The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is pleased to offer a funding opportunity to strengthen cultural humility and culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment to better serve racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. The Promoting Cultural Humility in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Grant will fund innovative solutions to improve the ability of OUD treatment providers to address the complex and specific needs of their patients.
The grant will be funded with up to $1.5 million from a recent settlement that resolved allegations that a Massachusetts mail order pharmacy failed to implement adequate safeguards against unlawful and dangerous dispensing of controlled substances, resulting in the shipment of thousands of potentially illegitimate prescriptions across the country.
Funding, Duration, and Anticipated Timeline
Grant awards will be issued in varying amounts up to $100,000. Indirect rates are allowed; however, we encourage applicants to be cost effective. Applicant budgets may or may not be funded in their entirety. All funding decisions will be at the discretion of the AGO.
Grant funds will be awarded with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2021. The maximum grant period will be 2 years. The AGO will not allow program extensions except for good cause shown.
For full background and grant details please refer to the RFP.
The following entities are invited to apply:
• Nonprofit organizations within Massachusetts; and
• Quasi-public entities.
Preference will be given to applicants that work with underserved communities and have experience with cultural humility frameworks and/or CLAS standards.
Nonprofit organizations must be in full compliance with all annual reporting requirements of both the AGO and the Internal Revenue Service, as applicable, in order to be eligible for funding.
- Proposals must be delivered electronically through the AGO’s online grant application process by 7:00 p.m. on October 23, 2020.
- Interested applicants may access the application here.
- New applicants will be asked to create a free online account. Any applicant that has applied for any grant using the online grant management system may log into its existing account.
- Confirmation of Receipt: Applicants typically receive an email confirmation within 48 business hours; if one is not received, please call Nathan Gardner at 617-963-2150 for further instructions and assistance.
Applicants with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodation, which may include the receipt of the RFP information in an alternative format, must communicate such requests in writing to AGOgrants@mass.gov no later than October 16, 2020.
Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to AGOgrants@mass.gov, only until 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2020. When submitting your question(s), please include “Promoting Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Opioid Use Disorder Treatment” in the email subject line. Questions received and answers provided regarding this RFP will be posted on this webpage.
Updates to RFP
September 10, 2020 – RFP and grant website amended to reflect an updated online application submission deadline of 7:00 p.m. on October 23, 2020.