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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 National Cancer Institute's definition of substance use disorders:

The use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or overthecounter drugs or alcohol for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in excessive amounts. Substance use disorders may lead to social, physical, emotional, and jobrelated problems.

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:

  • Evidence-based prevention programming
  • Screening and assessment
  • Person-centered supportive services for individuals in recovery
  • Transitional support/service navigation
  • Family education
  • Family peer support
  • Professional development for professionals across the sectors including health, education, youth, and substance use disorder treatment

For More Information

Substance Use Disorders grant guidelines for 2017 will be available in October 2016. If you are interested in submitting a grant application, please see our most recent Annual Grant Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when guidelines are posted for a new grant cycle.