SAMHSA’s CSAP HARM REDUCTION Application Due Feb 7, 2022

This is the first of its kind from SAMHSA, and priority populations include LGBTQ+ populationsethnic/racial minorities, and rural populations. The project will respond well to commitments to SUD/OUD treatment and prevention of overdoses.  

  • Up to $9,750,000 per year or $29,250,000 over 3 years 
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 25 awards 
  • Estimated Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year per award 
  • Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years 
  • No Cost Sharing or Match Required
  • Due Feb 7, 2022

The purpose of the program is to support community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and other harm reduction services. Funding will be used to enhance overdose and other types of prevention activities to help control the spread of infectious diseases and the consequences of such diseases for individuals with, or at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD), support distribution of opioid overdose reversal medication to individuals at risk of overdose, build connections for individuals at risk for, or with, a SUD to overdose education, counseling, and health education, refer individuals to treatment for infectious diseases, such as HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and viral hepatitis, and encourage such individuals to take steps to reduce the negative personal and public health impacts of substance use or misuse. This will include supporting capacity development to strengthen harm reduction programs as part of the continuum of care. Recipients will also establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services. Grantees will also provide overdose prevention education to their target populations regarding the consumption of substances including but not limited to opioids and their synthetic analogs. Funds may also be used to help address the stigma often associated with risky behaviors and participation in harm reduction activities.

Eligible applicants are States; local, Tribal, and territorial governments; Tribal organizations; non-profit community-based organizations; and primary and behavioral health organizations.

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $400,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.)

Link to Additional
Grantor Contact Information:
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (240) 276-1400

Direct Link to FOA

What do we feel is different about this funding opportunity?
Here is what stood out after a first read:

  • This is a fantastic opportunity for peer organizations!
  • Facilitation and maximization of the role of peer services in prevention programs is a core value of this FOA.
  • Programs serving the LGBTQ+ community, rural communities, and ethic or racial minority communities are prioritized with 10 extra points automatically awarded.
  • Certification or proof that the population served is demographically true to the priority populations is required, so a competitive applicant will need to demonstrate over 50% of clients through your doors will be from one of these designated communities.
  • This is a service-rich RFP with a lot of moving parts, requiring a certain kind of capacity to keep these programs going, further suggesting that needs and interventions will have to be strongly aligned between Sections A and B (we can help with this.)

We highly recommend to anyone interested in this application to start on it as soon as possible, to deeply read the FOA, and to support that by going through A Guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework.

If you are interested in applying for this grant and would like dedicated assistance in developing a competitive narrative, email to schedule your initial no-fee consultation today. 

We use an integrated teams-led approach to help you assess capacity, gather necessary data, and structure your work plan in a way that meets your staffing needs while also honoring quick turnarounds deliverables. We prioritize specific, strategic alignment of the grant goals with your location and vision of care, making each narrative application a vivid and unique representation of your populations of focus. 

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