Substance Education and Awareness (SEA) Fund

Grants supporting substance use and abuse prevention for Boulder youth, families and community members.

SEA Fund 2022-26 Request for Proposals

The city is pleased to release the SEA Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) for a five-year funding cycle. Eligible nonprofit agencies are welcome to apply for grants to support program activities aligned with SEA Fund goals and outcomes. The city anticipates allocating $450,000 each year in 2022-26 for substance use and abuse prevention programs.

Interested agencies are encouraged to carefully read the RFP for information about eligibility, criteria and how to apply.

Applications for funding are due 4 p.m. Mountain Time on Sept. 20, 2021. Applications must be submitted through the city’s online grant management system.

Watch the SEA Fund Request webinar by clicking the video below.

Apply for SEA Grant Funding

Download the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP)

Download the RFP

The RFP contains all information about the grant application process.

Review and follow instructions for applying

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2021

Contact us with questions

If you need technical assistance or want to meet with city staff to discuss this grant opportunity, follow the instructions in the RFP or contact

Ana Silvia Avendano-Curiel, Grants Specialist at or 303-441-4363.

2020 Substance Education and Awareness Fund Annual Report

The annual report outlines key activities and community impacts that resulted from SEA Fund program grantees. The SEA Fund focus on substance use prevention helped support youth and other community members. This framework has been even more important given increased stress, anxiety and disparities due to COVID-19. SEA Fund grantee partners also benefited from network collaboration and professional development activities, which increase our community capacity for substance use prevention.


The City of Boulder, in collaboration with Boulder County Community Services, has since 2017 supported substance use prevention programming to benefit city youth and other community members. The SEA Fund offers grants to non-profit agencies of any size to meaningfully incorporate, expand and elevate program work in substance use and abuse prevention; develop skills in program management, data collection and evaluation; apply health equity principles and practices; increase youth-based and youth-led strategies; and leverage partnerships for greater community wide impacts. In addition to grant funding, SEA Fund partners have opportunities for professional development that will increase expertise in implementation science, prevention competency and program sustainability.

SEA program goals are:

  1. Widespread community distribution and awareness of information and programs developed;
  2. Shift community perceptions of risk associated with substance use, including the impact of drugs, alcohol, recreational marijuana and abuse of prescription medications on children and youth;
  3. Prevent/reduce youth abuse of alcohol and recreational drugs including marijuana; and
  4. Reduce accidental ingestion of marijuana and other drugs.

Funding for SEA program grants comes from a portion of annual revenue from the city’s Recreational Marijuana and Electronic Smoking Device taxes.