Empowering BIPOC Communities in the Opioid Response Grant

Nspire – A Park Community Initiative, Inc. has partnered with the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) to offer a grant opportunity to raise awareness about substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD), address stigma associated with SUD/OUD and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), and promote greater access to MOUD and other SUD/OUD prevention, treatment and recovery support services, with a primary focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The opioid epidemic has primarily focused on White suburban and rural communities, however BIPOC communities are similarly experiencing dramatic increases in substance use and overdose deaths. Furthermore, the COVID-19 Pandemic has revealed and exacerbated longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in behavioral health care. Thus, this grant opportunity aims to reduce these disparities by increasing outreach and engagement within BIPOC communities that are underserved and most at risk.

Awarded funds will support community campaigns and outreach activities that increase community understanding of SUD and OUD, MOUD, prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery support services and how these services can be accessed within communities of color. This grant opportunity is focused on communities of color and vulnerable populations that are disproportionately impacted by OUD and criminalization of SUD, and that often have less access to treatment and information about OUD and SUD supports. These include but are not limited to Black/African American, Native American, Latinx, and Asian-Pacific Islander communities in Kentucky.

We are seeking applications from organizations that encompass health equity as an organization and will develop and implement culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate outreach and awareness projects. This grant opportunity is intended for organizations and partners who possess cultural humility and responsiveness, and reflect the racial, ethnic and cultural community they intend to serve so that project activities/materials are tailored and utilize stigma-reducing approaches that address systemic and cultural barriers to SUD and OUD treatment.

Partners who may apply for the Empowering Communities of Color in the Opioid Response grant opportunity include, but are not limited to, community organizations, recovery support organizations, and social service providers invested in and reflective of impacted communities of color. Selected organizations will be required to establish and adhere to a clearly outlined approach to increase outreach, awareness, education and/or stigma reduction within communities of color.

For a Glossary of Terms and Acronyms, please visit https://nspirechange.org/empowering-communities-grant/


Nspire will fund at least 11 organizations that meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Lead applicant must be a nonprofit organization with 501c status.
  • Located in the state of Kentucky.
  • Provide social services in the state of Kentucky to persons that use opioids (e.g. heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl) and/or stimulants (e.g. cocaine, methamphetamine)
  • Are a community-based organization with established community relationships that reflects and has a history of investment and engagement within communities of color. Organizations should have a history of working with BIPOC communities and reflect those communities via board representation, staff, client services and/or neighborhood where services provided.


  • Federal Funding Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA; TI-83-283)
  • Award Ceiling: $15,000
  • Budget: Submit a 8-month budget with an anticipated start date of 10/1/2021
  • Project Period: 10/4/2021 – 6/30/2021 with the potential for renewal
  • Cost Sharing/Match Requirement: No
  • Service Delivery Data: To begin no later than 30 days from receipt of contract.
  • Reporting Requirements: Awardees must submit quarterly progress reports that capture data related to performance measures identified in their contracts and financial reports detailing project expenditures.

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2021 – September 15, 2021. Full applications must be submitted by midnight, September 15, 2021 for consideration. Nspire, in conjunction with KORE, will review and select applications submitted by eligible organizations. The selected organizations will be notified of award by September 17, 2021.


  • Start-up staff time to develop and implement project activities.
  • Development and circulation of materials (e.g. printed educational materials).
  • Implementation of a culturally responsive, linguistically appropriate stigma-reduction campaign.
  • Community outreach events to foster conversation and understanding of SUD/OUD and/or MOUD.
  • Cannot supplant current funding of existing activities. “Supplant” is defined as replacing funding of a recipient’s existing program with funds from a federal grant.
  • Cannot support non-evidence based treatment approaches.
  • Meals are generally unallowable, however funds can be used for light snacks.


Proposals will be screened to ensure minimum eligibility requirements have been met. Proposals meeting minimum eligibility requirements will be assessed by the Nspire and KORE review committee and funded on a competitive basis.


Activities and materials developed through this grant opportunity must be related to substance use, specifically the use of opioids and stimulants, and should focus on one or more of the following:

  • Increased understanding of SUD, OUD, and stimulant use disorder within BIPOC communities.
    Example key message: Addiction is not a choice. It is a disease.
  • Reduced community and individual stigma through increased recognition of the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
    Example key message: When we stop the stigma, we support recovery.
  • Increased knowledge of evidence-based treatment, including MOUD, and recovery supports, how to access these services, and reducing stigma associated with seeking/utilizing these services.
    Example key message: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder is not substituting one addiction for another.
  • Increased knowledge of available harm reduction services, such as local Syringe Services Programs and naloxone, how to access these services, and reducing stigma associated with seeking/utilizing these services.
    Example key message: Naloxone Saves Lives.

NSPIRE will provide support to awarded organizations in order to help develop and implement project activities including messaging, materials, event planning and other proposed activities. Also, awarded organizations will participate in a learning collaborative along with other awardees, which will provide the opportunity to share experiences, successes and barriers, and foster collaboration.


Possible Points:

  1. Mandatory Submission Requirements: Pass/Fail
  2. Project Narrative Evaluation Criteria
    Organization Overview = 30
    Population of Focus and Statement of Need = 10
    Proposed Project Activities = 50
    Sustainability = 5
    Evaluation Process = 5

Total points possible for technical proposal = 100

Mandatory Submission Requirements

  1. Project abstract/summary of proposal. (The abstract is a summary of the grant proposal and highlights the most important components of the proposed project. It should include the population(s) to be served, strategies/activities, project goals and measurable objectives)
  2. Project Narrative
  3. Detailed Budget Worksheet and Narrative using template provided at https://nspirechange.org/empowering-communities-grant/. Download and fill-out the Detailed Budget Worksheet located under Mandatory Submission Requirements; then upload it with your application.
  4. Copy of the 501(c ) IRS letter indication non-profit status.

All materials must be submitted via the online application system at https://parkcommunity.academicworks.com/opportunities/91.

Please submit questions regarding proposals to Andrea Brown, KORE Project Leader, Andrea.Brown@parkcommunity.com.

Opportunity Administrator