Rhode Island’s 10,000 Chances Project

Funding Opportunity

The Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force is pleased to announce the launch of Rhode Island’s 10,000 Chances Project, a new initiative to reduce overdose deaths and save lives. This Project arrives at an important time as Rhode Island’s drug overdose crisis is worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rescue Workgroup of the Task Force is calling on Rhode Island-based community organizations to get more than 10,000 kits of the overdose reversal medicine, naloxone (Narcan®), into the hands of Rhode Islanders as soon as possible to curb the recent rise in overdose deaths.

Eligible organizations will receive a $5,000 grant to support naloxone distribution efforts.
Priority will be given to applicants that plan to distribute naloxone kits to individuals at high risk of overdose and families and friends of people who are at risk.

Here is how organizations can qualify for the competitive grant:

  • You are a Rhode Island-based non-profit organization.
  • You have experience with overdose prevention and response training.
  • You serve Rhode Island municipalities with the highest burden of drug overdose, including Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick, Warwick, and Woonsocket.
  • You complete an online application and commit to specific grant requirements.

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Interested in applying? View these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

1. How are organizations eligible for the grant?

  • You are a Rhode Island-based non-profit organization.
  • You have experience with overdose prevention and response training.
  • You serve Rhode Island municipalities with the highest burden of drug overdose, including Cranston, Pawtucket,
  • Providence, West Warwick, Warwick, and Woonsocket.
  • You complete an online application and commit to specific grant requirements.
  • Priority will be given to applicants that plan to distribute naloxone kits to individuals at high risk of overdose and families and friends of people who are at risk.
  • 2. What are the requirements of the 10,000 Chances grant?

    • Pick up 500 naloxone kits at the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team’s Medical Reserve Corps (RIDMAT/MRC) in Providence during your designated time.
    • Store naloxone in a locked, temperature-safe area per Instructions of Use Narcan Nasal Spray guidance.
    • Participate in a 30-minute virtual data entry training session with a Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) team member.
    • Distribute 500 naloxone kits to the populations identified in your application within three months of pick-up date.
    • Provide overdose prevention and response training and harm reduction resources to all naloxone recipients.
    • Enter all naloxone distribution data in the designated electronic Rhode Island Non-Pharmacy Naloxone Distribution and Tracking form.
    • Participate in monthly meetings with the Former Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Rescue Work Group.
    • Send confirmation email to the designated RIDOH team member upon completion of kit distribution. A $5,000 project payment will be initiated at that time.

    3. What are the grant requirements of overdose prevention and response training and distribution of harm reduction resources?

    • Approved organizations will be expected to provide overdose prevention and response training and harm reduction resources to individuals receiving naloxone. Examples include digital, paper-based, or person-to-person naloxone administration training and distribution of harm reduction supplies.
    • All person-to-person trainings must follow current COVID-19 prevention guidance (e.g., mask wearing, social distancing, non-contact pick up) set forth by RIDOH and the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulations.

    4. How do I apply?

  • Organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity can complete a 10,000 Chances Project application here.
  • 5. When is the grant application due?

    Completed applications are due by 9 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020.

    6. How many naloxone kits can my organization receive?

  • Upon approval, applicants will receive 500 single-step intranasal (nasal spray) naloxone kits. Each kit contains two doses of 4 mg/nl Narcan. Additional naloxone kits may become available.
  • 7. How much time will my organization have to distribute the naloxone kits?

  • Naloxone kits must be distributed within three months of the pick-up date.
  • 8. How should I properly store the naloxone kits?

    • Naloxone kits must be stored as indicated in this Instructions of Use Narcan Nasal Spray flyer.
    • Intranasal naloxone kits should be stored in a secure location at temperatures below 77°F (25°C) and with excursions permitted up to 104°F (40°C).
    • Intranasal naloxone kits should not be frozen or exposed to excessive heat above 104°F (40°C).
    • Intranasal naloxone kits should be kept in the box until ready to use.
    • 500 kits will equal 11 cases. The dimensions per case are 18.25” x 10” x 8.” Each case weighs 0.15 lbs.

    9. What should I know about picking up the 500 naloxone kits?

    • Naloxone pick-up will take place at the RIDMAT/MRC headquarters, 31 Elbow St. in Providence.
    • Once your application is approved, you will be given a specific pick-up date and time. Due to COVID-19, organizations must adhere to scheduled time.
    • Organizations should plan to have access to a vehicle (e.g., SUV or van) for transport.
    • Pick-up protocols must follow current COVID-19 prevention guidance (e.g., mask wearing, social distancing, non-contact pick up) set forth by RIDOH and the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulations.

    10. When will my organization receive the $5,000 project payment?

  • A $5,000 payment will be initiated by RIDMAT/MRC after the following have occurred:

    • All 500 naloxone kits have been distributed and tracking details have been entered into the designated Rhode Island Non-Pharmacy Naloxone Distribution form.
    • A confirmation email has been sent to a designated RIDOH team member.

    11. Who can I contact for more information?

  • Email Jennifer Koziol, RIDOH Drug Overdose Prevention Program Administrator.