Watauga County is Requesting Proposals to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Last Updated on April 4, 2023 12:30 pm

[BOONE, NC] – Watauga County is pleased to announce a funding opportunity aimed to reduce overdose deaths, emergency department visits for overdose, and illicit opioid involvement.

As part of the Opioid Settlement funds awarded to Watauga County, eligible organizations are invited to submit a proposal to implement evidence-based, high-impact strategies to address the opioid epidemic in Watauga County. 

As a result of the Opioid Settlement announced in July 2021, funds were awarded to North Carolina and counties/municipalities to bring resources to communities harmed by the opioid epidemic. Watauga County government is set to receive $3,024,789 over an 18-year period. 

In November 2022, Watauga County agencies and partners initiated a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) action planning process in which focus areas were highlighted.  In March 2023, the Watauga County Commissioners approved the utilization of $300,000 to fund two-year grant proposals based on strategies included in the agreement with the state. 

These requests will be accepted and funded as they align with the requirements included in the Request for Proposals grant application and available funding.

Interested organizations are invited to participate in an informational webinar on Tuesday, April 11th at 11:00 am. Written questions should be emailed to by 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, April 17th, 2023. All proposals are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2023.

Funding requests will be reviewed by a grant review committee and will include representation from the community with lived experience in substance use, public health, and Watauga County Commissioners. Funding recommendations will be shared by AppHealthCare on behalf of the review committee and be determined by the Watauga County Board of Commissioners.

For additional information and instructions, refer to the Request for Proposals grant application

Learn more about the Opioid Settlements for North Carolina

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