Opioid Resource Grant Program

AmerisourceBergen Foundation

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen Corporation (“AmerisourceBergen”) provides pharmaceutical products, value-driving services and business solutions that improve access to care. Tens of thousands of healthcare providers, veterinary practices and livestock producers trust us as their partner in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

AmerisourceBergen manages the transportation of medication, including controlled substances, from manufacturers to licensed pharmacies and hospitals. We recognize that we have a responsibility to positively impact the communities in which we operate.

Our company’s role in the healthcare supply chain uniquely positions us to contribute important expertise and resources to the battle against opioid abuse in the United States. Within our own operations and by joining other healthcare stakeholders, government entities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and individuals; we have made these commitments to address the opioid crisis:

  • Ensure safe and secure pharmaceutical distribution healthcare-related services
  • Maintain operational integrity
  • Advocate for the highest regulatory standards
  • Support the communities in which we operate

AmerisourceBergen Foundation

To fulfill the Company’s commitments to the communities we impact, AmerisourceBergen created the AmerisourceBergen Foundation (“Foundation”), as a separate, not-for-profit charitable organization, distinct from AmerisourceBergen Corporation. The Foundation receives charitable contributions from AmerisourceBergen Corporation (“AmerisourceBergen”) and others, and uses these resources to support health and education-related causes that enrich the lives of our global community. To accomplish this goal, the Foundation partners with organizations aligned with our Company purpose that “We are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures.”

The Foundation provides funding for programs and organizations that focus on expanding access to quality healthcare—both human and animal—to strengthen communities around the world. As the current epidemic of opioid abuse and misuse is afflicting the United States, too many people are experiencing it first-hand as they or their loved ones battle opioid addiction. It is a crisis that demands attention, action, and accountability. For these reasons, we are committed to providing communities across the country with support and resources to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse.

Our Focus on the Opioid Epidemic

To inform the Foundation’s strategy related to opioid abuse, we held an internal focus group with AmerisourceBergen associates to understand their perspectives and concerns related to the subject. Safe disposal, and education around prevention, emerged as priority areas for funding. Thus, we have identified key areas of focus that include safe disposal and education around prevention.

Our Current Initiatives

To address our areas of focus, in 2017 and 2018, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation has funded several grants. However, we know that there is more to be done. To address the safe disposal and destruction of unneeded medications, we launched our municipal support program:

Safe Disposal Municipal Support Program

In December 2017, the Foundation launched a program to provide communities with a safe solution for site-of-use disposal. Specifically, we are offering free disposable resources, like deactivation pouches and products, that deactivate unused or expired prescription medications in a safe and effective manner. We have worked with organizations across the U.S. to distribute these resources and the program is ongoing. 

Opioid Resource Grant Program

Understanding the need for expediency, and to simultaneously balance an objective of developing long-term solutions, our initial opioid resource grant offering will be dedicated to generating ideas from those who know best, tapping into bright and innovative organizations across the U.S.

We invite nonprofit, grant-funded, 501(c)3 organizations to apply for a grant, by providing proposals that describe how the AmerisourceBergen Foundation can best contribute resources and funding to address opioid misuse. Grants will be awarded for the most innovative and constructive solutions and priority will be given to concepts addressing these three key areas of focus:

  • Safe disposal
  • Education around prevention
  • Innovative solutions

Funding requests for treatment/recovery and treatment-related research are not in line with the above focus areas and will not be considered. 

Grant Program Considerations

The size of grant disbursements will depend on the needs of each grantee, up to $100,000 per grant. We expect the average grant size to be between $50,000 to $75,000. 

Although not required, we encourage multiple organizations to develop a collective, collaborative partner submission. Partnership, for these awards, is defined as an arrangement between two or more entities or organizations that share a joint interest, where skills, talents, finances, and other resources are shared to achieve a common outcome. Additionally, partners will have entered a documented contract or agreement to work together. Partnerships are expected to exist for at least two years following these awards, in order to increase the capacity to address the misuse of opioids.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and leverage existing, proven, evidence-based frameworks and strategies.

Applicants may also propose original and innovative projects, or customize and build upon publicly available projects and/or strategy models, as well as existing tools and materials, while avoiding the duplication of existing materials.

Applicants are especially encouraged to submit concepts for innovative solutions to end the opioid epidemic.

Applications focusing on education may include new concepts or approaches, or proven models. Education initiatives may address a wide spectrum of needs, and priority will be given to the effective dissemination of the following topics:

  • Provider education about appropriate opioid prescribing
  • Patient education about the risks and effects of prescription opioids, and what to do if they have concerns about addiction
  • Public education, especially aimed at rural communities
  • Training to reduce youth risk factors, such as delinquency, and boost protective factors, such as decision-making skills for problem solving and resisting peer pressure
  • Addiction as a childhood onset condition
  • Preventing teens from initiating problematic opioid use in the first place
  • Advising parents of teens to lock up prescription opioid medications and dispose of old pills
  • How youth can effectively cope when living with adults with addiction

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We invite nonprofit, grant-funded, 501(c)3 organizations to apply for a grant.
  • Grantees may include municipalitites and their departments (for product donations only).
  • The grantee’s project or program must align with the Foundation’s mission and areas of focus.


  • Funding requests for treatment/recovery and treatment-related research are not in line with the above focus areas and will not be considered. 
  • The Foundation does not make grants to customers, or affiliates of customers, of AmerisourceBergen.
    • The Foundation may fund a project or program of a coalition that includes one or more customers (as long as such customer is a non-profit entity) or the charitable affiliates of customers of AmerisourceBergen Corporation as long as the following conditions are met:
      • the grant must be restricted for charitable purposes,
      • the grant may not be paid to the customer or its affiliate, and 
      • the coalition must be memorialized by a letter of intent or memorandum of understanding.
  • The Foundation does not make grants to state governments, agencies, or governmental entitities with regulatory oversight of AmerisourceBergen. 
  • The grantee’s project or program cannot be limited to serving a narrowly defined group of individuals, but must instead serve a broad charitable class.
  • The grantee cannot lobby as a substantial portion of its activities, support political causes or campaigns, or operate to benefit or promote the interests of elected officials.