Advocacy Grants Program: Promoting Policy Change Guidelines

What is the PPC Grant?

Promoting Policy Change is an annual cycle that supports proven drug policy reform organizations. 

We are currently interested in efforts that prioritize:

  • Eliminating or reducing criminal penalties for drug possession, and reducing the role of the criminal justice system as a response to drug use and sales.
  • Promoting a health-based approach to drug use through innovative harm reduction projects.
  • Advancing equitable marijuana policy reform, including: decriminalization, medical use, legalization for adult personal use, record sealing and expungement.
  • Developing public education initiatives directed at a wide range of audience that promote responsible, reparative and just solutions to ending the drug war.
  • Promoting leadership and expertise of those directly impacted by the drug war, including individuals associated with drugs and drug usage, individuals incarcerated for association with drugs, and communities of color.
  • Organizing groups most directly affected by the drug war – including formerly incarcerated persons; communities of color; women, trans, and gender–nonconforming individuals; immigrant communities; and under-resourced communities.

We favor public education efforts that speak to: (1) the failures and consequences of drug polices in the U.S. and the potential benefits of alternatives to prohibition; (2) reducing over-reliance on the criminal justice system by raising awareness of the need for alternatives to incarceration and/or health-based approaches to drug use; (3) discrimination in employment, housing, student loans and other benefits against those who use drugs or who have been convicted of drug law violations; (4) the negative consequences of current drug policies on human rights; and (5) efforts that mobilize people around the disproportionate impact of the drug war on communities of color and youth.

How Do I Apply?

The deadline for 2020-2021 applications has passed.


  • The Advocacy Grants Program only accepts grant proposals from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or organizations with a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)(3).
  • The Promoting Policy Change fund is intended for general operating support. 
  • The Advocacy Grants Program does not support:
    • International organizations
    • Individuals
    • Direct service
    • Fundraising events
    • Production of videos or films
    • Academic, research or journalistic projects
    • ***Punitive, abstinence-only treatment programs or advocacy for such programs***

See a list of our current PPC partners