How to Find Funding for a Project

The Rural Community Toolbox website shares synopses of grants, financial aid programs, and other types of funding opportunities from federal agencies, and other federally funded programs, to help rural communities develop and implement programs and services to address and mitigate the impacts of substance use disorder (SUD) and issues related to SUD in their communities.

Searching for Funding

There are a few ways to search for funding on the website. To start from the homepage, you can click on Funding in the navigation bar across the top or in the tile towards the bottom of the page.

You can browse funding by:

On the Funding Programs by Type, Topic, and Eligible Applicant pages, you can click on the tile describing the specific type of work, topic, or applicant type that best fits you.

You can also use the search bar or browse funding programs by the federal sponsor.

Narrowing Your Search

When browsing a list of more than 10 funding opportunities, you can click on "Narrow results" to help guide and focus your search.

A pop-up window will appear. In the window you can select additional details to limit your search, including topic(s), funding type, eligible applicant, and the application status. The example below narrows the search to funding currently in an open application period to support a new program that tribal entities and community-based organizations/nonprofits can apply for focused on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Once you've selected factors to focus your search, click "OK" to browse a narrowed list of funding opportunities.

Then you will see the results of your search and the terms you narrowed by.

The more terms you add, the more focused your search will be and the fewer results you will get. To widen your search, click the "x" the upper righthand corner of the narrowing term you want to remove. Or to narrow your funding search further, you can click on "Narrow results" to add additional terms.

Deciding What Funding Program May Work for You

All funding opportunities include the name of the funding program, a brief description, application deadline information, and the sponsoring federal organization, as shown below. These details are intended to provide you with a snapshot of the funding program. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity, you can click on the program name to go to the program details page.

The funding program details page provides an extensive summary of the funding opportunity to help you learn about the program and determine if it may be a good fit to support the goals you are working towards to address SUD in your rural community. On the funding program details page you will find:

  • Links to the program page and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on
  • Sponsor details
  • A description of the program purpose and its intended goals, as well as other information and resources about the work the funding opportunity is intending to support
  • Information on funding award amounts, project length, and estimated total program funding
  • Eligibility details, including specifics about funding priority considerations or preferences and rural definitions and qualifications, describing who is eligible to apply
  • Information on the application process and helpful resources related to submitting an application
  • Program contact information

Learn More about Rural Health Funding Sources

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful in your search for funding related to addressing SUD in rural communities:

Last Reviewed: 9/11/2023