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Grant name The International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD), a part of OSI's Public Health Prog
Grant webpage www.soros.org/initiatives/ihrd
Foundation name Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation
Foundation webpage www.soros.org
Grant Category Public Health,Human Rights,Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS,Sustainable Development,Disadvantaged people
Project Level Regional,National,Local
Target Region Asia,Europe
Contact Person responsible for dealing with funding applications
Full name Open Society Institute
Street & Number 400 West 59th Street
City & Post Code New York, NY 10019
Region & Country USA
Phone 1 1-212-548-0677
Phone 2
Fax 1 1-212-548-4617
Fax 2
Cellular 1
Cellular 2
Email ihrdsorosny.org
Web page
Kind of projects funded
Which are the foundation’s/grant’s priorities (goals, objectives)? IHRD's primary mission is to diminish the individual and social harms associated with drug use—particularly the risk of HIV infection—through innovative measures based on the philosophy of harm reduction. This approach places an emphasis on human rights, common sense, and public health.
What is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction is a pragmatic and humanistic approach to diminishing the individual and social harms associated with drug use, especially the risk of HIV infection. It seeks to lessen the problems associated with drug use through methodologies that safeguard the dignity, humanity and human rights of people who use drugs.
What is the Types of supported projects?
• Providing grants and technical support to local direct service providers. IHRD supports more than 200 projects in 23 countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. While projects are tailored to local conditions and client needs, the majority of projects encompass a needle exchange component.
• Supporting regional, population-based and topic-specific initiatives. IHRD supports regional conferences, trainings and projects relating to street kids, HIV in prisons, ethnic minorities (especially Roma), methadone treatment and commercial sex workers.
• Promoting local and regional capacity-building. IHRD builds capacity by funding and organizing trainings, workshops and conferences for a variety of harm reduction stakeholders including NGO staff, government officials, police officers, prison workers and health care providers.
• Creating an enabling public policy atmosphere. IHRD works to influence national-level drug policies and practices by sponsoring advocacy, research, conferences and decision-maker study tours.

Projects taking place in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union or Central Asia.

• Grants and technical support to local direct service providers. While projects are tailored to local conditions and client needs, the majority of projects encompass a needle exchange component.
• Support for regional, population-based and topic-specific initiatives. IHRD supports regional conferences, trainings and projects relating to street kids, HIV prevention in prisons, ethnic minorities (Roma), methadone treatment, and sex workers.
• Local and regional capacity-building. IHRD builds capacity by funding and organizing trainings, workshops and conferences for a variety of harm reduction stakeholders including NGO staff, government officials, police officers, prison workers and health care providers.
• Public Policy and Advocacy. IHRD works to influence national-level drug policies and practices by sponsoring advocacy programs, research, conferences, media outreach, and study tours for police, health officials, and other government policy makers.
Who can apply? IHRD may only grant to organizations (either governmental or non-governmental), and therefore proposals from individual persons cannot be accepted.
Procedure for making an application
Is there an application? How do we find it? Grant Process
Organizations interested in applying for funds to conduct harm reduction or drug policy-related advocacy programs in Eastern Europe or Central Asia should first send a brief concept paper outlining the proposed activity to IHRD to any of the contacts listed below. If the project concept meets IHRD priorities and funding is available, the applicant may be invited to write a full proposal. Some examples of activities supported by past IHRD public policy and advocacy grants include (but are not limited to):
Advocacy training and skills building; organizations of drug users or people living with HIV; harm reduction conference participation; public outreach and media work on harm reduction issues; harm reduction networks; projects designed to reduce stigma against drug users and/or people living with HIV; legal advocacy and assistance.
Currently IHRD is not accepting unsolicited proposals for service delivery projects (such as needle exchange or methadone). If additional funds allowing for the expansion of service delivery programs become available in future, a grant competition will be announced through the relevant Soros national foundation(s), which will include detailed instructions on the application process.
There is no guarantee or expectation for multi-year project funding. All applicants will be notified of their grant award status within no more than three months of submitting their proposal.
Is there a deadline for applications? No
All applicants will be notified of their grant award status within no more than three months of submitting their proposal.
When is it best to apply? At least 3 months before the start of your project
Selection procedure for applicants?
Who decides how much to allocate? 1st phase – national open society foundation’s public health official
2nd phase – open society institute IHRD officials
What is the maximum amount / percentage of the total project cost awarded per project? Unknown / 100%
Should any additional documents be included with the application? No
Does the grant require the US tax exempt status (501(c)(3) nonprofit status) in order to apply? No
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