We Were Awarded the DFC Grant

A graphic of the various grantees for the 2015 Fiscal year of the DFC

It really is exciting times here in Prosser for the coalition. We recently found out that we were awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant from the Federal Government. If you aren't sure what this is, it's a really big deal. For the 2015 Fiscal Year, the $86 million will fund 188 new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants, 486 continuation grants for coalitions already in a five-year cycle, 20 new DFC Mentoring (DFC-M) grants and 3 continuation DFC-M grants. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. Since the passage of the DFC Act in 1997, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country. The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local drug problems require local solutions. With a small Federal investment, the DFC Program doubles the amount of funding through the DFC Program’s match requirement, to address youth substance use. Recent evaluation data indicate that where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is lower. Over the life of the DFC Program, youth living in DFC communities have experienced reductions in alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.
— Office of National Drug Control Policy
Infographic taken from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Infographic taken from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Infographic taken from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

We will be sharing a lot more with you as this process rolls out, but there is one very special announcement that we can make right now:

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Photo Credit Historic Prosser Washington by  Colleen Lane

The Prosser CIA is soliciting a request for qualifications from an individual or organization to serve as the DFC Coalition Coordinator, and provide assistance and direction to the community coalition and help guide the continuous development and implementation of a community substance abuse prevention plan.

This position is funding by the Drug Free Communities Federal Grant and will be in place for 5 years, pending continued funding with an opportunity to re-apply for years 6-10.  This position works closely with our Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Community Coordinator and other support staff.