The Ministry of Health is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from organisations to provide peer-based harm reduction services at NSW music festivals. Funding is available for up to four years, commencing in 2023.

Key information

Grant amount: There is a total allocation of $500,000 per year of the four-year period which will be allocated between successful applications.
Applications open: Monday, 21st November 2022
Applications close: Friday, 27th January 2023

Program objective

The peer-based harm reduction funding offer encourages organisations to submit an EOI application to provide peer-based harm reduction services at NSW music festivals subject to the NSW Music Festivals Act 2019.

The program aims to ensure that:

  • Music festival patrons at risk of drug -related harms are identified early and supported to access medical care or other interventions
  • Music festival patrons are equipped with tailored, evidence-based, and credible information, education, messaging, and resources on how to prevent or minimise drug-related harms
  • Peer-based harm reduction services are delivered by a trained and well-prepared workforce to support patrons in the music festival context
  • Peer-based harm reduction services are collaborative, well-connected and coordinated with other key festival stakeholders
  • Peer-based harm reduction services contribute to strengthening the evidence base on drug-use and harm reduction approaches in the NSW music festival context
  • Peer-based harm reduction services contribute to monitoring and evaluation studies of the impact of broader harm reduction measures, as described in the Guidelines, implemented at music festivals.

How to apply

1. Download and read the Expression of Interest Guidelines 
2. Complete all required components of the EOI, including:

  • Respondent of particulars
  • Statement of Compliance
  • Statement of Requirements
  • Price and Payments.
3. Submit all required documents to moh-musicfestivals@health.nsw.gov.au by the application closing date. Please use subject heading: EOI Submission – Peer-based harm reduction at NSW music festivals

Contact

If you have any questions about the EOI or require further information, please send an email to moh-musicfestivals@health.nsw.gov.au

Current as at: Friday 18 November 2022