Request for Applications: Overdose Prevention and Response Mentorship Program

Please note, the original version of this RFA released on November 22 has been revised.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to local health departments (LHDs) through a Request for Application (RFA) process. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is offering a funding opportunity to participate in a new mentorship program with peer local health departments (LHDs) to learn, share experience, and implement a program related to community overdose prevention and response activities through the Overdose Prevention and Response Mentorship Program. This mentorship program is designed to:

  • Pair LHDs that have experience in developing overdose prevention or response programs in key strategy areas (see below) with peer LHDs interested in receiving assistance, guidance, tools and resources to start planning or expanding their jurisdiction’s response.
  • Spread model and evidence-informed overdose prevention and response practices.
  • Establish a network of LHDs that can learn from each other and share tools and resources on overdose prevention and response activities.
  • Improve NACCHO and CDC’s understanding of challenges and facilitators in disseminating best practices in the field and identifying needs for planning new programs.

The project period of performance will be from contract execution, (approximately) January 2020 to July 31, 2020.  Each selected mentee will receive funding of $50,000 to complete the program and associated deliverables.  The amount awarded to each selected mentor will be contingent on the number of eligible applications received (mentoring one (1) mentee: $50,000; mentoring two (2) mentees: $100,000; mentoring three (3) mentees: $150,000). NACCHO plans to announce the selected agencies on the week of January 6, 2020. Funding estimates for the overall program and for individual projects may change.

There are separate mentor and mentee applications; requirements and full details of the project are available in the respective RFAs. The applications for both mentors and mentees and their associated deliverables schedules have been edited to further clarify the type of contract, budget requirements, and payment schedule.  No changes have been made to the eligibility, project requirements, strategy areas, or key activities. As such, the deadline for applications has been extended. Applications must be submitted to NACCHO’s Overdose Prevention Team at by Friday, December 27, 2019, at 8:00pm ET. Submissions after this deadline will not be considered. In addition, a set of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed to address common questions regarding this opportunity.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

2 thoughts on “Request for Applications: Overdose Prevention and Response Mentorship Program

  1. Lloyd R White, RS MPH
    December 11, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Hello: Where may i locate the application to apply for the mentor grant?

    1. Kim Rodgers
      December 11, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      Hi, Lloyd! The link to the mentor grant is in the last paragraph of the blog post. You can also access it at:

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