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Combating Opioid Overdose Through Community-Level Intervention

University of Baltimore Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement
Nov 1, 2021

Margarita M. Cardona, MS, CRA


The Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-level Intervention Grant provides funding for evidence-based or promising community-level approaches that aim to reduce opioid-involved overdose, overdose involving stimulants, or poly-drug overdose in regions of the United States with the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses.

Priority areas include:

  • Activities that research and analyze a range of existing community-based efforts to address overdoses
  • Evidence-based and proven strategies designed to reduce overdose deaths that incorporate approaches that advance equity
  • Research activities that deal with opioid-involved overdose, overdose involving stimulants, or poly-drug overdose, and other harms associated with substance misuse
  • Research activities that deal with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Efforts that support and promote the partnership of law enforcement and public health agencies

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have expert knowledge and extensive experience in conducting research and analysis
  • Have expert knowledge and experience developing or enhancing new or ongoing programs that aim to reduce opioid overdose through strategic, evidence-based and promising approaches
  • Must partner with a regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, and applications must include a letter of support/commitment from the participating HIDTA and signed by the sponsoring HIDTA Director.

Eligible applicants include:

  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Programs
  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS Status
  • State, County, City, Township, and Special District Governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized and Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Native American Tribal Organizations
  • U.S. Territories and Possessions
  • Independent School Districts
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Faith-based and Community-based Organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

A tier system will be used in making awards.

  • Tier 1: Up to $50,000 for planning grants to engage the community to discover why the problem exists and how the problem could be addressed effectively and efficiently
  • Tier 2: Up to $150,000 for small, innovative projects that either: (a) develop, clarify, and implement a novel program, strategy, or approach that has not yet been evaluated; or (b) adapt an existing evidence-based strategy for use in new settings or with new populations
  • Tier 3: $150,001 - $350,000 to support implementation and evaluation of evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies
Application process

Links to additional guidance and the application instructions are available on the program website.

Email the completed application to, using return receipt.

Tagged as
Community and faith-based initiatives · Criminal justice system · Evaluation methods and resources · Illicit drug use · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Prescription drug misuse · Public health · Research methods and resources

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