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Broome County announces mini-grant funding for opioid overdose prevention efforts


(WBNG) -- Thursday morning, the Broome Opioid Awareness Council announced it is releasing $40,000 in funds for a year of mini-grants.

In a news release, the BOAC said the funding will be awarded for four projects that address specific deliverables and the work will be completed by community agencies to conduct opioid-overdose awareness activities.

The BOAC says the funds, which are up from $25,000 last year, will be available to non-profit organizations, community agencies, municipalities, and schools to develop, enhance or establish opioid-awareness activates in the county.

They said the awards "will be accepted for activities that address work with recovery peers, harm reduction education and messaging increased access to Narcan and education and prevention efforts around substance use disorders."

The grant application can be found by clicking here.

County officials say applicants will be awarded a contract until August 31, 2021, contingent upon successful program performance. They say projects will be funded depending on the scope of the projects that address one of the four subject areas. A total of four awards will be awarded for up to $10,000 each.

Posted below is what local leaders and officials said about the awards in a news release:

Director of Public Health Rebecca Kaufman:

“Fighting this public health epidemic takes a multi-faceted approach, and we are excited to offer our community partners the opportunity to again explore new ways of saving lives and reducing the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator Marissa Knapp

“We saw some exciting projects the past few years and again are looking for proposals to tackle this complex public health subject area which impacts all sectors and people in our community."

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar

“I am excited for the additional amount of funding available this year to help combat the opioid epidemic in Broome County. Thank you to the many community agencies who work to save lives in our area and finding new ways to reach people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to seeing new initiatives funded this year."

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