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Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants

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Short Title: ROTA
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: TI-19-010

Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019

Application Due Date: Friday, June 07, 2019

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.788

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants (Short Title: ROTA). The purpose of this program is to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for rural communities on addressing opioid issues affecting these communities. It is expected that grantees will facilitate the identification of model programs, develop and update materials related to the prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD), and ensure that high-quality training is provided.

Through this program, SAMHSA will build upon a collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA provides Cooperative Extension Services programs to improve the quality of people's lives by providing research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agriculture enterprises. Extension experts focus on issues which affect rural communities. The USDA has recently identified opioid misuse in rural America to be one of the areas of focus of these programs. SAMHSA’s ROTA grants will build upon these Cooperative Extensions through expanding their reach.


Eligible applicants are existing USDA Cooperative Extensions grantees. ROTA grantees that received an award in FY 2018 under announcement TI-18-022 are not eligible to apply for this program. Applicants must submit a signed Certificate of Eligibility (refer to Appendix L – Certificate of Eligibility) in Attachment 1 of the application. [See Section III-I for complete eligibility requirements.]

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $6,600,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 11

Anticipated Award Amount: $550,000

Length of Project: 2 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $550,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

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