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Drug Overdose Prevention Program Mini-Grant

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits and
Agencies to Address Substance Abuse

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Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)

Deadline Date:

03/05/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit community-based organizations and government agencies for programs related to substance use and abuse at the local level. Funding is intended to support projects and initiatives that address the statewide drug overdose epidemic. Applicants must have experience in providing support, engagement, and services to affected populations.

Proposed projects must align with or build upon the priorities identified in the December 2020 Governor’s Task Force Addiction and Overdose Evidence Update, including:

  • Strategies that strengthen the relationship between the community and law enforcement.
  • Expansion of drug user health and harm reduction services 
  • Support and fund trauma-informed mental health services in Substance Use Disorder or alcohol treatment.
  • Implementation of employment and re-employment efforts to support a person’s recovery. As appropriate, align with Rhode Island’s Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative.
  • COVID-safe, in-person recovery support services to increase social connectedness.
  • Interventions to improve the coordination and integration of treatment and recovery support services for individuals transitioning to community-based programs.
  • Pilot strategies and/or interventions that acknowledge, recognize, and address institutional racism and health disparities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182734

Number of Grants:

The program anticipates funding five to seven awards to separate organizations during this mini-grant cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4,950

Term of Contract:

The anticipated start date for project implementation is April 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations and/or government entities with experience providing services, support, and engagement to populations affected by overdose in the state.

Due to Federal budget restrictions, mini-grant funds may not be used for :
- Purchase of naloxone/harm reduction kits or fentanyl test strips;
- Naloxone training (overdose recognition and response);
- Implementation or expansion of prescription drug “take-back” programs (including Deterra™ Drug Deactivation bags or drug disposal boxes); and
- Direct funding or expansion of substance use treatment programs

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications and questions to Lauren Conkey at

Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

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