Federal Grants for Vermont Communities to Counter Drug And Substance Abuse

BURLINGTON, August 20 – Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Thursday that Vermont partnerships across the state have been awarded more than $1.2 million in Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Continuation Grants.  The DFC grants are awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to local organizations in communities that are working to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use.  Fourteen Vermont coalitions are among 565 communities nationwide to receive these grants for Fiscal Year 2009.

The awards provide funding from September 30, 2009, through September 29, 2010.  To coalitions who qualify, the program offers matching grants of up to $625,000 over five years.  Local communities are required to provide one-to-one matching funds for every federal dollar awarded.  Earlier this year, Leahy, with strong support from Sanders, led congressional efforts to increase the funding for the DFC grant program for Fiscal Year 2010.  The Vermont coalitions awarded funding under the DFC program are within the five-year cycle.

“Vermont communities are working to apply practical approaches to address drug and substance abuse in our state,” said Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.  “When the Judiciary Committee came to Vermont last year, we heard from community leaders and organizations who are confronting these abuse problems head-on.  Community-wide efforts like these in Vermont are helping us make steady progress in addressing this issue, which affects rural areas just as it affects big cities.”

“This federal support for on-going efforts to encourage young people to steer clear of drugs is a significant step forward for Vermont,” said Sanders.  “It is essential that we help these young people to move forward into becoming responsible adults if we are to have a safe and productive society in the future.”

The DFC program was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 and was reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006.  Vermont coalitions in Ludlow, Isle La Motte, Shelburne, St. Albans, Northfield, Milton, Manchester Center, Windsor, Hardwick, Bennington, Montpelier, Cabot, Wilmington were awarded grants.

Black River Area Community Coalition, Ludlow, Vt.- $100,000

Grand Isle County Community Coalition, Isle La Motte, Vt.- $45,000

Connecting Youth In Chittenden South, Shelburne, Vt.- $100,000

Franklin County Caring Communities, St Albans, Vt.- $58,092

Greater Northfield Coalition Council, Northfield, Vt.- $94,370

Milton Community Youth Coalition, Inc., Milton, Vt.- $125,000

The Collaborative, Manchester Center, Vt.- $100,000

Windsor Area Community Partnership, Windsor, Vt.- $100,000

Hardwick Area Community Coalition, Hardwick, Vt.- $65,000

Southshire Substance Abuse Coalition, Bennington, Vt.- $100,000

Central Vermont New Directions, Montpelier, Vt.- $125,000

Cabot Coalition, Cabot, Vt.- $60,000

Deerfield Valley Community Partnership, Wilmington, Vt.- $89,000

Franklin County Caring Communities, Inc., St Albans, Vt.- $98,000

Total For Vermont $1,259,462