Funding Opportunity: Ohio 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) FY14 RFA

February 14, 2013

Grant: The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The program provides for out of school time academic enrichment opportunities for children who come from economically disadvantaged families and attend low-performing schools to help them meet local and state academic standards in reading and mathematics. Programs will also provide youth development activities such as drug and violence prevention and intervention, art, and music activities, character education, counseling, and recreation to enhance the program’s academic components.

Funder: Ohio Department of Education

Eligibility: Eligible applicants may be Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). These may include faith based organizations, institutions of higher education, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations and other public or private entities. A CBO is defined as a public or private for-profit or nonprofit organization that is representative of the community and has demonstrated experience or promise of success in providing educational and related activities that will complement and enhance the academic performance, achievement and positive youth development of students.

Amount: $40 million available with award ranging from $50,000 (minimum) to $200,000 (max)

Contact:  For assistance specific to the 21st CCLC Application, please send your request to You may also contact Grant Administrator Nina Pace at 614-387-0344.

Deadline: 4/26/13


Funding Alert: North Carolina 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) 2013-14 RFP

February 14, 2013

Grant: The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program provides before and after-school, weekend, and summer school academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low-performing schools to help them meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading, mathematics, and science.  In addition, programs may provide activities for youth development, drug and violence prevention, art, music, character education, counseling, and recreation to enhance the program’s academic components.

Funder: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)

Eligibility: Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for a 21st CCLC grant. Agencies and organizations eligible under the 21st CCLC program include, but are not limited to: local education agencies (LEAs), non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations.

Amount: Applicants may request funds rangingfrom $100,000, not to exceed $400,000 per year based on need and must include funds for summer programming.

Contact: Richard Trantham at

Deadline:  3/22/13

Highlights from last week’s CADCA Conference in National Harbor, MD

February 12, 2013

2600 members of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) attended the 23rd National Leadership Forum on February 4-7, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. Members from the DC area to as far away as Moscow, Russia attended the forum held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. Forum sessions were also held at Capital Hill during the four-day conference. The theme of the conference was: “Coalitions: Science, Strategies and Solutions.”

The CADCA Annual Forum is the premier and largest training conference for prevention leaders, treatment professional and researchers. Federal partners that attended the conference included the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The Forum included over 90 workshops for forum-goers to attend. The workshops aimed to help CADCA’s network of 5,000 coalitions and how they can develop comprehensive evidence-based strategies in preventing illicit drug use, underage drinking, tobacco-use among adolescents, and over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse. CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, General Arthur Dean said, “By preventing drug use, abuse and addiction, we are saving lives. The fact that we help young people live up to their potential and make communities safer and healthier is powerful.”

The conference also featured a book signing by one of the keynote speakers, Dorie Clark, who spoke about branding. 11 congressman and women had featured remarks during the conference, including National Leadership Award honoree, former Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. “I am very honored to receive this award from CADCA. Their good work does a lot to raise the awareness of the epidemic of drug use and ultimately to save lives of countless people around our country. I look forward to our continued work together,” Mack said.

CADCA also featured tobacco-free living strategy workshops, an Ideas Fair, and special offers in the Exhibit Hall.

To read of more highlights, click here.


Adolescents are seeing fewer substance abuse prevention messages, report shows

February 8, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that from the years 2002 to 2011, the percentage of teens receiving substance abuse prevention messages fell from 83.2 percent (2002) to 75.1 percent (2011). This may coincide with the drop in school-based prevention programs from 78.8 percent (2002) to 74.5 percent (2011).

Another study showed how adolescent attitudes toward substance abuse changed as did their patterns of use. Perceived risk of smoking marijuana once or twice a week decreased in adolescents from 54.6 percent (2007) to 44.8 percent (2011). During this, marijuana use rose from 6.7 percent (2007) to 7.9 percent (2011).

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said, “It is time for all of us – the public health community, parents, teachers, caregivers, and peers – to double our efforts in educating our youth about substance use and engaging them in meaningful conversations about these issues, so that they can make safe and healthy decisions when offered alcohol or drugs.”

SAMHSA and the Office of National Drug Control Policy oversee the Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants and have been doing so since 2005 as an effort to improve substance abuse prevention messages reaching adolescents. DFC grants work to strengthen and collaborate community coalition efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth. To date, DFC grants have been awarded to 2,000 community coalitions in need of funding so their communities can enhance awareness associated with substance abuse.

To view the entire article, click here.

FREE Drug-Free Communities Webinar is back

February 6, 2013

This informative webinar will explore successful grant-writing tips and strategies while incorporating the LifeSkills Training program into the Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant. Our goal is to help you be as informed as possible about the grant application process while supporting the inclusion of our program as a part of your comprehensive submission.

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST)  is an evidence-based, substance abuse prevention program for Elementary, Middle School, High School and Transitions students. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent.

*Space is  limited to Coalitions planning to apply for DFC funding. Only 30 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis so register today! Webinar will be available on-demand starting 2/26 for those who cannot make the live session. Email for details.

To register:

Drug Free Communities ( DFC ) Support Program

Grant: The DFC Support Program aims to establish and strengthen communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, state, local and tribal governments and entities to collaborate and support community-based efforts to prevent and reduce youth substance use. To access the FY2013 DFC RFA, click here.

Eligibility: Community-based coalitions that are focused on addressing youth substance use and meet all of the DFC statutory eligibility requirements.

Amount: 150 grants of $125,000 each ($18,750,000 total available)

Contact: For questions about program issues contact: DFC RFA Hotline Team, Division of Community Programs (240) 276-1270,; For Federal forms and budget questions contact Virginia Simmons, Division of Grants Management, (240) 276-1422,

Deadline: March 22, 2013.

Funding Opportunity: Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 8, Year 1

February 6, 2013

Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Cycle 8 , Year 1

Grant: To provide opportunities beyond the normal school day for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs and other activities.

Funder: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Eligibility: Local education agencies (LEAs), including public school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and regional education service centers; community-based organizations (CBOs); and other public or private entities, nonprofit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, Institutions of Higher Education, for-profit corporations, or a shared service arrangement (SSA) of two or more agencies, organizations, or entities.

Amount: Funding will be provided for approximately 20 projects. Each project will receive a minimum of $50,000 for the 2013-2014 project period; maximum funds per applicant are $2,200,000.

Contact: Candace Ferguson, Division of School Readiness and Partnerships,

Deadline: March 26, 2013

Study suggests liquor ads on TV encourage binge drinking

February 1, 2013

A study suggests that seeing television advertisements that promote drinking as early as seventh grade can lead to alcohol-related problems.

According to lead researcher of the study and associate professor in the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University in California Jerry Grenard, “exposure to alcohol advertising in seventh grade and liking those alcohol advertisements on television is associated with higher levels of drinking in the eighth and ninth grades.”

Alcohol-related problems Grenard suggested were: “failing to do homework, attending school drunk, passing out and getting into fights.”

In Grenard’s study, he recruited almost 4,000 seventh graders and asked them about their use with beer, wine, or liquor and their exposure to advertisements on television related to those alcoholic beverages. Grenard’s research team continued to study these students through 10th grade. The study showed that the more ads the seventh graders watched, the more they enjoyed them. The more they enjoyed the advertisements, the more they drank as they got older. Grenard found this prevalent in seventh grade girls who were more likely to drink. Boys who watched these advertisements were more likely to develop alcohol-related problems.

To read the entire study, click here.

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