Opioid grant funds available

Due to the extensive damage and loss of life caused by the opioid crisis that was brought on by the unethical and over-prescribing of opioid medications, the state of Tennessee will be receiving over $1 billion over the next 18 years in settlement funds from several large corporations. Bedford County has been allocated a portion of these funds, which will be received in annual payments. The county has established the Bedford County Opioid Council to oversee the spending of these funds to ensure they are used to remediate the opioid crisis and save lives.
Community Clinic of Shelbyville Bedford County Inc. is the sub-recipient approved by the Bedford County Board of Commissioners to manage the $224,618 allocation for the 2024 fiscal year. For-profit and not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for mini-grants. The Council will invite community organizations to apply for these funds annually.
For those who apply for funding, the Council will prioritize organizations formally structured to address substance use in Bedford County and serve Bedford County residents, and which use evidence-based programming backed by data. Funds must be spent on approved remediation uses as outlined by the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council.
The Bedford County Opioid Council 2024 grant cycle for application submissions is February 15, 2024 through April 15, 2024. The Council plans to announce awards before June 30, 2024 with funding to be dispersed on July 1, 2024.
For more information about the application process and requirements, as well as other frequently asked questions, please visit the Community Clinic website, https://www.shelbyvilleclinic.org , and email bedford-opioid@shelbyvilleclinic.org for a grant application.
A grant information meeting will be held 10 a.m. March 11 at Bedford County Business Complex, 200 Dover Street in Shelbyville.

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