CDC – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crises Grants (2021)

Applications due: by April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The complex and changing nature of substance use and misuse among youth highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to inform substance use and misuse prevention and response efforts. This includes interventions that target the individual, family, and community level and focuses on youth that are at the greatest risk. This funding opportunity will focus on preventing and reducing local opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription drug use/misuse among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States. 

Helpful resources

  • Learn how civil legal aid helps those affected by the opioid crisis in a co-branded NLADA and Justice in Government Project factsheet. On the last page are four examples of partnerships supported by this grant that are currently serving individuals affected by the opioid crisis.
  • NLADA recently presented at a national conference on how legal aid can help individuals affected by substance use disorders. We also heard from two states on what they’re doing to address the opioid crisis. Access that presentation here.
  • Last year, NLADA and the Justice in Government Project started publishing a monthly newsletter with curated research and funding information. Read the edition on opioids.
  • In 2019, NLADA hosted a webinar series on opioids. Access those webinars here.

 Grant information

Funding Title: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crises Grants

Agency Name: Center for Disease Control

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-CE21-2103

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: No, there isn’t express language for legal aid. However, legal aid that works to provide assistance to youth with substance abuse issues are eligible. Legal aid organizations may also be added as subrecipients.

Target Population: Youth

Expected Number of Awards: 60

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:  No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000

Award Ceiling: $50,000

Award Floor: $50,000

Current Closing Date for Applications: by April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription drug use/misuse by local youth. They must be a nonprofit (as defined by the IRS as a 501(c) organization); or an entity that the Administrator determines to be appropriate; or part of, or is associated with an established legally recognized domestic, public or private nonprofits organization. Must be current or former Drug-Free Communities Support Program recipients.

In addition, applicants must document rates of misuse of opioids or use of methamphetamines that are higher than the national average over a sustained period.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to listing

Contact Information: Wendy Heirendt,

Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Education Organizations, Health, Non-profit Organizations, Substance Use Disorder, Victims of Crime

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