intended to meet the needs of individuals who use substances through smoking, injection, snorting, and inhalation. The goal of the grant is to promote harm reduction services and increase HIV and Hepatitis C testing and care. Applicants are encouraged to submit collaborative applications to enhance their outreach and service delivery.

HIV and viral hepatitis prevention for the target population requires a non-judgmental provision of services and an understanding of the complex health needs of the population. Social determinants of health such as poverty, unemployment, homelessness, low literacy, and social marginalization compound the needs associated with health equity and thereby place some individuals at greater risk for disease, increase their vulnerability to drug-related harms, or mitigate their capacity to effectively cope with drug-related consequences.

Harm reduction refers to policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of legal and illegal drugs without necessarily reducing drug consumption. Harm reduction complements other approaches that seek to prevent or reduce the overall level of drug consumption, including access to substance use treatment programs. 

Specific Target Populations to be Served: People who have ever injected, snorted, smoked, or inhaled drugs; other people who use substances; racial and ethnic minority populations; people who exchange sex for money or goods; people who are unhoused or unstably housed; people who have been formerly incarcerated; persons previously diagnosed with HIV or HCV.

For program requirements and the Scope of Work see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Agencies must meet the following criteria:
a. Have current 501(C)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt status;
b. Be located in Rhode Island and be providing prevention services to Rhode Islanders; and be in good standing with the federal government.

For additional eligibility requirements, see:

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is Friday, May 26, 2023, by 4 pm.

Submit questions by May 5, 2023.

Term of Contract
The initial contract period will begin approximately July 1, 2023, for one (1) year. Contracts may be renewed for up to four (4) additional 12-month periods based on vendor performance and the availability of funds.

Contact Information
Submit applications to Katharine Howe at

Direct questions to Katharine Howe at the email address above with “RFP: Statewide Drug User Health and Syringe Services Access Program” in the email subject line.

Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

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