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Strategic Prevention Framework: Partnership for Success High Need Communities Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits to
Prevent Teen Marijuana and Alcohol Use

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District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)

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03/02/18 4:45 PM ET


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to prevent youth substance abuse in Wards 6, 7, and 8. Applications are invited from qualifying prevention network affiliates seeking to prevent underage marijuana use and drinking among young people (ages 12-18) residing in high-need communities.

While the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Partnerships for Success and Tribal Initiative targets youth and young adults ages 12 to 25, the goal of this PFS grant is to prevent underage drinking and marijuana use among youth ages 12 to 18 living in high need communities. Furthermore, all eight (8) Wards are defined as “high need communities” for prevention.

The PFS premise is that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the District level. By working together to foster changes, the District and their funded communities of high need can more effectively begin to overcome the challenges underlying their substance use prevention priorities and achieve the goal of the SPF-PFS program. Grantees are expected to implement a combination of an evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies that achieve the target outcomes of the PFS grant.

Prevention research suggests that youth do not engage in substance abuse solely because of personal characteristics, but rather because of a complex set of risk and protective factors in their environment. These factors include the rules and regulations of the social institutions to which individuals belong (e.g., trust, social ties, relationships and exchanges among people); the norms of the communities in which they live; the messages to which they are exposed; and the availability to minors of alcohol and other drugs.


Prevention services are designed to strengthen communities as places where children and youth are safe, connected in positive ways to others, and supported by involved responsible adults. It also involves developing and strengthening the capacity of the District’s prevention provider network to meet the challenging substance use disorders (SUD) prevention needs within the eight (8) Wards and 120 neighborhoods.

DBH supports specific prevention approaches that are designed to significantly contribute to the development of a sustainable prevention infrastructure in the District of Columbia. This infrastructure supports efforts to prevent the onset, reduce risk, interrupt the progression of use, and avoid the consequences of SUD in the District. The infrastructure includes DC Prevention Centers (DCPCs) that strengthen community capacity, address needed community and system changes, reduce risk factors, and achieve target outcomes for District youth. DCPC reach has been expanded through the development of over 50 Community Prevention Networks (CPNs) across the eight (8) Wards. (See Diagram D below for respective DCPCs per Wards served.)

The broad make-up of CPNs includes representation from the following sectors:

1. Geographic and administrative boundaries (i.e., tracts, political, neighborhoods, housing developments, and recreational catchment areas).

2.Boundaries of purpose (i.e., partners/families/caregivers, faith organizations, community-based organizations, and prevention services).

3. Boundaries created by shared languages and/or cultural values, norms, and disparities.

This RFA provides funding for eligible CPNs to develop and implement a combination of an evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies to prevent underage drinking and/or marijuana use among youth between the ages of 12 to 18. The RFA is designed to determine the readiness of the CPN to fully develop and implement a data-driven SPF planning process to achieve target outcomes. Applicants that receive a grant award are expected to develop an action plan (based on logic models provided by DBH) for the prevention and reduction of underage drinking, marijuana use among youth, or both in their designated ward.

The successful applicant will receive additional training in the SPF planning process through DBH. Evaluation will be supported through the DBH PFS data and evaluation lead.

Target Outcomes that grantees are expected to achieve through their evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies are as follows:

Program Outcomes:
i. Intentions to use substances
ii. Personal disapproval of substance use
iii. Perceived risk of harm regarding substance use
iv. Parental expectations around substance use
v. Perceived peer use of alcohol/marijuana
vi. Knowledge of family values around substance use
vii. Perceived availability in getting alcohol/marijuana
viii. Saw substance use prevention message/ad

Behavioral Outcomes:
i. Reduction in past-30 day use of Alcohol, Marijuana, or other illegal drug
ii. Reduction in past-30 days as a passenger with someone driving under the influence (DUI)
iii. Increase in talking to parents about substance use
iv. Influence of substance use on goal attainment

Community Change Outcomes:
i. Changes in local policy regarding substance use
ii. Changes in local practices regarding substance use
iii. Perception of community disapproval of substance use
iv. Perception of peer disapproval of substance use
v. Community norms regarding youth substance use

