Support. Don’t Punish Initiatives programme

Are you part of a collective, network or organisation advocating for drug policies that prioritise health and human rights? Are you planning to join the 2020 Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action and have an outstanding plan to build momentum? If your answer is “yes” then this call for applications might be for you!

Through this call, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign aims to identify and support local partners (up to 7) with funding of between USD 2,000 – 4,000 for strategic, creative and collaborative projects building up to the 2020 Global Day of Action that advance drug policy reform, bolster harm reduction and build bridges with/within/between communities disproportionately affected by the “war on drugs” (e.g. people who use drugs, farmers of crops deemed illicit, youth, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, among many others).

Kindly note that the Initiatives programme differs in size and scope from the regular small grants that the campaign deploys yearly to support the realisation of activities during the Global Day of Action (26th June). A separate Call for Expressions of Interest for the 2020 Global Day of Action will be launched on the first quarter of 2020. However, beneficiaries of the Initiatives programme will not be eligible to receive supplementary financial support for activities organised for the 2020 Global Day of Action.

Grant specifications

Over the last seven years, Support. Don’t Punish local partners have organised over 1,000 activities in more than 100 countries. These range from marches, music events, sports tournaments, seminars with policy makers, film forums, press conferences and many more. A common thread has been to challenge norms and practices in relation to drugs that maximise harm and, instead, empower affected communities and their allies to mobilise for drug policies based on health and human rights.

We are currently accepting proposals that will see activities take place between December 2019 and June 2020 (culminating at the 2020 Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action), for awards of between USD 2,000 – 4,000.

The accepted proposals will be:

  • Coherent and strategic, devising a work-plan of activities that logically responds to local/national goals and priorities, and adequately considers impact.
  • Creative, including ideas that leverage ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking.
  • Collaborative, proposing activities that build bridges with/within/between communities affected by the “war on drugs”.

Application and selection process

  • Application period: 23 September to 25 October.
  • Notification to successful applicants: 1 November 6 November.
  • Grant implementation: From December 2019 to June 2020.
  • Submission of final report: 31st July 2020.

To apply, please fill in the application form available here. We can receive applications in English, French and Spanish. Other languages could be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you have difficulties completing the application form or need support. Please get in touch with us at