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Opioid Affected Youth Initiative


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Application Deadline: Jun 28, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Supports efforts to implement programs and services to benefit youth and families impacted by opioid addiction. Program consists of two grant categories:

Category 1: Opioid Affected Youth Programs and Services grants support the implementation of intervention, prevention, diversion, and treatment services for children, youth, and families directly impacted by opioids and other substance use. Applicants are expected to partner with representatives from the following stakeholders:

  • Law enforcement
  • Education
  • Probation and community supervision
  • Juvenile court
  • Mental health service providers
  • Medical physicians/examiners
  • Prosecutors
  • Community-based substance abuse organizations
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Child protective services
  • First responders
  • Other community health agencies

Category 2: Opioid Affected Youth Training and Technical Assistance grants seek to build capacity and enhance the effectiveness of Opioid Affected Youth Initiative programming by developing and providing training and technical assistance to Category 1 grantees in order to promote best practices and innovative strategies to address challenges related to opioid and substance misuse.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • Category 1: $750,000
  • Category 2: $1,500,000

Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards:

  • Category 1: 11 awards
  • Category 2: 1 award

Estimated total program funding: $9,750,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible Category 1 applicants include:

  • States and territories
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Special district governments
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Native American tribal organizations other than federally recognized tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations with 501 (c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Small businesses

Eligible Category 2 applicants include:

  • Nonprofit organizations with 501 (c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses

Priority is given to applicants who propose projects that will promote civil rights, increase access to justice, support crime victims, protect the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must provide a sufficient narrative explanation describing how their project will advance work in one or more of the priority areas listed above.

Priority is also given to applicants who propose projects to benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants must provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.

For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application information, requirements, and instructions can be found in the funding announcement.

In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the June 28, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 12, 2021 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310
Live chat

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in FY 2020 can be found on the program website.

One rural community who received funding is Utah State University, which will implement school-based practices targeting opioid-affected youth in rural Duchesne County, Utah through the 4-H mentoring program.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Foster Care • Justice System • Mental Health • Opioids • Parents, Families, and Children • Prevention • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Youth