Bridging the Gap Grant

Completing the online application signals your interest in contributing to a national capacity-building movement for students in recovery. Your direct involvement would focus on a number of keystone activities that we have come to believe are important in early stage efforts on any campus.

You will find that the application asks about your intentions for enhancing the quality of the collegiate experience for students in recovery, and it encourages you to tell us about those who are or will be contributing to the effort. This is reflective of a capacity-oriented approach to funding – helping people build their recovery communities from the inside out by focusing on assets and mobilizing relationships between individuals, associations and institutions.

Acceptance of the grant requires that the community college undertake the following activities:

  • Identifying and attracting additional students in or seeking recovery to participate, listening to their needs and interests, and polling them about prioritization of services and activities.
  • Enhancing the visibility of recovery support on campus through concerted outreach and marketing (e.g. social media, website, building referral relationships on and off campus).
  • Exploring options for dedicated space for students in recovery to meet and reserving space for group meetings and activities.
  • Completing the initial keystone activities of capacity building, mapping your campus and community assets and creating a statement of intentions.
  • Maintaining frequent communication with assigned TYR representative, including monthly update calls and email communications as requested.
  • Completing periodic surveys administered by Transforming Youth Recovery to update asset-based research and promote the sharing of practices.
  • Providing mentorship to other community college recovery efforts.

Appropriate funding usage may include, but is not limited to:

  • Salary for student workers who engage in capacity building activities
  • The production of marketing and educational materials for the collegiate recovery effort
  •  [endif]Collegiate recovery specific training for staff and students
  • Sober social activities, events, and outings
  • Fees for acquiring/furnishing a space for students in recovery to gather

Beyond the financial support, grantees can take advantage of a variety of services:

  • Direct access to ongoing collegiate recovery research findings
  • Technical assistance on keystone capacity building activities
  • Systems for reporting into national databases for collegiate recovery programs
  • Referrals to collegiate recovery programs nationwide and national partners

Grant award determination will be based on the following criteria, in addition to the quality of responses provided in the grant application:

  • Size of institution
  • Proximity to other collegiate recovery programs/efforts
  • Availability of staff support
  • Existing on-campus recovery support
  • Level of institutional readiness

Please provide a minimum of 1-2 paragraphs in response to each question on the application. We recommend creating and saving a separate version in a word document, then copying and pasting into the online form.

Contact breanna@tyrecovery.org for grant inquiries.