Social Services

Special Alcohol & Drug Grants Request for Proposals

The Topeka-Shawnee County Alcohol-Drug Abuse Advisory Council has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) dated Monday, June 8, 2020 for applicants wishing to receive Citywide and Countywide Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Grants. These funds are intended to for the purchase, establishment, maintenance or expansion of services or programs in accordance with ”K.S.A. Chapter 79, Article 41a–last amended in 2012.  K.A.R. Agency 92, Article 24–last amended in March 2010.”

The City and County anticipate making approximately $665,000 available for Citywide and Countywide Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Grants with proposals judged on a competitive basis. Grant awards will be for the 2021 fiscal year.

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020 the Request for Proposal (RFP) and applications were available in hard copy from the Department of Neighborhood Relations (DNR), 620 S.E. Madison St., 1st Floor – UNIT 8, Topeka, Kansas, 66607. Email versions may be requested in writing to Rachelle Vega-Retana at DNR or to

Proposals were due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2020.

Applicants were required to attend an Application Workshop on Friday, June 12, 2020.

For further information or questions regarding this RFP or application may be directed to Rachelle Vega-Retana at (785) 368-4490 or by email


Hearth Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG)

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including major revisions to the Emergency Shelter Grants program, now the Hearth Emergency Solutions Grants (HESG) program.

Funds may be used for:

  • Homeless Prevention – stabilization services and short-term rental assistance as necessary to prevent the individual or family from becoming homeless.
  • Rapid Rehousing – funds provide short-term rental assistance as necessary to help individuals or families living in shelters or in places not meant for human habitation move as quick as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing.
  • Shelter – shelter operations