RIZE invests in comprehensive, compassionate, and sustainable prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery interventions to help people avoid and survive opioid use disorder and improve their lives.
Through our research and grantmaking, we are disrupting the status quo by selecting, supporting, and scaling the most effective and innovative programs available today and putting them to work saving lives.
Current Care Grants
Innovations in Anti-Racism 2020 Design Grants
RIZE created Innovations in Anti-Racism to Address the Opioid Overdose Crisis, a new, $600,000 grant program designed to reduce racism in the health system and to improve access to evidence-based addiction treatment for Black, Latinx and Indigenous populations. Design-phase grants of $25,000 were recently awarded to four organizations to develop or expand an intervention in harm reduction, treatment, or recovery programs. At the end of the five-month design phase, two of the organizations that demonstrate the greatest potential in fulfilling the goals of the program will receive two-year implementation grants.
COVID-19 RAPID Response
In March 2020, RIZE awarded over $200,000 in rapid response grants to support nonprofit organizations strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. The discretionary grants were given to 25 existing RIZE community partners. Through a partnership with the Boston Resiliency Fund, RIZE is awarding an additional $500,000 to residential treatment programs and supporting the city’s “comfort stations” where unsheltered people can go during the day to use the bathroom, wash their hands, and spend time.
Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care.
In 2018, RIZE awarded $1.8 million in grants to four community-based programs as part of our inaugural grant program Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care. The grantees are Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Community HealthLink, and Lynn Community Health Center.
Enabling Health: Enhancing Harm Reduction Services in Massachusetts
In October 2018, RIZE launched the Enabling Health: Enhancing Harm Reduction Services in Massachusetts grant program focused on innovative and collaborative harm reduction efforts. The grants were used to start pilot programs and enhance existing ones using novel and effective approaches to harm reduction.
Municipal Naloxone Bulk Purchasing Program
RIZE contributed $105,000 to the fund created to reduce the cost to Massachusetts cities and towns of purchasing the opioid overdose reversal drug known as Narcan.