Drug Abuse Prevention Grants | PAK-NGOs

UNODC is seeking proposals for Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC) Grants 2018 to strengthen the capacity of civil society working in low- and middle- income countries whose projects are aimed at preventing substance use among the youth.
Grant funding under this Call for Proposals shall be provided to projects that:

  • Are focused on prevention of substance use;
  • Are targeting youth;
  • Support the active participation of youth in their communities and are initiated, planned, managed, implemented, monitored and/or evaluated by youth, and connect youth to the activities of the UNODC Youth Initiative, also through its visibility in social media.

Grants may be awarded for activities in low- and middle- income countries which fall within the general sphere of prevention of drug use among youth and which:

1) Are focused on prevention on substance use. This is assessed on the basis of how well the project activities are in line with the International Standards on Drug Prevention 
( http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/drug-prevention-and-treatment/publications.html) and follow the evidence based practices, and their characteristics, presented there, as appropriate for the targeted age-group.

2) Support the active participation of youth in their communities and are initiated, planned, managed, implemented, monitored and/or evaluated by youth;

3) Connect other youth to the activities of the UNODC Youth Initiative ( www.unodc.org/youth), including insocial media.

Please note, that for example sport and other alternative activities are not regarded as prevention as such, although they can be successfully used as settings for prevention activities, such as life skills training. Similarly, providing information only, especially when focusing on raising awareness on the 'dangers of drugs', has been found not to be effective for preventing substance use. These, and other approaches not supported by the available evidence and thus not identified in the International Standards as effective, will not be supported with these grants.

In the other hand, programmes that aim to prevent future substance use by supporting the growth of age-appropriate personal and social skills via a series of structured and interactive sessions have been found to be effective in preventing substance use. Similarly, supporting school participation, positive school culture and clear school policies on substance use, or providing brief intervention, and referral to further social and healthcare services to those in need, or for example providing support to the families of youth facilitating the growth of basic parenting skills, are all good examples of evidence informed practices, that, among others listed in the International Standards, would be desirable methods for the supported projects. Please refer to the Standards, and to the Call for Proposals document, for full description of the type of activities supported with these grants.


Applicants should be organizations or institutions working with youth and can apply on behalf of a local youth group. Applicants should have relevant prior experience on substance use prevention, health promotion, youth empowerment or other related field. Furthermore, applicants should have the needed capability to administer the grant. An annual financial statement should be submitted together with the proposal.

Only bona fide institutions will be considered (not commercial operations). A copy of the registration of the institution with the relevant Government department should be submitted with the application, to document that the organization works on a not for profit basis.

Only novel proposals are considered. In case your NGO has already benefitted from a grant under the DAPC scheme and you would wish to apply for a new grant, you are kindly asked to clearly outline the difference to any previous projects in your application.

How to Apply

Applicants should fill in the concept note , and submit it, together with the copy of a registration certificate of the organisation and a copy of an ID of the representative of the organisation, to the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, to the email address unodc-youthinitiative@un.org , no later than 13 July 2018, midnight (GMT+2 hours).

Only duly filled applications sent within the deadline will be considered for funding. Please see the Call for Proposals document for more detailed instructions on how to apply.

For any further questions on how to apply please contact the UNODC Prevention-team via email unodc-youthinitiative@un.org.

This Call for Proposals takes a phased-approach, and those applicants shortlisted based on the Concept note, describing the aims, methods and rationale of the proposed project, will be contacted at a later stage, asking them to submit a full DAPC grant proposal together with the DAPC grant proposal budget , attaching also the financial statement of the organisation. The final selection of the projects to be supported will be made based on these documents, closer to the end of the year