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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.

  Insider Tip:Provide statistics to document needs. The first paragraph above provides examples of authoritative figures related to substance abuse. When citing numbers, disclose your sources.  

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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Substance Abuse Grant Opportunities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 20:06 PM

By the time they are seniors, almost 70% of high school students drugswill have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40% will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20% will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In adults, illicit drug use is also on the rise. In 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available), an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2% of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month.

Substance abuse disorders take a toll emotionally, physically, financially, and socially—not only on the users, but also on their family, friends, and community. There are thousands of organizations dedicated to help individuals with prevention and intervention of substance abuse, as well as entities that help families and communities. Below we have selected a few of these organizations to highlight.

Healthy Living Grant Program

The American Medical Association sponsors this grant program to support organizations working to create healthy lifestyles. Specifically, funding is given to grassroots, public health projects that target the issue of healthy lifestyles, including alcohol and substance abuse. The AMA favors programs that partner with medical institutions. In 2014, twenty-one $10,000 Healthy Living Grants were awarded. Organizations that already have a 501(c)(3) designation are favored; however, those entities that have not received that IRS designation can also apply for funding. Applications for the 2015 cycle will be available on the website starting sometime this month.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Nonprofit organizations, governments, and foundations can look to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for financial support for youth-centered substance abuse programs. The foundation favors long-term relationships, so those programs or projects that can be carried out over long periods of time would be preferred. Funding is focused on proposals that impact prevention or early intervention to reduce youth substance abuse. Currently the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. While this may seem like a hurdle, building relationships with this foundation’s personnel or other entities that have benefited from this grant program could open the door to an application solicitation. For more tips on how to handle unsolicited proposals, see our blog article.

Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation

Closer to home base in Champaign, Illinois, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation supports non-profit organizations that help prevent and treat substance abuse in the Chicago area. This foundation has supported a wide variety of programs, one of which supports 33 Chicago-area high schools for prevention activities including alcohol education classes, professional substance abuse counselors, parent education programs, and more. There is no maximum grant award. This foundation will award grants for both operation and program support. It also funds building construction and renovating, as long as the building will be used to meet a priority area. To begin the application process, grant seekers should complete an online form.


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