KFA Grant Program
The opioid epidemic continues to take an enormous toll both nationwide and in Kansas, with the number of drug overdose deaths since 1999 nationally surging past 1 million and the numbers of deaths in the state steadily rising in recent years.
Kansas has worked to address the opioid problem by reaching multiple legal settlements with and bringing accountability to major pharmaceutical companies, distributors and related firms that fueled the addiction crisis. In 2021, the Kansas Legislature passed the Kansas Fights Addiction Act, authorizing the state to use money recovered by the Attorney General’s Office through the settlements to tackle substance abuse and help ensure addiction services are provided throughout the state.
The Kansas opioid settlements are split into two funds – 75% going to the KFA fund and 25% to the Municipalities Fight Addiction Fund (MFAF), with $200,000 dedicated annually to K-TRACS, the Kansas prescription drug monitoring program. The KFA Act directs all recovery to opioid and SUD abatement. The MFAF 25% is distributed evenly across the 205 participating counties and municipalities. Per the KFA Act, the 75% of settlement dollars allocated to KFA is administered through a grant review board.
The enacting legislation authorized the attorney general to create the 11-member Kansas Fights Addiction Act Grant Review Board. The board oversees the KFA grant program, which will provide funding opportunities for eligible state agencies, local and county governments and nonprofit organizations that provide services in Kansas for the purpose of preventing, reducing, treating, or otherwise abating or remediating substance abuse or addiction.
Sunflower Foundation serves as the administrator for the KFA grant program and provides other support services to the KFA board. The program’s initial round of funding, made available through a Request for Proposal grant application process, opened in March 2023.
The first Kansas Fights Addiction RFP funding opportunity is now open, with $3 million available to support strategies related to treatment, recovery, reducing harm associated with substance use, and linking people to support services and care. Interested organizations may apply for up to $200,000 and must submit a confirmation of intent to apply by 5 p.m. March 30, 2023. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. April 28, 2023. A second RFP prioritizing prevention, providers and health systems, and public safety and first responders is anticipated to be announced May 8.
Click below to download the first Kansas Fights Addiction RFP and fill out the survey to show your Confirmation of Intent to apply:
Director of Kansas Fights Addiction
785.232.3000, Ext. 115
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs will be compiled and shared publicly as new questions and information becomes available. Below is a list of initial questions we anticipate arising:
Where do I find the Sunflower Foundation Grant Management System to submit my online application?
The online application will open on March 21, 2023, and can be found on the KFA Portal.
How many priority areas and strategies may an entity apply for?
Entities may apply for multiple strategies within a priority area or across priority areas. Applicants should include goals and responses in the application that reflect activities for all strategies selected.
Will there be an opportunity to renew the grant if awarded?
The Kansas Fights Addiction Grant Review Board has not established funding priorities for futures years at this time. The board is completing a needs assessment that will assist in future funding strategy development.
If an entity received direct funding from the Municipalities Fight Addiction Fund (MFAF), can it also receive KFA funds from the settlement?
Yes. However, these applicants should clearly describe the need for KFA dollars, MFAF budget and activities plans, and ensure that funding is not supplanted.
Are letters of support required?
What if the applicant organization does not know or is unable to obtain information related to what their local MFAF funds are being used for?
While it is not required that applicant organizations coordinate activities with MFAF activities, it is strongly encouraged to ensure that no duplication is occurring, and funds are being best utilized and leveraged. It will be expected that any awarded grantees make their best effort to collaborate with MFAF and other opioid and SUD related funding sources in their community.
OK, I’m ready to fill out the online application… now what?
Sunflower uses an online grants management system called FLUXX.
Create a Fluxx account with Sunflower:
Set up an account on the KFA Portal.
- Click on “Create an account now” (lower right side of screen) and follow instructions.
- When your registration has been processed and approved by Sunflower Grant Staff, you will receive an email with your Fluxx Username and a link to set your password.
- Use your login/password to enter the Fluxx portal and the KFA application card will appear and allow you to begin your application on March 21, 2023. The KFA FLUXX Technical Assistance Guide will walk you through how to register and navigate the system.
*Note – if your organization has registered in the Sunflower Foundation grants management system in the past, you will need to create a new account within the KFA system, which is separate related to KFA grants only and does not connect to the general Sunflower Foundation grants management system.
How long will it take to review my application?
Timing is dependent upon scheduled meetings of the Kansas Fights Addiction board. Reviews are scheduled to occur between the dates of May 12, 2023, and July 14, 2023, and will be presented at the following KFA board meeting for board review and approval.
If our request is approved, what are the next steps?
Sunflower Foundation will email a Letter of Agreement/LOA (grant contract), which includes payment and reporting schedule, dependent upon size and length of grant.
How many applications may one community or one organization submit?
Communities and organizations can submit more than one application when and where applicable, however funding is limited. It is highly encouraged that organizations and communities collaborate to maximize impact and minimize number of applications. The Kansas Fights Addiction Act requires at least 1/8 of awarded funding each year be spent in each of the four congressional districts, thus geographic distribution will be considered when making awards.
Will my grant be considered if it includes a capital project?
Yes, capital projects will be considered. We believe capital to include individual items over $5,000 with a useful life of one year or greater. However, capital projects will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Capital projects will require extensive review and consideration. Capital projects must be deemed necessary to successful implementation of the allowable associated opioid abatement strategy.
Where can I find the Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee’s state plan referenced in the RFP?
Click this link to view the state plan.
Are fiscal agents/sponsors allowable under this funding?
Fiscal agents/sponsors are allowable only if the fiscal agent/sponsor organization is directly providing a portion of the services under the grant themselves. An entity serving only as a pass-through entity is not allowable.
Can you further define or provide examples of what is considered supplantation?
The Kansas Fights Addiction Act prohibits grantees from replacing existing funding with KFA funds. Replacing existing funding or efforts would be considered supplantation. However, supplementing, adding to, expanding, or enhancing existing work is allowable. For example, if a city were to decide to reduce or replace previously allocated city funds with KFA funds to support an existing abatement program, this would be considered supplantation and unallowable.
If an entity would like to apply for more than one grant, do they need to complete more than one confirmation of intent survey?
Yes, the organization should submit one confirmation of intent survey per grant application. For example, if an organization would like to apply for three separate grant applications for services in different areas of the state, that organization should submit three confirmation of intent surveys.
Are churches and religious organizations eligible to apply?
Yes, active churches and religious organizations in good standing with the IRS are eligible to apply. If a nonprofit organization does not file a 990 form to the IRS, the organization will be required to submit a W-9 with the organization’s EIN. In addition, the same financial documents will be requested from churches and religious organizations: financial statements and audit, if available.
Are nonprofits other than 501(c)(3) organizations eligible to apply?
Yes, active nonprofit organizations in good standing with the IRS are eligible to apply. If a nonprofit organization does not file a 990 form to the IRS, the organization will be required to submit a W-9 with the organization’s EIN. In addition, the same financial documents will be requested from nonprofits: financial statements and audit, if available.
What if my nonprofit organization has not had a formal audit completed?
According to Kansas Statute 17-1763, a charitable organization with annual contributions over $500,000 must file an audited financial statement prepared by an independent CPA. If your nonprofit organization is not required to file an audited financial statement in accordance with the State of Kansas, then this request will be noted as such and waived.
Are operating expenses allowed?
Direct operating expenses are allowable costs under the proposed grant project. However, any indirect operating expenses must be 10% or less of the total grant amount. This grant opportunity is not intended to serve as a general or core operating grant but rather for projects related to the specified allowable strategies.