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 10, 2019 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) and K.A.R. Agency 92, Article 24 (last amended in March, 2010).

The city and county anticipate making approximately $676,000 available for citywide and countywide alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and treatment grants. Proposals will be judged on a competitive basis and grant awards will be for the 2020 fiscal year.

Beginning Monday, June 10, 2019 the Request for Proposal (RFP) and application are available in hard copy from the Department of Neighborhood Relations (DNR):
620 S.E. Madison St., 1st Floor – Unit 8
Topeka, KS, 66607

Email versions may be requested in writing to Rachelle Vega-Retana at DNR or to
Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019.

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

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.

View the HEARTH Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG) Request for Proposal (RFP).


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


Social Service Grant Process

The Governing Body voted on December 17, 2019 to outsource the Social Service Grant Process for the 2021 funding cycle. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued in the upcoming weeks. More information will follow once a vendor is selected.

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