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Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR)


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Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers funding to enhance and expand the development and delivery of recovery support services (RSS) for people in recovery from substance misuse and addiction. Mobilizes resources within and outside the recovery community to improve long-term recovery for people with substance abuse and addiction through individualized RSS. Supports programs that are led principally by people in recovery from substance misuse and addiction and reflect the community being served. Funds may be used to build connections between recovery networks, between recovery community organizations (RCOs), and with other RSS; reduce the stigma associated with drug/alcohol addiction; conduct public education and outreach on issues relating to drug/alcohol addiction and recovery.

BCOR program requires activities to develop, expand, and enhance community and statewide RSS, including:

  • Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) designed and delivered by people who have experienced both drug/alcohol addiction and recovery, such as peer mentors, recovery coaches or recovery support specialists who can effectively extend the reach of treatment into the everyday environment of people seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.
  • Recovery Support Services (RSS) as non-clinical services that directly assist individuals and families to recover from alcohol or drug problems, including social support, linking to allied service providers such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid, and other human services assist with recovery and wellness that contribute to improved quality of life such as housing, child care, vocational, educational, legal, and transportation services.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $200,000 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 29
Estimated total program funding: $5,881,000

Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds for a portion of the project. Matching funds must be at least $15 for every $85 of federal funds awarded in each year of the grant.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) that are domestic private nonprofit entities in states, territories, or tribes. RCOs are independent, non-profit organizations led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery. To ensure that recovery communities are fully represented, only organizations controlled and managed by members of the addiction recovery community are eligible to apply.

Special consideration will be given to rural applicants, including applicants serving areas with an age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths that is above the national average and areas with a shortage of prevention and treatment services.

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Include a certificate of eligibility
  • Include a letter in Attachment 5 from the IRS designating that the applicant organization is a 501(c)(3)
  • Include a letter in Attachment 5 from the Board of Directors assuring that the organization submitting the application has served as a domestic non-profit recovery community organization for a minimum of two years

Grant recipients funded under Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) FOA TI-19-003 in FY 2019 and FY 2020 are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Enid Osborne

For grants management or budget questions:
Corey Sullivan

For grant review process and application status questions:
Samantha Dock Herbster

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • One Community One Family, Inc. in Batesville, Indiana received funding to increase Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS), increase cooperation and collaborative decision-making to enhance community-wide recovery support, reduce local stigmas concerning substance use disorder (SUD), and more.
  • Foundation for Recovery, Inc. in Las Vegas received funds to provide individuals in rural and frontier areas of Nevada experiencing substance addiction with one-on-one, telephone-based peer recovery coaching services, training on life skills and empowerment, and substance free social recreational activities.
  • St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin in Webster, Wisconsin used grant funds to support the Aftercare Peer Recovery Support Program, which will provide 600 residents of the St. Croix Reservation with quality recovery supports that utilize Ojibwe values and traditional medicine practices.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Education and Training • Employment • Health and Wellness • Health Education for Community and Patients • Housing and Homelessness • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder