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current grant initiatives.

Current Federal and State funding opportunities of interest to coalitions for the implementation of environmental prevention strategies in the reduction of substance misuse in their respective communities. The WNY PRC provides coalitions with the tools and resources needed to succeed and work towards these funding opportunities to further environmental prevention.

The Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC)

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. In our region, we have three DFC Coalitions.  

Partnership for Success Grant (PFS)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has awarded New York State a five-year Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success Grant (PFS). The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) will lead the PFS.   NYS OASAS will provide a funding opportunity for community coalition development and sustainability in alignment with the PFS requirements. The PFS aims to build a sustainable prevention infrastructure by capitalizing on New York’s evidence-based, risk and protective factor-focused prevention framework, incorporating all five stages of the federal Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse and heroin and opiate abuse. Additionally, the grant will increase prevention capacity across the state as well.  Up to ten sub-recipient communities will be funded.  Communities in New York State that can demonstrate a high need to address prescription drug misuse and abuse as well as heroin and opiate abuse, and possess the capacity to address these issues.  The successful applicants will follow the SPF prescriptive process, implement evidence-based environmental strategies, and comply with all state and federal reporting requirements throughout the funding period. The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach prevention and a series of guiding principles that can be utilized at the federal, state/tribal and community levels.  Hope Chautauqua of Chautauqua County and West Side Youth Development Coalition of Buffalo are recipients of the grant.

College Environmental Prevention Initiative

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) awarded funding for alcohol and substances misuse prevention services to serve college-aged youth on SUNY college campus communities in New York State. The population of college-aged students has been identified as high priority for substance misuse prevention. The goal of the College Environmental Prevention effort is to prevent and reduce underage alcohol consumption and other drugs (AOD) use including prescription drug misuse by college students. While the primary goal is to prevent and reduce college underage drinking and other drug use, prevention efforts may also reduce excessive alcohol use and other drug use among students who are 21 years of age and older. As a result of the project goal and related objectives, it is expected that college communities will see a resulting decrease in alcohol and drug-related consequences Ses such as academic difficulties, alcohol overdoses and injuries, and assaults for an overall healthier campus community. SUNY University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State College are recipients of the grant.

Community-based Coalition Enhancement

Grant to Address Local Drug Crises

(CARA Local Drug Crises Grant)

The CARA Local Drug Crises grant is a federal funding opportunity to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States. They recently accepted applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.