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Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR)


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Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2024


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 use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD). Supports programs that are led principally by people in recovery from SUD and COD that reflect the community being served and seeks to promote and educate communities about recovery and recovery services.

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

  • Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS) designed and delivered by people who have lived experienced with SUD, COD, and recovery, such as peer mentors, recovery coaches or recovery support specialists
  • Provide supervision, training, and mentorship to individuals providing PRSS and engage in outreach to diverse populations to recruit both peer specialists and peer supervisors
  • Provide culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, and evidence-based RSS that directly assist individuals and families to recover from SUD and COD and that also offer case management, counseling, and community supports to sustain long-term recovery
  • Establish partnerships between diverse recovery networks, recovery community organizations, and other recovery community partners, which may include the following:
    • Substance use and/or mental disorder treatment programs and systems
    • Primary care providers and physicians
    • Criminal justice system
    • Faith-based initiatives and organizations emphasizing recovery
    • Prospective employers
    • Child welfare agencies
    • Other RSS that facilitate recovery-oriented systems of care
    • Housing providers, including public housing agencies

Other allowable activities include providing harm reduction services, including medications to treat SUD, recovery housing, activities to reduce discrimination and stigma, public education and workforce development activities, among others.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $300,000 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 20
Estimated total program funding: $6,000,000

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), defined as independent, non-profit organizations wholly or principally governed by people in recovery from SUD and/or COD who reflect the community being served.

Special consideration will be given to states and territories that have not previously received BCOR funding, as well as to those proposing projects to address the needs of rural and underserved communities.

Applicants proposing to serve rural areas must identify a catchment area defined as one of the following:

  • Nonmetropolitan statistical area
  • An area designated as a rural area by any law or regulation of a state
  • Rural census tract of a metropolitan statistical area

To determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity, use the 2010 rural-urban commuting area (RUCA) codes.

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit documentation of their non-profit status
  • Include a letter from their Board of Directors certifying that it has met the criteria of a RCO for a minimum of 2 years

Additional provision of service requirements include:

  • A provider organization for SUD treatment and prevention, mental health, recovery support, or behavioral health services appropriate to the grant must be involved in the proposed project. The provider may be the applicant or another organization committed to the project. More than one provider organization may be involved.
  • Each mental health/SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery support provider organization must have at least 2 years experience providing relevant services.
  • Each mental health/SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery support provider organization must comply with all applicable local, city, county, and state licensing, accreditation, and certification requirements, as of the due date of the application.

Grantees that received a BCOR award under announcement TI-22-014 in fiscal years (FY) 2022 and 2023 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.

Applicant webinar recording and slides
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Jihane Ambroise, MPH

For grants management or budget questions:

For grant review process and application status questions:
Angela Houde

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in FY 2023 can be found on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Reality Check, Inc. in Jaffrey, New Hampshire
  • Talequah Men's Shelter in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc. in Oneonta, New York
  • Recovery Lighthouse in Warrensburg, Missouri
  • Hope House Ministries, Inc. in Ravenswood, West Virginia

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