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Grants for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

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

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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