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Grants for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

Substance abuse is a prevalent problem in the US.As most Americans know, substance abuse—especially of alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids—is a prevalent problem in the United States (SAMHSA, 2015). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance abuse leads to many negative consequences, such as physical and mental health problems and inability to function normally in daily life (2015). Not only does substance abuse affect users and their families in negative ways, but the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that “abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and healthcare” (NIDA, 2010-2013).

To help combat substance abuse and reduce the extreme negative impacts on users, their families, and society at large, many organizations offer generous grants to healthcare entities, non-profits, and schools willing to work toward substance abuse prevention and treatment. 

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)

Through the SABG program, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers funding to state mental health authorities and single-state agencies for initiatives to prevent and treat substance abuse. The SABG program gives funding priority to programs that assist pregnant women and mothers, intravenous drug users, and those substance abusers who have contracted tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. All applying states must have a devoted executive branch to administer and track any awarded SABG funding, as well as an apparatus for allocating funding to local government and community entities within one’s state. Additionally, all awardees must spend at least 20 percent of their funding on substance abuse “primary prevention strategies,” defined in detail at the link above. The 2018-2019 application cycle opened on July 3 – please see more information here. SAMHSA also announced additional grant opportunities for which organizations might apply, such as the Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crises. View a full list of SAMHSA grants for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

The Tower Foundation supports non-profit and school programs that raise awareness about drug overuse and its effects, prevent and/or treat substance abuse, and create environments in which young people can make wise, informed decisions regarding drug use.  This Foundation primarily provides funding to non-profits and public, diocesan, private, and charter schools in specified counties in Massachusetts and New York state, but non-profits and schools elsewhere in the U.S. are also permitted to apply. For 2018, the Foundation plans to award $150,000 total for substance abuse grant proposals. The Tower Foundation offers three grant application cycles per year, with the final remaining 2018 due date on August 22

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Each year, NIDA offers a variety of grant programs for independent and school-based research and clinical trials regarding substance abuse causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Each grant has varied budget limits and requirements for funding amounts requested, but all grant requests for over $500,000 in a given year require prior approval from a Program Official.  Likewise, the due dates for each grant vary greatly, with applications due February – December of this year. To see the full schedule and research priorities and topics for the 2018 Requests for Applications (RFAs), visit the link above. 

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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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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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