What could your organization accomplish in the fight against prescription drug and opioid addiction and abuse if you had ten additional pairs of hands dedicated to direct service?


The Virginia Department of Social Services has released a Request for Applications for organizations proposing use of an evidence-based approach to reduce and/or prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse by engaging AmeriCorps members who will provide direct service in this effort.


AmeriCorps members may, for example, provide community awareness and prevention training; provide peer-to-peer support and recovery efforts; conduct drug ‘take back’ campaigns; and provide resource and referral support.  These options are not an exclusive list of eligible AmeriCorps service activities.


Applicants may be nonprofits, institutions of higher education, Indian Tribes, and local and state government entities.  Successful applicants must request a minimum of 10 MSYs (member service years, representing 1700 hours per MSY), use all funding awarded under this process within the Commonwealth of Virginia, and must be prepared to engage AmeriCorps members beginning in September 2018.  The maximum amount of funding available per MSY requested is $14,932.  AmeriCorps applicants must be able to demonstrate administrative capacity, and provide a match of at least 24% of the total project cost.   AmeriCorps members cannot displace or replace staff or volunteers.


The submission deadline will be April 2, 2018.  DSS will select and work with submitting organizations, whose applications will ultimately be submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  CNCS will make the final funding decision.


Additional information will be available on the website of the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service, at http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov.