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Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (CORE) Project

Grants and Support to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Indian Tribes, and
Indigenous Organizations to Assess Programs that Address Opioid Addiction

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pew Charitable Trusts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline Date:

08/30/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants and technical support to USA and territories nonprofits, local government agencies and non-governmental organizations, Indian tribal governments, and indigenous organizations to evaluate programs that address opioid addiction. Funding is intended to support community-based activities that research and assess established programs related to the opioid crisis. In addition to funding, the communities selected will receive assistance from an external evaluation advisor on the evaluations; collaborative learning opportunities across peer communities; and support for identifying strategic communications opportunities and conducting targeted media outreach to amplify results. The project will fund a diverse range of communities.

A full spectrum of programs will be considered, with specific attention to the understudied areas of prevention, recovery, and harm reduction. CORE seeks to support community-research collaboratives in evaluating innovative community programs that address OUD. Successful applicants must demonstrate: 1) preliminary information indicating the potential of their program; 2) robust partnerships across government and/or other stakeholders; and 3) a model that can be scaled in other communities.

The Pew Charitable Trusts (“Pew”) is supporting the Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (“CORE”) project to:

  • Identify a wide array of diverse communities implementing innovative, multi-sectoral, equity-focused programs to address the opioid epidemic;
  • Support evaluation of community-based projects to understand the impact of programs across public health, social services, health care, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings that work to prevent and treat opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (“OUD”) within affected communities; and
  • Develop and curate evidence-based resources for communities across the nation seeking to respond to the opioid epidemic.

Selected communities will be expected to meet project deliverables including:

  • Work collaboratively with a local evaluation partner to conduct program activities as specified
  • in the proposal.
  • Work collaboratively with an external advisor to the program and Pew for the duration of the project.
  • Develop and submit a detailed evaluation plan with selected evaluation partner and the external advisor for review and approval by Pew and Advisory Committee.
  • Submit annual financial and narrative updates on evaluation activities to Pew.
  • Develop in consultation with the external advisor a comprehensive final report detailing the evaluation process, results, and how efforts will be sustained after the grant period.
  • Attend annual CORE meetings and present evaluation updates.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls of CORE grantees (exact frequency may vary depending on the phase of the project).
  • Program staff and evaluation partner will facilitate local community onsite meetings with Pew and external advisor over the course of the project.
  • Participate in a CORE conference to share project findings with other community organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186577

Number of Grants:

Up to six awards will be made through this funding opportunity.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Programs may request a budget of up to and including $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Project duration is 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant criteria:
- Awards will be granted to organizations, not to individuals.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Proposals must discuss approaches focused in one geographically-defined community.
- Organizations that focus on individuals with, or at-risk for OUD, and represent diverse geographic areas are encouraged to respond.
- Eligible applicant organizations include public and private nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and non-governmental organizations, federally or state-recognized Indian tribal governments, and indigenous organizations.
- Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations.
- Only one proposal may be submitted per applicant organization, however; evaluation partners may serve in an evaluation capacity on more than one proposal.

Grant funds will only support research and evaluation activities of the applicant organization and evaluation partner; funds may not be used to support program work or to implement a new program.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Letters of Intent is 11:59 PM ET on August 30, 2019.

Letters of Interest for this solicitation must be submitted via the Pew online system. Register to receive an email invitation with a link and additional instructions. Once you register and login to the system you will be prompted to enter program information and upload your final letter. This system will be used for each phase of the project.

A select number of applicants from phase I will be invited to submit a full proposal of no more than ten (10) pages, including information on a confirmed evaluation partner.

Pew will aggregate and anonymize the questions and upload a revised FAQ document to the application site containing answers to all questions submitted by potential respondents by August 16, 2019.

Applicants should budget for two (2) in-person meetings in Washington DC with other project grantees (two participants can be budgeted to attend each in-person meeting).

Contact Information:

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

Register to receive an invitation to apply:

Leslie Paulson, Officer, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

Pew Trust
901 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004-2008

Funding or Pin Number:

SUPTI-RWJF-2019-01 (Phase I)

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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