Can you give me some guidance on what size grant you envision rewarding on an individual basis? 

We anticipate that at majority of the grants will fall in the $2,500 - $20,000 range.  We encourage applicants to design a proposal that is targeted and cost-effective as possible and commensurate with the proposed scale of the program.

We, a nonprofit  organization, are seeking to partner with a school district to offer opioid-prevention programming. Since it is not a "routine" business cost and would be a payment for services, rather than a contribution, would the school district be allowed to use grant funds to pay the nonprofit organization for services?

Yes – they can subcontract out to your organization.  Another option, is that the nonprofit organization applies and names the school as your partner and then you would be the grantee.

Are there any formatting requirements (i.e. maximum/minimum number of pages, size of font, etc.,) for the grant?

The grant questions are located on the online portal - so it will automatically format for us (and for you!).  This is the only way we accept the grants.  Additionally, there is a word count limit but the only portal will tell you that based on what question you are answering.

The RFP directs us to the website ( to select from among evidence-based prevention programs.  That site ranks the programs in the database as “Effective”, “Promising”, and “No Effects”.  While I assume that proposals if programs with “No Effects” would not be looked upon favorably by the AG’s Office, can you give us guidance as to whether “Promising” programs would be allowed?

Whether or not an application is chosen depends, of course, on the strength of the entire package. It’s less a question what’s “allowable,” and more a question of how well the proposal would meet the needs of the population it intends to serve.

Is it also acceptable to use evidence-based prevention prevention programs listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP;


Can the funds be used for curriculum development?

Yes, the AGO is accepting grant applications from entities that will implement either a sustainable prevention curriculum or prevention programming within a public school or public school district in Massachusetts.

Is the budget supposed to reflect one year or a two year project? 

Please develop a budget that is reflective of a two-year project period.  Please keep in mind there is no “maximum” amount you can request, we just anticipate that most awards will range from $2,500-$20,000. 

Is limiting our proposal to elementary schools a problem?

Absolutely not! There is not requirement to work with both elementary & middle schools.

We were hoping to implement evidence based prevention curriculum in an after school setting, such as the Boys and Girls Club. Would this environment be suitable with the grant requirements or would this program have to be within a public school and/or district?

I would encourage you to still apply.  I recommend you include in your report the schools that will be impacted by your after school programming (i.e., where do the youth come from).  Also, if you have spoken with the school(s) that will be impacted please include that.  We like to see that relationships are being developed and collaboration is happening.

The RFP indicates that “travel expenses” may be included in the project budget. Do travel expenses also include meal expenses? The selected prevention program will require out-of-state training. The cost of training incorporates the cost of accommodations but not meals. The Town would like to incorporate meal expenses for trainees into the budget, if allowable.

Grant Funds may not be used to pay routine business costs, which include: Legal work (legal advice, litigation, etc.); Food; Transportation and/or lodging that is not directly connected to the grant project; Ongoing business expenses (e.g., renting office space, long-term equipment rental, etc.), however up to 10% of award may be used for administrative expenses; Payments to other organizations in the form of donations or contributions; or Lobbying efforts of any kind.

We are a nonprofit applying for a grant to partner with local schools to implement Life Skills. Do we need to submit an MOU with each school superintendent, or do we just have to indicate in the narrative that we have permission to work with them?

For now, please just indicate in the narrative that you have permission.  If awarded, we may have the grantees submit MOUs with their intended school when they return their contracts with our office.