Cannon County Opioid Settlement

In 2021, Cannon County had 11 fatal overdoses, a 22% increase in overdoses since 2020. To respond to this need, Cannon County established the Cannon County Opioid Abatement Task force in 2023 to oversee strategic dissemination of opioid abatement funds to repair and strengthen the community. These funds are provided to counties in Tennessee as part of a $26 billion national opioid lawsuit involving pharmaceutical distributors and a manufacturer, with Tennessee receiving $700 million in anticipated payouts over 18 years from 2021-2038.

Cannon County has chosen to disseminate these funds directly into the community to repair damages caused by the opioid crisis. Organizations interested in applying for these funds can access the online application below and receive instructions on requirements for submission.

Access the Cannon Opioid Settlement Funding Application HERE


Application Submission Checklist

Use the section below to ensure all sections of your application have been completed prior to submission.

Project Summary

This document overviews the applicant's proposal and identifies a target population, outlines goals and objectives, selects a main strategy, anticipates number of people served, provides a cost statement, and more. Applicants must also include the identification of an assigned agency contact for overseeing and reporting on grant progress.

Access the Project Summary template HERE.

Project Narrative

This narrative of the proposal focuses on describing the population served, identifying the need that you will address, outlining the goals and objectives used to measure success, identifying evidence-based practices for implementation, planning for metrics to measure progress and success, and explaining your organization’s capacity to achieve your goals. Responses to the 10 questions in this section should be typed into a word document and attached to your submission.

Access the Project Narrative questions HERE.

Project Budget

This detailed budget breakdown with description of line items, any in-kind support from the agency, and budget justification for each line item requested.

Access the Project Budget template HERE.

Required Attachments

Organizations that submit an application must attach the following financial documents with their submission:

  • Copy of Annual Audit
  • Budgeted Revenues and Expenses for the Current Year
  • Budgeted Revenues and Expenses for the Prior Year
  • Actual Revenue and Expenses for the Prior Year
  • 501 (c)(3) Determination Letter (if applicable)
  • Letters of Support (if applicable)

Application Submission Deadline Vote to Award by Task Force
April 15th May

Submit Completed Applications HERE


Application Resources

Use the resources below to help inform and strengthen your application prior to submission.

Tennessee Opioid Abatement & Remediation Uses

This list outlines allowable uses with Rutherford County Opioid Settlement funding stratified by the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council's six main strategies. All activities outlined in an organization's proposal must be found from this list.

Access the Tennessee Opioid Abatement & Remediation Use list HERE.

Proposal Scoring Rubric

Proposals will be reviewed and scored by the Cannon County Opioid Abatement Task Force and members from the MTSU Office of Prevention Science and Recovery. Proposals will be evaluated based upon the proven ability of the applicant to meet the goals of the project description in a cost-effective manner with a maximum of 100 points available. This in-depth rubric outlines the breakdown of eligible points that can be awarded per application section and the standards use to compute that score.

Access the In-Depth Proposal Scoring Rubric HERE.


Frequently Asked Questions

What organizations are eligible to apply?

Only nonprofit charitable organizations with 501©(3) status, chamber of commerce exempt from IRS Code 501©(6), nonprofit civic organizations, and government organizations are eligible to receive funds. Organizations are permitted to submit one application per year. Awardees are eligible to re-apply for funding after successful completion of their grant term.

How much funding can our organization apply for?

While there is no set maximum on how much an organization can request in their proposal, the maximum funding per agency will be determined by the Cannon County Opioid Abatement Task Force.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications must be submitted by April 15th to be eligible for awarding. Applications will be reviewed in May to determine which organizations will receive grant funding.

What are the permitted uses of the grant funds?

Proposed activities in the funding request must be permitted from the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council’s Approved Remediation List of activities.

How long would the grant period last if I were to be awarded funding?

All grants will be awarded for 12 months from July 1st through June 30th of the upcoming fiscal year.

When will our organization hear back on if we were awarded funding?

The Cannon County Opioid Abatement Task Force will vote on all grant applications received during their May meeting. Following the Task Force's decision to award funding, grant awards will need to be approved by the Cannon County Commission.

What are the reporting requirements if we were awarded funding?

Grantees are required to submit evaluation metric updates quarterly based upon the specific data points cited in their grant proposal. This data will be submitted to the Cannon County Opioid Abatement Task Force quarterly.


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