The National Council on Problem Gambling has debuted an ‘Agility Grant’ program, which is designed to offer funding to non-profit organisations across the US for problem gambling prevention programs.
The strategic initiative, funded by the National Football League Foundation, features investments that are based upon the three core principles of innovation, collaboration and amplification.
Grants of $20,000 – $40,000 are expected to be awarded to between four and six organisation through round one, which will seek to support problem gambling prevention program growth in areas where it is deemed that there currently is a lack of adequate programming.
It is hoped that this will lead to harm reduction and improved well-being for individuals and families in more communities around the country.
“Problem gambling prevention providers are historically under-resourced,” noted Keith Whyte, NCPG executive director.
“These Agility Grants will provide support and help build some much-needed momentum towards reducing the long-term personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling.
“Funded projects will foster new ideas, elevate new voices and create new partnerships to strengthen the efficacy of prevention programming. We encourage all eligible organisations to apply.”
Applications for the first round of funding are being accepted today through February 22, 2022, with funding award announcements made in March 2022.
Evaluations will be based on several criteria, including alignment to the program principles and funding pillar strategies, as well as anticipated community impact.
Organisations may apply for grants under one or both strategic funding pillars of:
- Prevention innovation: To foster and accelerate the development, deployment or research of gambling addiction prevention programs and curricula to address key at-risk and priority populations.
- Amplification: To increase community awareness, response and support through the identification and elevation of new leaders, partnerships and voices within the problem gambling community-especially prioritising youth and leaders of colour.
The NCPG anticipates that round two of applications will become available for competition during the late summer or early autumn of this year.