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

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Application Deadline is February 10, 2016

Media Contact: Phyllis Jones, Public Information Officer
 (202) 673.1937 desk  (202) 631.3077 mobile

Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) issues a Request for Applications (RFA)  for a grant to coordinate and implement the Synar Compliance Program in the District of Columbia.  The deadline for submitting an application for funding is February 10, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. EST.

Federal law requires the District of Columbia to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18.  The goal of this funding is to assist DBH in ensuring compliance through an organization capable of managing compliance checks with tobacco licensees.

A copy of the RFA also can be obtained from Jeanette Fortune, Grants Management Specialist, at 64 New York Avenue, NE, 3rd floor, Washington, DC 20002, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, please contact [email protected]

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 licensed through the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs;

  2. Have successfully managed a 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 in all eight wards

The grant award will be up to $60,000 and will be funded with the federal  Substance Abuse Block Grant. No mini-grants or sub-grants are permitted.

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

The deadline for submitting an application is February 10, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. ET, by delivery to Department of Behavioral Health, Attn: Renee Evans, 64 New Avenue NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002.  A late or incomplete application will not be considered.  For more information, please contact Jeanette Fortune, Grants Management Specialist, [email protected]