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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health


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Addendum 1 - Fentanyl Overdose Prevention Grant Request For Application (RFA) 23-10573

​This Addendum 1 was issued to revise and update the following areas of Fentanyl Overdoes Prevention Grant RFA 23-10573:

  • Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - A. Purpose
  • Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - C. Eligible Entities
  • Part 1. Funding Opportunities Description – E. Required Program Strategies
  • Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - H. RFA Schedule
  • Part 2. Required Application Components - C. Project Narrative
  • Part 4. Selection Review Process - D. Award Appeal Procedures.
  • Attachment A – Application Checklist​
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The changes are listed as follows:

Within Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - A. Purpose:

The California D​epartment of Public Health (CDPH), Center for​​ Healthy Co​mmunities (CHC), Substance and Addiction Prevention Branch's (SAPB) Overdose Prevention Initiative (OPI) is seeking applications from Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJ) local jurisdictions, agencies, community-based organizations (CBOs), or a combination therein, to implement evidence-based and community-driven public health interventions for preventing overdose from fentanyl and other opioids.

CDPH seeks to award LHJs, local jurisdictions, agencies, CBOs, or a combination therein that have clearly identified fentanyl overdose prevention needs and propose a Project Narrative and Work Plan, which includes objectives and activities, to address such needs.​

Within Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - C. Eligible Entities​:​

CDPH will award funding, on an evaluation basis, to LHJs local jurisdictions, agencies, or CBOs to develop, implement, and evaluate fentanyl overdose prevention and response activities in their communities. Applicants must show they have the capacity to adhere to the contractual, fiscal, and program reporting requirements of CDPH. 

Local jurisdictions and agencies are defined, for the purpose of this RFA, as local government agencies, departments, and programs; for example, but not limited to, local public health, local behavioral health, and local educational agencies. CBOs are defined solely by their non-profit status (described below).

Applications will be scored using defined scoring criteria. and following funding guidelines outlined in the California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 34019(f)(1)(K).

Within Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - C. Eligible Entities:
Non-profit Status:
  • CBOs, and Subgrantees must be a 501(c)(3) organization of the Internal Revenue Code. The definition of “CBOs” is only limited in that the organizations must have a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status. This requirement also applies to subgrantees. Non-profit organizations must certify their eligibility to claim non-profit status.

Within Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - E. Required Program Strategies

CDPH will fund existing established LHJs local jurisdictions/agencies/CBOs to implement Work Plans that include the following required strategies to address the fentanyl overdose epidemic. Applicants must integrate one or more of these four strategies into their Work Plan and include a description in the Project Narrative on how the strategies will be integrated in their work.​

Within Part 1. Funding Opportunity Description - H. RFA Schedule:


Date and Time Deadlines 

RFA Release 

August 21, 2023 

Submit Written Questions 

September 11, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST 

CDPH to Respond to Questions 

September 18 26, 2023@ 5:00pm PST 

Mandatory Letter of Intent  

October 9, September 11, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST 

Deadline to submit Application 

October 23, September 25, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST 

Notice of Intent to Award Posted 

November 27, October 23, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST 

Appeal deadline 

December 4, October 30, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST 

Expected Start Date of grant 

March 1, January 1, 2024  

Expected End Date of grant 

February 28, 2027 December 31, 2026

Within Part 2. Required Application Components - C. Project Narrative

4.  ​​Collaboration and Partnerships

Applicants must identify and describe partnerships and collaborations that will support their application, including a delineation of roles and responsibilities (established or planned). These partnerships do not need to already be in place and can begin with the development of this application. However, there must be a detailed plan on how these partnerships will be in place once the notice of award is granted. Partnerships can include, and are not limited to, government agencies and offices, non-profits, community-based organizations, community coalitions, and tribal organizations.

Applications must include letters of support or Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) from up to three non-applying organizations indicating agreement with the activities and partnership. Applications must include letters of support from key partners. If the applicant is a CBO, at least one letter of support must be from a local jurisdiction/agency. The letters must be on the partner organization’s letterhead and include the signature, name, and title of the organization representative. The letters do not count toward the Project Narrative page count.
Within Part 4. Selection Review Process - D. Award Appeal Procedures
Appeals shall be limited to the following grounds:
a) CDPH failed to correctly apply the application review process, the format requirements, or to evaluate the applications as specified in the RFA.
b) CDPH failed to follow the methods for evaluating and scoring the applications as specified in the RFA.
c) There was a material defect within the RFA.
d) Appeals must be sent by email to and received by October 30, December 4, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. PST. The CDPH Center for Healthy Communities Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, or designee, will decide the outcome of the appeal based on the written appeal letter. The decision of the Assistant Deputy Director, or designee, shall be the final remedy. Appellants will be notified by email within 15 days of the consideration of the written appeal letter. CDPH reserves the right to withdraw, or respond, to the satisfaction of CDPH.
Within Attachment A – Application Checklist:

Due by COB on September 25, October 23, 2023.
Coalition Grantee Name