NACCHO Funding Opportunity: Implementing Overdose Prevention Strategies at the Local Level

NACCHO is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for Implementing Overdose Prevention Strategies at the Local Level. NACCHO will make up to twelve (12) awards available to build capacity at Local Health Departments (LHDs) serving large jurisdictions with a burden of high drug overdose deaths. Each LHD may request up to $750,000 to support project activities that address their community’s challenges related to drug overdose in two or more of these five categories of work:

5 Categories of Work Examples
Establishing Linkages to Care Employ peer navigators, enhance policies or programs, integrate technology, improve coordination
Providers and Health Systems Support Support guideline implementation, conduct clinical education or training, provide support for insurers and health systems
Partnerships with Public Safety and First Responders Enhance data sharing across partners, develop or strengthen partnerships to leverage resources/expertise
Empowering Individuals to Make Safer Choices Address stigma, deploy a communications campaigns, conduct or support harm reduction services
Prevention Innovation Projects Projects that allow jurisdictions to respond to emerging threats and to promote innovative prevention approaches and practices

This funding opportunity is open to high burden LHDs that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Reported 300 or more drug overdose deaths to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 2017
  • Counties that serve a population greater than 700,000 people according to the US Census Bureau, City and Town Population Totals: 2010-2017, Incorporated Places: 2010 to 2017, United States
  • If two or more LHDs cover the same jurisdictional county, only one will be awarded. LHDs are encouraged to work together on one application to serve their entire county and select one agency to submit the application and serve as a fiscal agent for the funds
  • LHDs located in jurisdictions where a city or county received CDC’s Overdose Data to Action award may not apply
  • Program funds cannot be used for purchasing naloxone, implementing or expanding drug “take back” programs or other drug disposal programs (e.g. drop boxes or disposal bags), purchasing fentanyl test strips, or directly funding or expanding direct provision of substance abuse treatment programs

All necessary information regarding the project and application process may be found in the Request for Application (RFA). The recording of the informational webinar held on October 7, 2019, is now available.

Applicants should review all terms and conditions to determine whether or not they are appropriate for submitting a proposal. Applications must be submitted through the online submission form no later than October 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm E.T. In fairness to all applicants, NACCHO will not accept late submissions.

Applicants may pose individual questions to NACCHO at any point during the application process by e-mailing

In addition to the $750,000 funding opportunity to support project activities, supplemental funds ($50,000) are offered for those recipients who wan.t to serve as Peer-to-Peer Learning Coordinators for a specific area of expertise within one of the five categories of work.