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Opioid Resource Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Innovative Programs
that Address the Opioid Epidemic

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AmerisourceBergen Foundation

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Grants averaging between $50,000 and $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for programs that address opioid misuse and abuse. Priority will be given to proposals that address prevention and education, pre- and post-treatment programs, and/or safe disposal of unused or expired drugs. Funding is intended for programs that present constructive and innovative solutions to the epidemic.

Understanding the need for expediency, and to simultaneously balance an objective of developing long-term solutions, the opioid resource grant offering will be dedicated to generating ideas from those who know best, tapping into bright and innovative community-focused organizations across the United States.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and leverage existing, proven, evidence-based frameworks and strategies. Applicants may also propose original and innovative projects related to pre- and post-treatment activities such as job training, housing programs, recidivism support, etc., or customize and build upon publicly available projects and/or strategy models

Grants will be awarded for the most innovative and constructive community-facing programs, and priority will be given to concepts addressing these three key areas of focus:
- Safe disposal management programs
- Prevention education
- Pilot programs for new ideas related to pre- and post-treatment activities.

Applications focusing on education may include new concepts or approaches, or proven models. Education initiatives may address a wide spectrum of needs, and priority will be given to the effective dissemination of the following topics:
- Provider education about appropriate opioid prescribing
- Patient education about the risks and effects of prescription opioids, and what to do if they have concerns about addiction
- Public education, especially aimed at rural communities
- Training to reduce youth risk factors, such as delinquency, and boost protective factors, such as decision-making skills for problem-solving and resisting peer pressure
- Preventing teens from initiating problematic opioid use in the first place
- Advising parents of teens to lock up prescription opioid medications and dispose of old pills
- How youth can effectively cope when living with adults with addiction.

Although not required, the Foundation encourages multiple organizations to develop a collective, collaborative partner submission. Partnership, for these awards, is defined as an arrangement between two or more entities or organizations that share a joint interest, where skills, talents, finances, and other resources are shared to achieve a common outcome.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183473

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size of grant disbursements will depend on the needs of each grantee. There is no maximum. The Foundation expects the average grant size to be between $50,000 to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant periods are for one-year only. Multi-year grant requests will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit, grant-funded, 501(c)3 organizations may apply. The Foundation does not make grants to state governments, agencies, or governmental entities with regulatory oversight of AmerisourceBergen.

Non-profit hospital, health system or affiliated entity must develop a collaborative partner submission with two other non-profit organizations, one of whom will serve as lead applicant and fiduciary.

The Foundation does not make grants to customers, or affiliates of customers, of AmerisourceBergen.

To be eligible for a grant:
- The project or program must align with the Foundation’s mission and focus.
- The project or program cannot be limited to serving a narrowly defined group of individuals, but must instead serve a broad and indeterminate charitable class.
- The project or program cannot be to fund direct treatment costs for individuals or groups of individuals suffering from substance abuse.
- The organization cannot lobby as a substantial portion of its activities or support political causes or campaigns.
- Grant funds may only be used for charitable, educational, and/or scientific purposes.
- The Foundation does not fund efforts to influence legislation, to intervene in political elections or campaigns, to promote propaganda, or to conduct voter registration drives.
- The Foundation does not make grants or loans to individuals and does not directly fund fellowships or prizes.
- Grantee can not engage in discrimination per eligibility requirements.

Funding requests for the following will not be considered.
- Treatment-related services
- Academic or scientific research
- Media or advertising (e.g., public service announcements)
- Narcan or equivalent resources
- Funding for new positions (consultants or contractors are acceptable)
- Programming within a hospital, health system or physician practice
- Only in-kind requests for Deterra/Dispose RX will be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants will be awarded through a two-phase process. To be respectful of submitter’s time and resources, in Phase 1, the Foundation will initially ask for a high-level overview in the form of a Letter of Intent. Those LOI submissions that move on to Phase 2 will take the form of a Grant Proposal.

LOIs will be accepted January 15 through February 15, 2019, and July 15 through August 15, 2019. Unless otherwise indicated, LOIs submitted outside that window will not be accepted.

Organizations who will be moving onto the full proposal stage will be contacted via email from YourCause by September 15th.

Contact Information:

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

LOIs should be submitted via the online system at:

For questions, contact the foundation at:

AmerisourceBergen Foundation
1300 Morris Drive
Chesterbrook, PA 19807

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