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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Overdose Response


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2023


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)


Provides funding to support immediate responses to the opioid crisis in rural areas by improving access to, capacity for, and sustainability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorder (SUD).

Applicants must select from a list of allowable activities to support the goals of the funding program including:

  • Purchasing and distributing naloxone, fentanyl test strips, or other relevant supplies within the target rural service area
  • Establishing, improving, or expanding physical SUD/opioid use disorder (OUD) care delivery rates
  • Offering certification, formalized training programs, and/or professional mentorship opportunities to enhance providers' ability to care for individuals with SUD/OUD
  • Assisting uninsured individuals with SUD/OUD in the target rural service area with obtaining health insurance and accessing SUD/OUD treatment and other behavioral health and social services
  • Training peer recovery support specialists and coordinating placements in local SUD/OUD service delivery sites
  • Enhancing capacity to provide mobile crisis intervention services for individuals with SUD/OUD in the target rural service area
  • Improving capacity for and access to telehealth treatment services for SUD/OUD
  • Providing continuing education units (CEU) and continuing Medical education units (CME), recognized by their respective boards, which allow for providers to enhance their ability to provide care to individuals with SUD/OUD
  • Establishing services to reduce transmission of infectious diseases
  • Establishing a recovery home or other supportive housing program following all applicable local, state, and federal laws and policies when establishing and/or operating recovery housing and working with technical assistance providers to follow recovery housing best practices
  • Establishing a recovery community organization
  • Establishing social services to support individuals in recovery
  • Providing community-based screenings for SUD/OUD and related infectious disease

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: Up to $300,000 per year
Project period: 1 years
Estimated number of awards: 40
Estimated total program funding: $12,000,000

Who Can Apply

Domestic public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including community-based organizations; federally recognized tribes; tribal organizations; state, local, and territorial governments; and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

All service delivery sites supported by RCORP-Overdose Response must be exclusively located in HRSA-designated rural counties and rural census tracts. In partially rural counties, services supported by this award may only be delivered within HRSA-designated rural census tracts. Applicants can determine whether a specific area is designated as rural by using the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Training Providers

Application Process

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


For programmatic or technical questions:
Diana Wang

For grants management or budget questions:
Kimberly Dews

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards rural communities have received are described on the program website.

Topics This Program Addresses

Housing and Homelessness • Naloxone • Opioids • Prevention • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment