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Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

9254814364_74a3d95760_q.jpgEvery day across the country a family is affected by drug dependency. According to Addiction Centers, over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco). 100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.

Municipalities, first responders, health care providers, and non-profit organizations across the country are banding together to help solve this epidemic. Grant money can help address this reality. Below, find some hand-selected substance abuse prevention and treatment grant opportunities.

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BNSF Railway Foundation

The BNSF Railway Foundation is dedicated to helping the communities where BNSF has a presence. Your organization, or program, should exist in or serve a community near one of BNSF's rail lines to be eligible to apply for grants. A map of its rail lines is available on the website. One of the foundation’s priorities is health and human services, including programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention. Non-profit organizations, local governments, and school or universities are eligible to apply. Direct programming or project support is a mandatory requirement to apply. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative

Applications are accepted until Aug. 1 for this grant program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (We can help accommodate this tight deadline.) This program is intended to provide support for minority and/or disadvantaged communities affected by the opioid crisis. The goal is to prevent opioid abuse, increase access to opioid treatment and recovery services, and reduce the health consequences of opioid abuse. Sixteen grants will be awarded for $300,000-$350,000 apiece. This is a partner-based grant program, meaning there must be two or more partners involved in the grant application. The types of partners suggested are listed on the website.

Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation supports local non-profit organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. Not sure if you are located in a Gannett community? Their website has a list of communities that the foundation serves; there are communities in all 50 states. Priorities for the program include neighborhood improvement, youth development, and community problem-solving, all of which can be related to substance abuse help. The average grant amount is $1,000-$5,000. Grant applications are accepted twice a year, Aug. 29 and Feb. 28. Proposals should be sent to the contact at the daily newspaper or television station in your area.

Rite Aid Foundation

This foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of communities. They do so by making monetary awards to improve children’s health and well-being, and to projects that meet special community health and wellness needs. To start the grant process, contact your local Rite Aid store. Applications are accepted year round. There is no minimum or maximum grant award.


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U.S. Department of Justice Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

11049360306_d592c79c3d_q.jpgWe are waiting patiently for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant application window to open. The package of four grant programs includes the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) largest and most popular grant program. CHP funds the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers, including school resource officers. The other three COPS grant programs include: Community Policing Development, Anti-Heroin Task Force, and Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force. At this time last year, the deadline for 2016 had already been announced. We are continually checking on the status of the program so check back to this blog often to find out when this prevalent program opens up.

Until that time, there are several other DOJ grant programs currently accepting applications. Here are the details and deadlines on some of them.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

This grant program seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems.  The intent is to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  Eligible applicants include states, local governments, and federally-recognized tribal governments. However, proposals must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Applications are due by April 4.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program

The goal of this program to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive diversion and alternatives to incarceration programs that expand outreach, treatment, and recovery efforts to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic who come into contact with justice system. There are six different categories in this DOJ program. See below for eligibility and grant amounts. Specifics on each category can be found on the website. Two or more entities can apply for the grant together. Applications are due April 25.

  1. Overdose Outreach Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program with a maximum grant award of $300,000.
  2. Technology-Assisted Treatment Projects: State agencies are eligible to apply. This includes state administrative offices, state criminal justice agencies, and other state agencies involved with the provision of substance use disorder services to justice-involved individuals. The maximum grant is $750,000.
  3. System-level Diversion and Alternatives to Incarceration Projects: Local governments and Indian tribes can apply to this program that has a grant ceiling of $400,000.
  4. Statewide Planning, Coordination, and Implementation Projects: Applicants are limited to the State Administering Agency (SAA) responsible for directing criminal justice planning or the State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Agency. The maximum grant is $850,000.
  5. Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects: Applicants are limited to state governments that have a pending or enacted enabling statute or regulation requiring the submission of controlled substance prescription data to an authorized state agency. The grant award is no greater than $400,000.
  6. Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse: Applicants are limited to state agencies and units of local government located in states with existing and operational prescription drug monitoring programs. State agencies may be awarded $1 million and local government have a ceiling of $600,000.

Training and Technical Assistance to Support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment gives defendants in criminal trials several different rights, including the right to counsel. The DOJ believes the right to counsel in juvenile and misdemeanor cases has yet to be fully realized. The purpose of this training and technical assistance program is to ensure states and local governments are provided with the tools to meet the obligation of the Sixth Amendment. The grant provides research-based, data-driven information and resources. The deadline is May 16.

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COPS Grants Applications Available

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 @ 16:04 PM

The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office has announced that two of th7279567460_94b2ed6f62_q.jpgeir highly competitive grant programs are accepting applications. The COPS program assists state, local and tribal law enforcement through grants and funding opportunities. Since 1995, they have invested over $14 billion to advance community policing. The COPS program is administered by the US Department of Justice.

Three COPS programs, detailed below, are currently accepting applications. The programs largest and oldest grant program, the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), will open in late April. Check back in our blog or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the details on that grant program when it opens.

The Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

This grant program funds community policing projects that are national in scope. It is open to all public governmental agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Up to $8 million in overall funding is available this fiscal year. There is no local match required for this program. Projects that eligible for funding must cover one of the following topic areas:

  • Micro-grant Initiative for Law Enforcement
  • Critical Response Technical Assistance
  • Community Policing Emerging Issues Forums
  • Community Policing Training Projects
  • Law Enforcement Led 21st Century Policing Demonstration Projects
  • 21st Century Policing and Implementation Projects

Deadline for application is June 1.

COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP)

The Camp Program is a competitive grant program open to state law enforcement agencies by law or by a state agency to engage in (or to supervise) anti-methamphetamine investigative activities. CAMP funds must be used to investigate activities related to the manufacture or distribution of meth. Approximately $7 million is available for this program, and the maximum individual grant award is $1.5 million. There is no local match required. Each grant is two years in duration. The website indicates that this grant program will be very competitive. Agencies that plan to participate in anti-methamphetamine task forces with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team structures will be given additional consideration. Applications are due June 1.

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program

This grant program has approximately $7 million in funding available with the maximum grant award being $1.5 million. There is no local match required. Eligible organizations are state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures. To be eligible applicants must have:

  • primary authority over state seizures of heroin and other opioids
  • have high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for both heroin and other opioids
  • use the funds for investigative purposes to locate or investigate illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids

Funds from this program may not be used to fund treatment programs or to prosecute heroin and other opiod-related activities. Deadline for application is June 1.

COPS grants are all highly competitive and can give you the edge you need to get funds. Our expert staff is trained to ensure your application meets all requirements as well as give your application the extras it needs to stand out in the crowd. Contact us today to get started. Remember, the first consultation is always free.


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