The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has launched a new Agility Grant program, a strategic initiative funded by the National Football League Foundation that will provide funding to nonprofit organizations for problem gambling prevention programs.
Agility Grant will center on three core principles: innovation, collaboration, and amplification. The NCPG expects to award four to six nonprofit organizations with $20,000 – $40,000 grants through round one of the initiative.
The grants will support problem gambling prevention program growth in places across the US where currently there is a lack of sufficient programming, to reduce gambling harm and improve the well-being of individuals and families in more communities.
Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director, commented: “Problem gambling prevention providers are historically under-resourced. 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 organizations to apply.”
Funding applications for the first round are being accepted through February 22, with funding award announcements to be made in March 2022.
Applications will be assessed on several criteria, including alignment to the Agility Grants program principles, funding pillar strategies, and anticipated community impact.
Organizations may apply for Agility Grants under one or both strategic funding pillars:
- 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 prioritizing youth and leaders of color.
The Agility Grant program is open to US nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) public charity designation by the IRS (or fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit organization). To support equitable access to this grant funding, NCPG will assist interested applicants who seek to better understand the requirements for applying for an Agility Grant.
The NCPG expects the round two Agility Grant application to be available in late summer/early fall 2022.