Youth Initiative


DAPC Grant 2022 in the context of the UNODC Youth Initiative



The UNODC DAPC grants programme is launching a Call for Proposals with the aim of funding not-for-profit organisations working in the area of substance use prevention whose projects are aimed at implementing evidence-based substance use prevention programs for and with youth. Applicants from low- and middle-income countries are eligible for grant awards of USD 10,000 to USD 17,000.

Please note that the full description of the eligibility and selection criteria can be found in the official Call for Proposals.



The DAPC grant funding under this Call for Proposals will be awarded projects that:

  • Are focused on evidence-based prevention of substance use. This is assessed on the basis of how well the project activities are in line with the types of interventions and policies found to be effective in preventing substance use based on the available scientific evidence, as outlined in the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention;
  • Are targeting young persons under the age of 15 and implemented in a developmentally appropriate way;
  • Support the active participation of youth in their communities.  Proposals should demonstrate youth as active agents in effective substance use prevention, including meaningful involvement in the development, dissemination, and implementation process of evidence-based substance use programs; and connect youth to the activities of the UNODC Youth Initiative.

Proposed activities and interventions will need to be supported by available evidence. It is important to note that sports and similar activities alone are not regarded as prevention, but could be used as settings for prevention activities that include other evidence-based interventions such as life skills training. Similarly, the sole provision of information or awareness-raising alone is not considered to be effective in preventing substance use.

On the other hand, programmes that support the growth of age-appropriate personal and social skills and development via a series of structured and interactive sessions have been found to be effective in preventing substance use. Similarly, supporting school participation, positive school culture, or providing support to families and children, are also good examples of evidence-based practices.

Please refer to UNODC/WHO International Standards on Drug Use Prevention for more information regarding interventions and approaches that have been found to be effective and are eligible for funding.


Applicants should be non-for-profit organisations registered for not less than two (2) years under the relevant Laws of the country where it is registered. They should have relevant prior experience in substance use prevention, health promotion, youth empowerment, or other related fields. Furthermore, applicants should have the needed capability to financially manage and administer the grant.



This Call for Proposals takes a phased approach. Interested applicants are to first submit a concept note which will be evaluated based on a specific set of criteria. UNODC will review the concept notes and select applicants who will be invited to submit full project proposals. Selected applicants will be contacted separately with additional instructions, including necessary application forms. Please note that shortlisted applicants will be required to register at the UN Partner Portal.

Interested applicants should submit the Concept Note Application Form (Annex 1), and the signed copy of the Self-assessment of Eligibility (Annex 2) by email to, marked ‘DAPC Grant 2022’ in the subject line.

The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 31 January 2022, 23:59 (Central European Time, UTC+1h).



Organisations benefiting from the DAPC grant will be required to sign a formal Agreement with UNOV/UNODC. A previous sample template of this agreement is available for information here (Please note that UNODC must follow existing regulations within the UN system and the final agreement may be different).

In general, DAPC grantees will be required to regularly submit reporting (narrative and financial) on the project’s progress upon request. Information provided will form the basis of reports (including photographs) submitted by UNODC to the donor, the Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC), on the grantee organisations and the activities supported by the DAPC grant.

Grantees will also need to collect and keep readily accessible information and documentation on the project progress and use made of the funding, including records of expenditures (e.g., invoices, purchase orders, payroll records), for a period of three (3) years following the completion of activities.


Please refer to the Call for Proposals for more information on the scope of funded projects, eligibility of applicants, and other important information.

Please refer to the following Annexes required for submission as Phase 1 of the selection process.


Thanks to the generous support of the Drug Abuse Prevention Center (Japan).