Funding Announcement - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

On November 29, 2017, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) community-based coalition enhancement grants to address local drug crisis grants.

ONDCP states that the purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce the use of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States.

Who is eligible?

Domestic public and private nonprofit entities that are current or former Drug-Free Communities (DFC) support program recipients.

What is the amount appropriated for these grants?

The anticipated total of available funding for CARA community-based collation enhancement grants is $2,750,000 with 55 estimated awards projected. The estimated award amount is up to $50,000 and the final deadline for the application is 11:59pm (Eastern) on January 29, 2018.

Where can I get additional information about this FOA?

For more information on project start date and eligibility criteria, please review the FOA.

Visit also SAMHSA's FFY18 Grant Announcements page and the specific page on this funding opportunity.

SAMHSA’s application procedures have changed. All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process. If your organization is not registered and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted.  No exceptions will be made. 

Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and (see Appendix A of the FOA for all registration requirements). 

SAMHSA will be hosting an applicant webinar on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 2-3pm ET.  
The webinar will provide information on how to submit applications to SAMHSA using NIH’s eRA System, including application and registration processes, requirements and validations, and the post-submission process.  The link to register for the webinar is:


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