City Launches $500,000 in Funding for Harm Reduction in Regina
Beginning today, the City of Regina is accepting grant applications to distribute $500,000 dedicated to programs, services and initiatives that support harm reduction in Regina.
“It’s important that all levels of government are engaged in advancing harm reduction initiatives,” says Regina City Councillor Andrew Stevens. “This new funding stream partners the City of Regina with local community organizations to address the growing addiction crisis and mental health issues with outreach programming, in addition to supporting Indigenous and culturally-guided approaches to healing and wellness.”
This grant funding reinforces the City’s commitment to community safety and well-being, and to providing supports that address the needs of our most vulnerable. It is the result of a Council amendment to the 2021 Budget in which one-time funding was drawn from the COVID-19 Recovery Reserve.
The primary objective of this initiative is to increase access to support services and reduce harm associated with drug use in Regina. Harm reduction is an approach taken in many cities that focuses on the prevention of harm in people who continue to use drugs, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself.
To be eligible for the grant funding, an organization must be a registered non-profit with a proposed initiative that aligns with one of more of the four priorities of the funding stream, which are: Overdose Prevention, Safe and Accessible Spaces, Safe and Inclusive Communities, and Strengthened Support and Connections.
The deadline to submit applications is July 30 and funding will be distributed in September 2021.
Visit Regina.ca/grants for more information and to apply.