Friday, October 10, 2014

Grants for School-based Prevention and Intervention Programs for Substance Use

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) is pleased to release a request for grant applications (RFG) from schools, community-based organizations and health organizations to support school-based prevention and intervention programs to reduce the risk of marijuana and alcohol use and prescription drug misuse by Colorado school-aged children. The Department released the RFG on Friday, September 12, 2014. The School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program (SAPI) was created with the passage of Senate Bill 14-215 (Colorado Revised Statute 25.5-1.206), which creates and makes appropriations from the Marijuana Tax Cash fund created July 1, 2014. The intentions of SAPI are to increase overall health, behavioral health, and educational outcomes for Colorado’s youth.

Eligible applicants must be a school or school district, a board of cooperative services, a nonprofit or not-for-profit community based organization, or a community-based behavioral health organization. The grants must be used to fund evidence-based programs delivered to at-risk youth ages 12-19 in a school setting. Awardees must also comply with other grant requirements established by the Department. This state fiscal year, the Department has $1,950,000 for grants and expects to make approximately 39 awards of approximately $50,000. Depending on the number of applicants and the needs throughout the state, there may be opportunities to fund some applicants more than $50,000. The grant period cannot begin before January 30, 2015 and must be completed by June 30, 2015 (which is the end of the state fiscal year).

Grant proposals must be submitted by Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:00 PM MDT. Grant award announcements are expected to be made on December 1, 2014. Responses to questions submitted on the RFG will also be made available on the Department’s website.

For more information, please contact Shannon Huska, School Health Services Program Administrator at 303-866-3131 or Please visit the website to find more information on the Request for Grants, updates and all associated documents on the School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Program.

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