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Deadline Extension - Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce a deadline extension to apply for funding under the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).

This grant program provides awards ranging from $600,000 to $6,000,000 for a 36-month project period to deliver assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.


Category 1: Local applications The objective of Category 1 is to encourage and support the development of comprehensive, locally driven responses to opioids, stimulants, and other substances of abuse that expand access to supervision, treatment, and recovery support services across the criminal justice system; support law enforcement and other first responder diversion programs for nonviolent drug offenders; promote education and prevention activities; and address the needs of children impacted by substance abuse.


Allowable Uses of Category 1 Funds Category 1 grant funds may be used to develop, implement, or expand a combination of the allowable use activities described below, or be concentrated on one, so long as the proposed budget is appropriate and justified.


Category 2: Applications from states on behalf of county, local, municipal, or tribal communities The objective of Category 2 is to support states in their efforts to implement and enhance one or more of the allowable activities detailed under Category 1 in a minimum of six geographically diverse counties, localities, or regions. The state may retain up to $800,000 in total (not annually) for administrative purposes and to support the mandatory deliverables. In addition to the $800,000 that may be retained for administrative expenses, a portion of the funds may be used to support an independent evaluation of project activities. The balance of the funds must be subawarded to local communities, regions, or tribal entities.


Deliverables for Category 2 Select a minimum of six geographically diverse localities or regions within the state and provide subawards to them within 9 months of the grant award. Implement one or more of the allowable activities detailed under Category 1. Support a robust planning period for the sites, if needed, to support implementation efforts at each of the sites. Coordinate cross-site training and peer-to-peer learning. If the proposed project is solely for program evaluation or includes an evaluation component, provide a copy of any evaluation report prior to the close of the grant period. Applicants applying for funding under Categories 1 or 2 must agree to work closely with a researcher selected by BJA who may conduct a site-specific or cross-site evaluation in future years.

Please note the UPDATED deadlines:

Grants.gov Deadline: June 21, 2021

JustGrants Deadline: July 6, 2021

To read the solicitation, please visit here. And to listen to a webinar that discusses the funding opportunity in more detail, please visit here.

We strongly encourage you to look into this funding opportunity as it can provide critical funding to address substance use in your communities. If you have questions about the solicitation, please reach to BJA’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center at grants@ncjrs.gov.

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