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Department Issues Second Request for Applications for District-Wide Synar Compliance Program

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Application Deadline is March 18, 2016

Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) issues a second Request for Applications (RFA) for a grant to coordinate and implement the Synar Compliance Program (youth and young adult component) in the District of Columbia.  The deadline for submitting an application for funding is 4:45 pm, Friday, March 18, 2016.

The goal of this funding is to assist the Department in ensuring compliance with federal law that requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. DBH is seeking a contractor capable of recruiting, selecting, training, and managing qualified youth for compliance checks with tobacco licensees.

A copy of the RFA is available from the DBH Prevention office located at 64 New York Avenue, NE, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20002, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

To be eligible, an organization must:

  1. Meet the requirements of either a qualified non-profit with 501(c)3 status or a for-profit community-based organization and/or collaborative based in the District of Columbia, and be currently licensed through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs;

  2. Have successfully managed the Synar Compliance Program, Youth Component for a Single State Authority within the past five years, or have experience managing a program similar in method to the Synar program;

  3. Have past experience  addressing community and public health, substance abuse and behavioral health federal compliance issues, and

  4. Document capacity in the form of a plan which utilizes evidence-based practices to implement a Synar protocol for 300 to 500 compliance checks to reduce underage tobacco sales to youth in all eight wards in the District.

Approximately $60,000 is available to fund one grant award not to exceed $60,000. The grant will be awarded by DBH utilizing funds provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. No mini-grants or sub-grants are permitted for any entity awarded funding.

The grant award will be made for a period of one year from the date of award. The grant may be continued for up to four additional years based on documented project success and availability of funding for a total of five years. The grant recipient will be expected to begin activities by April 1, 2016.

The deadline for submitting an application is 4:45 pm, Friday, March 18, 2016, by delivery to  64 New Avenue NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 Attn: Renee Evans.  A late or incomplete application will not be considered.  For more information, please contact Jeanette Fortune, Grants Management Specialist, jeanette.fortune@dc.gov.