Grants Address Opioid Crisis

Grants Address Opioid Crisis

The Office on Volunteerism and Community Service (OVCS) has released a targeted priority Request for Applications focusing on (1) reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse; and/or (2) strengthening law enforcement and community relations.  To see the RFP, go to, and then search for Solicitation: OVCS-17-048, Opioid and Safer Communities.  Eligible applicants will be Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies.

A competitive applicant must fully describe how its evidence-based program will effectively incorporate the traditional AmeriCorps model into its direct service activities without supplanting, replacing, or duplicating staff.

Organizations proposing operations only in Virginia must apply to OVCS.  Applications will be due to OVCS in early April via eGrants.  OVCS will perform an initial review of submissions, and up to four applications will be chosen for possible subsequent submission by May 10, 2017 to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which will make final funding decisions.

Interested parties may review the CNCS funding information at, noting that the Virginia Request for Applications will closely – but not precisely - replicate the CNCS information.  Additionally, interested parties may learn more about AmeriCorps in Virginia by participating in an optional, general information conference call on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 1 – 2 pm, and on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 1 – 2 pm.  Dial in Telephone Number:  1-866-842-5779; Conference Code:  8047267911.

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