Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts – Improving Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for Underserved Populations and Communities

July 30, 2019 by


FORE will award grants to programs focused on removing barriers and improving access to and quality of MAT for the following (but not limited to) underserved populations:

  • Rural communities;
  • Urban and minority communities;
  • Children and adolescents;
  • Pregnant and parenting women;
  • Veterans;
  • Justice-involved individuals;
  • LGBT community; and
  • Native American and tribal communities


This public health crisis cuts across all demographics, geographies, and does not discriminate against one type of community. It is recognized that certain populations, less likely to be connected with MAT and ongoing care, have higher mortality rates. To illustrate a consequence of the disparity of need versus availability, opioid overdose deaths in rural areas outpace rates in urban settings, yet most buprenorphine prescribers are in urban locations.4 White youth are nearly two times more likely to receive treatment for their SUD than their counterparts among people of color.5 Post-partum women with OUD have the highest rates of overdose 6-12 months after giving birth; women are also less likely than men to be in treatment.6 Additionally, those involved in the criminal justice system are disproportionately affected by a lack of treatment options and are over forty times more likely to die from an opioid overdose within two weeks post-release.7 These are examples of some of the specific populations that require increased outreach, access to services, and more tailored or intensive services.


Applicants may request up to $300,000 annually for up to two years. Award amounts and project duration must align with the scope of work and the capabilities of the applying organization. Projects may be proposed for less than $300,000 annually and for less than two years in duration but may not exceed these limits.

Key Dates:

Jul. 17, 2019: RFP released

Aug. 1, 2019: Open webinar about FORE and RFP at 2:00 PM EST

Aug. 25, 2019: Letter of Intent (LOI) due by 11:59 PM EST

End Sep. 2019: Latest notification for request for Full Proposal

End Jan. 2020: Latest notification of final decisions (subject to change)

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