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Core Programs and Services:
Substance Use Disorders

Please Note: Grant Cycle Update

The Tower Foundation will now offer three opportunities per year to apply for funding for its Core Programs and Services grants (in Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders) as well as for Technology and Small Grants. This change from an annual cycle will ensure a shorter process that will help to lessen the administrative burden on grantees.  Learn more here.

Our Definition

The Tower Foundation has adopted the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's definition of substance use disorders:

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

Our Funding Goals

For our Substance Use Disorder category, we have identified four key goals:

  1. Community members understand the prevalence and harmful effects of alcohol and drugs, and work to address them.
  2. Resources for substance use disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery are readily available.
  3. Families provide safe environments that support healthy and informed choices about alcohol and drugs.
  4. Young people make healthy and informed choices about alcohol and drugs.

Strategies of Interest

While open to creative approaches, some preferred strategies for supporting our goals include:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Community-Based Education and Supports
    - Community and Professional Education
    - Family Supports
  • Transition/Service Navigation

For More Information

If you are interested in submitting a grant application, please see our 2017 Core Programs and Services Guidelines.  Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when guidelines are posted.