PHSA Overdose Emergency Relief Funding for Community-Based Organizations


UPDATE FROM PHSA (June 18,2021): “There was an error in our application portal that limited responses to a certain character limit. This was an error as the limit was supposed to be on words, not characters. The limits have been updated in the application portal and all organizations who submitted an application prior to the update were notified and given an opportunity to amend their responses if needed. We apologies for any confusion this caused.”

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is offering one-time funding to community-based organizations (CBOs) in British Columbia to support their response to the overdose emergency. Since the declaration of the overdose public health emergency five years ago, overdose rates in BC continue to be alarmingly high. This low-barrier funding opportunity is intended to support the CBO sector with overdose-related services and initiatives.

The total amount of funds available is $835,000. The maximum amount that will be awarded per organization is $40,000. Funding will be split equally across the five BC Regional Health Authorities, with 25% of the total funding available to Indigenous-led organizations or programs. Each organization is limited to one submission.

Some examples of eligible expenses and projects include support for peer engagement activities or peer-led services, drug checking, substance-use navigation and supports and innovative approaches to safer supply.

Proposals are due on Friday, June 18 at 11:59 PM and can be submitted electronically here.

Any frequently asked questions will be posted to this page so all interested applicants have access to the same information. Any questions should be directed to [email protected]

Please review the following Funding Guidelines for further details on the funding opportunity.  Completing the Budget Template will be required before completing the online submission.