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Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch

​Local Cannabis Education and Youth Prevention Request for Applications (RFA) 22-11012

The California Department of Public Health, Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch (CDPH-SAPB) is soliciting applications via an RFA to fund, support, and expand local activities in the areas of cannabis education; prevention; and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change strategies in communities across the state.

CDPH-SAPB anticipates awarding funding to five local health jurisdictions to develop, implement, and evaluate cannabis education and youth prevention activities in their communities. The anticipated contract period will be June 30, 2023 to June 29, 2026, and each contract will be for up to $200,000 per year.

Projects must address the primary priority population of youth (ages 11–17), but projects can also include a secondary population, such as but not limited to parents, guardians, caregivers, school staff and administrators, and other adults and community-based organizations and leaders who are concerned about youth cannabis use; play an influential role in the physical, social, and emotional health of youth; and strengthen protective factors of California's youth population.

Projects must also integrate the following components:
A)         Apply a health equity lens.
B)         Address the social determinants of health (SDOH).
C)         Collaborate with multiple sectors. 
D)        Work within the multiple spheres of influence within the socio-ecological model (SEM), including individual, interpersonal, community, and societal factors.  
E)         Promote protective factors and address risk factors for substance use

The RFA outlines other requirements that proposed projects must include and follow. Interested entities are encouraged to review the “Eligible Entities" section of the RFA to read all eligibility criteria. Eligible entities are encouraged to submit materials by the timeline outlined in the RFA.

Tentative RFA Schedule

EventDate and Time Deadlines
RFA ReleaseFebruary 13, 2023
Submit Written QuestionsMarch 15, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST
CDPH to Respond to QuestionsMarch 22, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST
Mandatory Letter of Intent March 31, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST
Deadline to Submit ApplicationApril 12, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST
Notice of Intent to Award PostedMay 12, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST
Expected Start Date of ContractJune 30, 2023
Expected End Date of ContractJune 29, 2026

RFA Questions and Answers

​See the RFA Questions and Answers (PDF) document​. ​​ 

RFA Documents​


For questions, please contact us at cannabis@cdph.ca.gov.
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