By the time they are seniors, almost 70% of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40% will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20% will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In adults, illicit drug use is also on the rise. In 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available), an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2% of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month.
Substance abuse disorders take a toll emotionally, physically, financially, and socially—not only on the users, but also on their family, friends, and community. There are thousands of organizations dedicated to help individuals with prevention and intervention of substance abuse, as well as entities that help families and communities. Below we have selected a few of these organizations to highlight.
The American Medical Association sponsors this grant program to support organizations working to create healthy lifestyles. Specifically, funding is given to grassroots, public health projects that target the issue of healthy lifestyles, including alcohol and substance abuse. The AMA favors programs that partner with medical institutions. In 2014, twenty-one $10,000 Healthy Living Grants were awarded. Organizations that already have a 501(c)(3) designation are favored; however, those entities that have not received that IRS designation can also apply for funding. Applications for the 2015 cycle will be available on the website starting sometime this month.
Nonprofit organizations, governments, and foundations can look to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for financial support for youth-centered substance abuse programs. The foundation favors long-term relationships, so those programs or projects that can be carried out over long periods of time would be preferred. Funding is focused on proposals that impact prevention or early intervention to reduce youth substance abuse. Currently the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. While this may seem like a hurdle, building relationships with this foundation’s personnel or other entities that have benefited from this grant program could open the door to an application solicitation. For more tips on how to handle unsolicited proposals, see our blog article.
Closer to TheGrantHelpers.com home base in Champaign, Illinois, the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation supports non-profit organizations that help prevent and treat substance abuse in the Chicago area. This foundation has supported a wide variety of programs, one of which supports 33 Chicago-area high schools for prevention activities including alcohol education classes, professional substance abuse counselors, parent education programs, and more. There is no maximum grant award. This foundation will award grants for both operation and program support. It also funds building construction and renovating, as long as the building will be used to meet a priority area. To begin the application process, grant seekers should complete an online form.
Requests for proposals and applications are not always straightforward. We can help you sift through the requirements to make sure you qualify, and then ensure the grant is your best chance for funding for your program. See a full list of our services and contact one of our Grant Helpers today. The first consultation is always free.
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