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Community and Faith-Based Organization Micro-grant Opportunity

On October 24th, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced at his Faith-Based Leaders Forum on Mental Health that the Commonwealth will be providing applications for micro-grants to community and faith-based organizations to help in Virginia’s fight against the opioid crisis as well as to address the mental health needs of their communities. Therefore, a total of $800,000 has been set aside for faith-based organizations to apply for a grant to provide care for people in their communities who are struggling with substance use and serious mental illness. The grants will be available in amounts up to $15,000.

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This grant program includes two distinct opportunities:

I. Community and Faith-Based Organization Pathways to Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services:

$500,000 in federal State Opioid Response funding has been allocated to support community and faith-based organizations in the expansion or establishment of substance use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and/or recovery services to individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), stimulant disorders, and other concurrent substance use disorders and their family and caregivers.

II. Community and Faith-Based Organization Pathways to Mental Health Disorder Support, Treatment, and Recovery Services:

$300,000 in federal Mental Health Block Grant Supplemental (ARPA) funding has been allocated to address service needs related to Serious Mental Illness (SMI) in adults and Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) in children. SMI is defined by someone over 18 having (within the past year) a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious impairment, substantially interfering with or limiting one or more major life activities. For people under the age of 18, the term SED refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.

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