In 2016/2017 the NSW Government increased funding by $75 million over four years to tackle drug misuse in our communities. This package of investment focuses on supporting more young people, more people into treatment and more families.
The Early Intervention Innovation Fund is part of the NSW Drug Package and is $8 million over four years. It aims to help build the evidence base for early intervention models to support people at risk, with a particular focus on young people who are vulnerable to using drugs or are already participating in risky drug use.
The Fund comprises two grants schemes:
- NGO Evaluation Grant Scheme - for NGOs in the AOD sector to evaluate existing programs to build the evidence base
- AOD Innovation Grant Scheme - for NGOs and partners to specifically drive AOD innovation, with a particular focus on young people who are vulnerable to using drugs or are already participating in risky drug use.
The overarching purpose of the NGO Evaluation Grant Scheme is to build the evidence base for existing programs delivered by NGOs for which there is a strong rationale for their success. The NGO Evaluation Grant Scheme intends to:
- Foster the generation of high quality evaluations which are directly relevant to clinical, health service and population health practice in NSW
- Enhance the research capacity within the AOD NGO sector.