Expanding Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) Capacity to Respond to COVID-19

In 2021, as part of the COVID-19 response under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and in partnership with collaborative Centers within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), resources to support SSPs and expand their overall capacity to provide COVID-19 vaccination, education, testing, and expanded services for additional adult vaccination were awarded to NASTAD and partner, AIDS United. This one-year demonstration project, with expanded authority to extend its impact beyond the first year, aims to strengthen the capacity of SSPs to serve as critically essential access points for COVID-19 vaccination services, general COVID-19 response interventions, and expanded adult vaccination services for people who use drugs. 

There are three tiers to this funding opportunity, described broadly below; SSPs are encouraged to apply to one service tier only:

Tier 1 – Vaccination Low Threshold Capacity Projects

Tier 2 – COVID-19 Vaccination Demonstration Projects

Tier 3 – Enhanced COVID-19 and Expanded Adult Vaccination Demonstration Projects COVID-19

**Please note: This opportunity is open to all tax-exempt, community-based SSPs and state and local health departments

A detailed overview of each funding tier can be found here. A webinar overview of the project is archived hereThe deadline for Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications has closed. The deadline for Tier 3 applications has been extended to December 17.

A webinar overview of instructions for volunteer reviewers is archived here.