Alcoholism and drug addiction ruin lives. Substance abuse treatment and intervention programs deal with the aftereffects of drugs and alcohol. Getting information out to the public, especially young people, might prevent the devastation of drug and alcohol abuse and save lives. Grants are available for drug and alcohol prevention and research into effective prevention methods.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington funds a small grants program for researchers investigating substance abuse. Eligible issues for study include prevention, treatment strategies, social policy and pharmacology of commonly abused substances. The small grants program establishes initial funding for projects that might eventually become more extensive research studies with additional outside grant monies. The two annual grant cycles have March 15 and Oct. 15 deadlines for proposals.
U.S. Department of Education
This federal competitive grant program has the lengthy title "Models of Exemplary, Effective, and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses." Any institution of higher education may apply for funding, with the goal to spread information about useful substance abuse prevention programs on campus. Applicants must address all elements of the title in their proposals. Grants deemed "exemplary or effective" receive 18 months funding, and those considered "promising" receive money for one year.
Prevention Network provides grants to community volunteer groups in Michigan of up to $1,500 for 2011. Proposals must address a priority problem in a local area and support prevention methods. Funds cannot be used for treatment or intervention. Applicant groups must formulate strategies to address factors in their locality contributing to the substance abuse problem, as well as targeting the audience for the prevention program. Grants may be used to pay for meeting costs, materials and training.
Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance's Advocate Grants Program provides grants to organizations involved in various areas of drug policy, but the Rapid Response grant is especially targeted to "take advantage of sudden and strategic public education efforts." These time-sensitive grants are awarded monthly while funds are available. Grants cannot be used to produce films or videos or for operating expenses and should be used only for the specifically approved project. Only organizations in the United States may apply, although occasional exceptions are made for Canadian groups.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.