Funding Opportunity

Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions


BJA is seeking applications from individual practitioners or cross-sector teams from the same community or region interested in adopting bold solutions and reimagining how diverse organizations and agencies with different missions can engage with one another to address the persistent challenge of substance use and misuse in rural communities.

The Reaching Rural initiative is a one-year initiative designed for rural agency leaders or mid-level professionals working in counties, cities, or tribes as justice, public safety, public health, or behavioral health practitioners. Beginning in December 2022 and concluding in November 2023, selected participants will receive coaching and participate in skill-building workshops as well as virtual and in-person learning experiences.

Participation in the Reaching Rural initiative includes:

  • Travel and per diem costs to participate in an orientation, a field visit to observe the implementation of evidence-informed practices in a rural setting, and a closing session at the end of the twelve months. This is not a grant opportunity.
  • Monthly mentorship and guidance aimed toward your local needs.
  • Monthly assignments that help you apply core concepts to your local community or region.
  • Access to a diverse network of rural peers, innovative rural communities, and technical assistance providers.
  • Formal recognition for completing the planning initiative.

Participation is limited to up to 20 individual practitioners and up to 10 cross-sector teams.

Do you want to learn more about this initiative and application process? BJA will host a Reaching Rural: Advancing Collaborative Solutions solicitation webinar on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., ET. Register at

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