Funding Opportunity

Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic


On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant solicitation. This is part of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP). These demonstration projects are designed to build capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation.

The Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant is designed to leverage the combined resources and expertise of BJA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State Justice Institute, along with other federal partners, to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions.

Under this solicitation, up to eight rural communities or regions will be selected for an award of up to $750,000 each for a 24-month time period.

How to Apply

All proposed activities supported by this solicitation must exclusively target populations residing in rural communities or rural census tracts in urban or suburban counties as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. The applicant organization does not need to be physically located in a HRSA-designated rural area. However, the applicant organization must have the staffing and infrastructure necessary to oversee program activities, serve as the fiscal agent for the award, and ensure that local control for the award is vested in the target rural communities. Finally, the applicant organization must be able to convene an interdisciplinary workgroup that is representative of rural entities. Applicants may apply to serve a single community or multiple communities within a larger region so long as all the communities are rural as defined above.

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on July 26, 2019. For more details, you may access the full announcement here: Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic.

Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to

Applicant Webinar

A webinar about the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant and the application process was held on June 26, 2019.  A recording of this webinar is available at  To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

Additional Materials

The following materials provide additional information that will assist applicants in developing their responses to this solicitation.


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