The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) is requesting proposals for projects that support community-based organizations’ (CBO) capacity to reduce opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose mortality. FORE’s goal is to help CBOs enhance their ability to deliver services addressing the opioid crisis, particularly in communities where people are at greatest risk of developing OUD and dying from overdoses.
Community organizations have the trust of those they serve and understand what it takes to reduce barriers to OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery. Yet, these groups often struggle to find the flexible funding needed to maintain their operations or build partnerships that extend their work. Requests may relate to one of the following activities or may propose other activities:
- Conducting organizational assessments to identify needs and design a plan to increase organizational effectiveness that will help meet current challenges, overcome barriers, and result in intentional and productive enhancements in OUD service delivery
- Enhancing operational effectiveness to improve productivity and organizational functioning in areas such as administration, finance, human resources, and technology
- Strengthening communication efforts to raise awareness about an organization’s mission and attract attention and resources to the organization
- Expanding and stabilizing resources to develop financial stability by increasing the CBO’s ability to develop necessary resources and plan for longer-term sustainability, including the ability to apply for foundation, corporate support, and/or government funding streams
- Strengthening and evaluating programming to enhance access and delivery of OUD services to more individuals and families in their communities
- Fostering collaborations with a broader range of allies — e.g., child welfare, women and families, education, workforce, law enforcement, criminal justice, and primary and behavioral health entities — to strengthen community engagement that results in stronger and expanded services
Proposals are due October 21, 2022.