Coalition Development Funding Available!




NOFO #001







Of the 95 counties in Tennessee, 61 are represented by a coalition, either established or in development. Our goal is to ensure every county in Tennessee is represented by a substance use prevention coalition. In order to do so, the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee respectfully asks for $500,000 non-recurring funds to direct to a coalition mentorship and coaching project to establish coalitions across the state and position them toward effective leadership. By using these funds, at least nine new counties will establish a substance use prevention coalition with a primary mission of preventing and reducing youth substance use. As a result, prevalence of use of youth substance use will decrease both in those communities and aggregately across the state, resulting in lesser negative consequences associated with substance misuse.

Primary prevention is one of the most cost-effective methods we have for addressing substance use.

When taken to the county level where coalitions operate, the cost savings increases significantly: the average savings in taxpayer burden spending in local communities in Tennessee where it has been measured is $13.33 (range of $6.92 to $17.73).1

Additionally, by investing in coalitions, decreases are also realized among teen pregnancies, truancies, domestic violence, crime, incarceration, child abuse and increasing academic success, community connectivity, healthy families, and economic growth.

Statutory Eligibility Requirements:

  1. County must establish a coalition with a mission focused on primary substance use prevention
  2. County applying for funding must not have a coalition funded by the State of Tennessee or federal government
  3. County must directly receive funding OR identify a nonprofit fiscal agent to oversee financial operations


Program Requirements:

  1. Utilize Coalition Development Toolkit provided by Prevention Alliance of Tennessee to methodically establish local coalition which was developed utilizing an evidence-based process
  2. Follow Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) evidence-based Strategic Prevention Framework process
  3. Engage in training and professional development to build skills and empower local stakeholders to prioritize prevention in an evidence-based approach
  4. Coalition stakeholders will begin accumulating hours to work toward achieving certification through IC&RC as a Certified Prevention Specialist
  5. Utilize mentors and coaches experienced in coalition development and operations provided through the project
  6. Identify sustainable solutions to extend coalition work beyond the project period


Expected Outcomes:

  1. One new coalition will be established in each funded county by February 26, 2022 as measured by Prevention Alliance of Tennessee membership and coalition membership rosters
  2. Coalitions will conduct sector analysis and establish representatives in all 12 sectors by April 30, 2022 as measured by sector analysis worksheets
  3. Coalitions will complete community assessment, guided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to allow data driven decisions to be made in coalition planning by June 30, 2022 as measured by completed community assessments
  4. Coalitions will complete problem analysis, guided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, using community assessment data to identify local issues as measured by completed problem analyses


Required Application Components:

Application is limited to 5 pages, Calibri font, 12 point with one-inch margins.

  1. Contact Information
    1. Name of person submitting application
    2. Fiscal entity
    3. EIN
    4. DUNS Number
    5. Phone number
    6. Email
    7. Mailing address
  2. Community Profile
    1. The Community Profile must include the following:
      1. Target population
      2. Demographic profile
  • School systems
  1. Law enforcement jurisdictions
  2. Government municipalities within the county
  1. Project Narrative
    1. The Project Narrative must include the following:
      1. Plan to recruit members from the 12 sectors (youth, parents, business, media, school, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious or fraternal organizations, civic or volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state or local agencies, and other local organizations)
      2. Applicant’s capacity to implement the approach
  • Implementation Timeline
  1. Anticipated 6-Month Budget
    1. Describe how you would allocate a 6-month budget (anticipated award approximately $35,000 – $45,000)


Applications are due by midnight December 17, 2021, CST to Confirmation of receipt will be issued for each submission received.




Important Dates for Funded Grant Recipients


Funding period: January 1, 2022 to June 29, 2022

Onboarding call: January 10, 2022, 10:00 am to 11:00 am EST / 9:00 am to 10:00 am CST

Mandatory training: January 25, 2022: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm CST

Monthly Check-in Sessions: second Monday of each month, 10:00 am to 11:00 am EST / 9:00 am to 10:00 am CST



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