Open Office Hours for Applicants

Weekly office hour sessions will be available by appointment weekly from January 24 – February 10, 2023.


This 60-minute webinar will provide information on how to apply for Agility Grant funding. Geared for first-time applicants, the webinar is designed to help you to submit your best application possible. The webinar includes a review of the essentials of applying, including:

  • Strategic pillars & program principles
  • Who can apply for Agility Grants
  • Examples of eligible projects
  • How to apply: An overview of the application platform
  • Common application pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Tips to strengthen your project proposal
  • Q & A

The Basics of Program Evaluation Webinar

During this webinar, participants will learn the essentials of program evaluation and the important role evaluation can play in grant applications, program implementation, and program improvement. Funders and stakeholders increasingly want to know exactly what outcomes programs expect to achieve and how that impact is being tracked. However, articulating the value and effectiveness of programs—particularly of small grant programs–can seem impossibly difficult. This webinar is tailored to the basics of program evaluation including types of evaluation, evaluation designs, measurement, implementation, and reporting, specifically for small grants and programs. The webinar is a starting point that will help participants answer the following questions for their programs: What does success look like? How do we achieve results? And how do we measure our results with limited resources? The session will provide participants with resources to get started and will focus on how high-quality evaluations not only strengthen applications but also improve the quality and impact of work during program implementation.


This list is NOT exhaustive. If you have any further questions or if you do not see your question listed here, please schedule an office hours appointment with our team.

Office Hours will be available by appointment only between January 24 – February 10, 2023.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Agility Grant awards range between $20,000 – $40,000. We recommend aligning your funding request within that range. A total of $175,000 will be awarded in the Spring 2023 round.

The Spring 2023 grant round application deadline is February 28, 2023 at 11:59pm ET. Applications open on January 18, 2023.

The next application round will open in July 2023.

Agility Grants are submitted online via an OpenWater platform. You can access the application portal here. For those who need further assistance accessing the application portal, please reference the login guide here

Yes! The primary applicant can add collaborators so multiple people can work on the grant application. For information on how to add collaborators to your application, please see the login guide (pages 7-10).

Agility Grant award announcements will be made in March 2023.

The grant period for the Spring 2023 Agility Grants is from June 1, 2023, through May 31, 2024. All program activities for the grant-funded project must take place within the grant period.

Agility Grants have two pillars, Prevention Innovation and Prevention Amplification.

The Prevention Innovation pillar aims to foster and accelerate the development, deployment, research, and evaluation of problem gambling prevention programs and curricula to address key at-risk and priority populations such as high school and college athletes, communities of color, and middle school students. In short, the prevention innovation pillar aims to launch innovative new prevention programs, support the expansion of promising programs, or validate existing program effectiveness through research.

The Prevention Amplification pillar aims to increase community awareness, response and support through the identification and elevation of new leaders, new partnerships and new voices within the problem gambling community, prioritizing youth as well as leaders of color. In short, Prevention Amplification projects are meant to amplify or promote new leaders and perspectives around prevention initiatives meant to educate and prevent problem gambling within new, underserved audiences.

If you are still unsure about which pillar your program best fits into, we recommend signing up for an office hours appointment with our Agility Grants team.

No. We recognize that treatment and responsible gambling programs are valuable and impactful programs worthy of funding. However, these programs fall outside the scope of the Agility Grants strategic goals. Agility Grants are meant to fund problem gambling prevention programs. Problem gambling prevention programs are those designed to minimize harm among those who have not yet gambled or among those who have limited gambling experience. 

Examples of programs/projects that we do NOT consider prevention programs include, (but not limited to):

  • Hiring of additional counselors who would provide counseling to those recovering from gambling addiction.
  • Training for mental health professionals to gain problem gambling treatment credentials.
  • Expansion of gambling addiction/problem gambling call support line.
  • PSA campaign promoting existing services to treat those with an active gambling addiction.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework prior to submission.

If you still have questions about your project/program eligibility, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an office hours appointment with the Agility Grants team to discuss further.

Agility Grants aim to fund projects reaching our priority audiences including:

  • high school and college athletes;
  • marginalized communities, especially communities of color; and
  • middle school students.

Furthermore, Agility Grants will fund problem gambling prevention programs that minimize harm on a primary level or secondary level.

  • Primary level: among those who have NOT YET gambled.
  • Secondary level: among those who have LIMITED gambling experience.

Priority will be given to projects/programs that target prevention on the primary level.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework prior to submission. If you still have questions about your project/program alignment with our strategy and audience goals, we strongly encourage you to sign up for an office hours appointment with the Agility Grants team to discuss further.

No, grant funding amounts do not differ based on pillar. Both Prevention Innovation and Prevention Amplification grants will be within the $20,000-$40,000 award range.

Yes! Organizations who are not NCPG members or affiliates are welcome and encouraged to apply. Membership status has no impact on the application scoring and evaluation process. NCPG members and non-members are invited to apply for Agility Grants.

Yes! Grant funding can be used to pay contractors or staff who are designing, deploying, or launching the grant program. Administrative expenses cannot make up more than 15% of your grant expenditures, however staff costs (including contractors) tied directly to creation and launch of a program are NOT considered administrative expenses.

If you still have questions about your project/program budget, we encourage you to sign up for an office hours appointment with the Agility Grants team to discuss further.

We recommend that you have written commitments from partners when you apply, however, it is not required at the time of application. We understand that it might not be possible to secure written partner commitments before grant funding is awarded. The application will prompt you to provide details about the status of any external partners required to deploy programming.

If you are awarded an Agility Grant, it is required to submit written partner commitments (MOUs) before funding can be deployed.

Agility Grant awardees are required to submit a final impact report no more than one month after the grant period closes. This impact report requests program activity data, demographic data about participants/beneficiaries, and qualitative questions on program impact, achievements, lessons learned, and evaluation methods.

If you have questions about Impact + Evaluation Best Practices, we encourage you to watch the webinar recording from NCPG’s “The Basics of Program Evaluation” which took place on 1/12/23.

If you still have questions about the Agility Grants program or application, we invite you to make an office hours appointment with our team. We also recommend that you watch the Agility Grants Informational Session Webinar recording from January 19, 2023.