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

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.799
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 1, 2021

For programmatic or technical questions:
Wendy Heirendt

For grants management or budget questions:
Daniel Jackson


Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crises Grants provide funding to support current or former Drug-Free Communities recipients in efforts to prevent opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription drug use among youth ages 12-18. The program seeks to address the problem of substance use among youth by working with community leaders to identify local problems and implement evidence-based strategies designed to limit access to substances, change the culture/context around substance use, and create sustainable, community-level change.

Additional information on expected program strategies, activities, and short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes is available in the application instructions found on the related documents tab in the funding announcement.

Applicants are encouraged to focus on underserved populations and those at higher risk of certain forms of substance abuse and misuse, including:

  • Black and Hispanic youth
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Non-English speakers
  • People with limited health literacy
  • Tribal youth
  • Youth in rural areas and other geographically underserved communities

Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing opioid, methamphetamine and/or prescription drug use by local youth. Applicant organizations must be domestic, public or private nonprofit entities that are current or former recipients of a grant under the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Act of 1997.

Applicants must also document rates of opioid or methamphetamine abuse at levels that are higher than the national average over a sustained period of time.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $50,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 60
Estimated total program funding: $15,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

Applicant training session
(Registration required)
February 5, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Black or African American · Children and youth · Community engagement and volunteerism · Health disparities · Hispanic or Latino · Illicit drug use · LGBTQI+ · Limited English proficient · Networking and collaboration · Prescription drug misuse · Substance use and misuse

Organizations (2)

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