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157171

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Grants are available to fund three (3) High Need Community Grantees. One (1) HNCG will be selected for each of the three (3) identified Wards: Ward 6, Ward 7 and Ward 8 within the District.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each High Need Community Grantees will be funded in the amount of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant will be for a period of nine (9) months from the award date. Grant may be continued for up to one (1) additional year based on documented project success, availability of funding, and DBH Director’s approval of a Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) via a Continuation Modification and No-Cost Extension, if applicable. Grant recipients will be expected to begin project implementation on April 1, 2018 or after the Year 1 Work Plan and Budget and Budget Narrative Justification have been approved by DBH.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified Organizations:

In order to be eligible, an applicant must be able to enter into an agreement with DBH requiring compliance with all District of Columbia laws and regulations governing Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Grants (22A DCMR Chapter 44). Qualified applicants are identified as Community Prevention Networks (CPNs) affiliated with DC Prevention Centers (DCPCs) addressing substance use prevention. A CPN may enlist the services of a fiscal agent to apply for the grant on their behalf, if they are not currently a 501(c)(3) organization. If a fiscal agent is used, no more than 10% of the total grant award shall be used for their fee. If no fiscal agent is required, the maximum Indirect Cost/Overhead is 10% unless the Applicant/Grantee has a Nonprofit Rate Agreement (NICRA) with the Federal Government.

This is a reissue of a previous RFA issued in the Fall 2017; funds have been awarded for CPNs in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. This opportunity is available for CPN funding in Wards 6, 7 and 8 only. Qualified CPNs must have a physical location in the Ward they are proposing services.

Applicant must describe: (1) their readiness for Strategic Prevention Framework planning, (2) their understanding of local conditions that contribute to underage drinking and marijuana use among youth in their designated ward, and (3) their ability to develop a data-driven conceptual framework and to implement a combination of an evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies to achieve target outcomes.

One (1) applicant will be selected for each of the three (3) identified Wards (Ward 6, Ward 7 and Ward 8) within the District. Applicants may apply for more than one (1) award; but must submit a separate application for each ward.

The target population for this grant is youth between the ages of 12 to 18.

No mini-grants or sub-grants are permitted for any entity that is awarded funding under this RFA. Current DC Prevention Centers or their parent agencies are not eligible to apply.


During the term of the grant, all organizations will be required to obtain and keep in force insurance coverage as follows:

1. The Organization shall carry employer's liability coverage of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).
2. The Organization shall carry bodily injury liability insurance coverage written on the comprehensive form of policy of at least five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per occurrence.
3. The Organization shall carry automobile liability insurance written on the comprehensive form of policy, or applicable. The policy shall provide for bodily injury and property damage liability covering the operation of all automobiles used in connection with performing grant activities. Policies covering automobiles shall provide coverage of at least two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) per person and five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per occurrence for bodily injury and one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per occurrence for property damage.
4. The Organization shall comply at all times with the provisions of the workers' compensation laws of the District of Columbia or another State if the grant work is performed outside the District of Columbia. The Organization shall carry workers' compensation insurance covering all of its employees on the premises and in connection with its other operations pertaining to this grant.
5. All insurance provided by the Organization shall set forth the Government of the District of Columbia as an additional insured. All insurance shall be written with responsible companies licensed by the Government of the District of Columbia (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, WDC 20004). The policies of insurance shall provide for at least thirty (30) days written notice to DBH prior to their termination or material alteration.

Compliance with Tax Obligations:

Prior to execution of a grant agreement as a result of this RFA, a recipient must be in compliance with tax requirements as established in the District of Columbia and eligible jurisdiction and with Federal tax laws and regulations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The pre-application conference is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at:

Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
64 New York Avenue, NE, Room 242
Washington, DC 20002

Pre-Application Information:

Application must be submitted no later than 4:45 PM, Eastern Time (ET) by the deadline date of Friday, March 2, 2018,

Key Dates:
-RFA Release Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
-Pre-application Conference: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
-Application Submission Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018 4:45 PM ET

Contact Information:

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

Katherine Cooke Mundle, Program Monitor

Office of Fiscal Services (OFS)
District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
64 New York Avenue, NE, 244-X, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # RM0 PFS020218

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USA: Washington, DC: Ward 6, Ward 7, and Ward 8

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