Grant Information

Since 1992, the Comer Family Foundation has offered a grant making program to support comprehensive harm reduction programs that improve the health and wellness of people who use drugs. These programs provide free sterile syringes, education, and community wraparound services to reduce opioid overdose and the transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis.

For Syringe Service Program Grant Applicants

Please review the application guidelines and follow the detailed instructions for grant applications. 

To Apply

For Current Grantees 

  • Applying for Grants: Please review our updated eligibility guidelines before reapplying.
  • Reporting: Please review the grantees page for reporting guidelines and instructions.



Ready 4 Change: Succession Planning & Leadership Transition for Harm Reduction Programs

Researched and developed by Balanced Imperfection through a grant from Comer Family Foundation and AIDS United, Ready4Change offers free tools and practical advice on succession planning and leadership change for harm reduction programs. 

Informed and led by the community, this toolkit provides concrete guidance and checklists for engaging successfully in succession and leadership change situations such as: 

  • Planned transitions
  • Abrupt or unexpected transitions
  • Founding director transitions
  • Change processes that involve temporary leadership
  • Organizational mergers

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A Guide to Establishing Syringe Services Programs in Rural, At-Risk Areas

Developed with a grant from Comer Family Foundation, this guidebook provides information to individuals seeking to establish syringe service programs in rural, at-risk areas. Drawing on current research, the guidebook contains practical information to help communities take necessary steps to develop an evidence-based response to growing rates of injection drug use in some areas of the country.

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Additional Resources

AIDS United Syringe Access Fund offers technical support and funding for syringe service programs.

amfAr's Opioid & Health Indicators Database is a mapping resource to understand the opioid epidemic and its intersection with policy, HIV, Hepatitis C, and other social determinants of health.

Centers for Disease Control and NASTAD A technical package of effective strategies and approaches for planning, design, and implementation for syringe service programs.      

Department of Health and Human Services offers webinars to support the expansion of syringe services programs in vulnerable communities.

NASTAD provides drug-user health resources and technical assistance for syringe service programs within health departments.

Vital Strategies offers guidance documents, government advisories, and tools for people who use drugs and stakeholders likely to engage with people who use drugs.

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