New Grant Announcement – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Grant

August 31, 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Grant

Grant: to support school-based programs that promote healthy eating, active living and prevent youth from starting to use tobacco products.

Funder: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Eligibility: All Pierce County schools and school districts are eligible to apply.

Amount: Grants will be awarded for up to $5,000 at the school building level and up to $10,000 at the district administration level. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive technical assistance and resources from Health Department staff.



Contact: For more information or to obtain a Word version of the application, please contact Linda Graves at or (253) 798-3817.

Deadline: September 28, 2011.

Three new funding opportunities to take advantage of

August 29, 2011

If you are from the following states, please take advantage of these fall funding opportunities!

1. Missouri – ACT Missouri FY 2012 Mini-Grant Request for Proposal

Grant: Strategies identified in this proposal must address drug, alcohol and violence prevention

Funding: up to $5000

Eligibility: Any coalition registered with the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 

FAQs: Questions and Answers Regarding the FY 2012 Mini-Grant RFP

Please refer to the document for registration details and form: FY 2012 Mini-Grant Request For Proposal

Deadline: September 9, 2011.


2. Illinois – The Jon M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund

 Grant: to provide for the well-being of the citizens of Freeport and Northwest Illinoise by accumulating assets in the form of permanent funds and prudently distributing income from those funds to charitable organizations.

Funder: The Freeport Community Foundation.

Eligibility: A non-profit organization, 501(c)3, guided by community leaders who are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs through cooperative philanthropy.

Amount: unknown; the grant award will be provided during the Foundation’s fall grant cycle. Awards will be announced on November 1, 2011.

Contact: please refer to the following link for more information –

 To download the grant application, click here.

Deadline: September 30, 2011.


3. Delaware – Community Based Substance Abuse Prevention Services for Youth & Adults

Grant: Applicants must clearly describe geographic area(s) to be served and proposed program. 

Funder: Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Eligibility: Funds are available for the selected vendor to provide services in the area of Strategic Prevention Framework. Capacity Building Implementation Grants will provide primary prevention in the four sub state planning regions (the City of Wilmington, the remainder of New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County) or statewide.

Amount: Eight awards, each not exceeding $150,000.

Contact: Ceasar McClain, Community Mental Health Program Contact Manager,

Please refer to the following document for more details: 

Deadline: October 14, 2011.

Drug testing in schools has little effect according to study

August 23, 2011

A study was conducted on schools nationwide and found that drug testing in schools had little effect on the reduction of substance abuse. The test had made no effect on male students and only a slight effect, if any, on female students, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. This study was conducted on 943 students. 27% of the schools these students attended implemented drug testing.

Study co-author Dan Romer said, “We find little evidence that this approach to minimizing teen drug use is having the deterrent effect on its proponents claim.”

To read more on the study, click here.

Heavy Smoking Among Teens Declining, But Ocassional Smoking on the Rise?

August 19, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study on high school students to research their patterns of tobacco use. According to their findings, the number of U.S. high school students who smoked at least eleven cigarettes a day was on the decline. However, the number of ‘light’ smokers was on the rise. “Light” smoking is defined as one who smokes between one and five cigarettes per day whereas “heavy” smokers consume around eleven or more cigarettes per day (almost an entire pack of cigarettes), according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Despite the number of heavy smokers decreasing, the number of light smokers increasing is still worrisome. “It is important to note that light and intermittent smoking still has significant health risks,” says Dr. Terry Pechachek, of the CDC. Considering policies on smoke-free public places and the high cost of cigarettes, people may be adapting their smoking habits to changing times. “We may be creating a new type of smoker that may be more durable, that are adapting to smoke-free environments and to changing social norms,” Pechachek added.

To read more on the report by Reuters, click here.

Further statistics from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJMP) studied between 14,000 and 16,000 teen smokers from 1991 to 2009 and found that over that time period, teens who smoked eleven cigarettes or more a day decreased by 10.2%. But the number of light smokers increased during that same time period by 12.2%. To read the study in-depth, click here.

Adults’ top two concerns about children

August 17, 2011

A recent survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that U.S. adults were concerned with drug abuse and obesity, seeing the two as major health problems for youth. Although drug abuse and obesity were among the highest concerns, other concerns adults had for young children were teen pregnancy, bullying, sexting, Internet safety, and driving.

The survey was conducted on 2,130 adults. To learn more about some of the statistics, read the article here.

New Grant Announcement – Greater New Orleans IMPACT Program

August 16, 2011

Greater New Orleans IMPACT Program

Grant: To invest in highly effective nonprofit organizations working in arts and culture, education, health and human services and youth development the thirteen-parish region of metropolitan New Orleans.

Funder: The Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that serve the Greater New Orleans region.

Deadline: Aug. 26 (letter of intent).

Amount: Multiple grants of about $20,000 each.


OJJDP Substance Abuse Education Grants

August 15, 2011

For Category 3

Funder: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Prevention.

Amount: $495,000


Click on ‘Substance Abuse Education (SAEDRF) Category 3’ link.

For Category 1 & 2

Funder: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Prevention.

Amount: $2,200,000


Click on ‘Substance Abuse Education (SAEDRF) Category 1 & 2’ link.

Deadline for both grants: September 30, 2011

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