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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS to Reduce Drug-Related Harms Among Communities of Color in Michigan

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS to Reduce Drug-Related Harms Among Communities of Color in Michigan – Due February 12, 2021


Vital Strategies is the lead technical and implementation partner for a Bloomberg Philanthropies-supported initiative to tackle the overdose epidemic in the United States. Its Overdose Prevention Program supports partners and stakeholders in establishing effective policy and program models to reduce overdose deaths in two states, Pennsylvania and Michigan, where fatalities are among the highest in the country. 

For this RFP, Vital Strategies is collaborating with Yet Once More, LLC to support Michigan community-based organizations (CBOs) and partnerships in addressing harms caused by the ‘War on Drugs’ on Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) populations. This includes community training and education, community organizing and base-building, system or policy assessments, capacity building, direct service provision and other innovative strategies that work to advance principles of harm reduction, de-stigmatize people who use drugs, and promote racial justice and equity in structural and institutional responses to drug use.  

Organizational Eligibility

  • CBOs that are led by BIPOC or collaborations between organizations in which at least one is led by a BIPOC
  • CBOs or partnerships that individually or together are working to advance racial equity in majority BIPOC communities
  • Supportive of a harm reduction approach to drug use
  • Committed to addressing the root causes of social and racial injustices at a community level 
  • Engaged with the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Michigan in these counties: Genesee, Ingham, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne
  • CBOs need not have a work history of engagement in activities and issues related to drug use

Primary expectations of awardees:

  • Participation in four 2-hour virtual Racial Equity Harm Reduction Workgroups to be convened with awardees 
  • Participation of relevant project staff and/or members in two 1-hour virtual Progress Reviews 
  • Participation in technical assistance, as needed, to facilitate implementation of projects
  • Execution of projects that work towards the advancement of Racial Equity in harm reduction and overdose prevention

The maximum allowable funding request per agency is $50,000 for a total of up to 5 awards. The grant period is 6 months, anticipated to begin on March 1, 2021, and funding is non-renewable; this is a one-time-only award.

Informational webinar slides here
FAQ here

Questions to address during the webinar to be submitted by January 22, 2021 to Questions and recording of the webinar will be posted on RFP webpage.

Full application due Friday, February 12, 2021. Submit to