The Decisions at Every Turn (DAET) Coalition (with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network as our Fiscal Agent [Grantee/Legal Applicant]) was awarded a FY 2013 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $ 625,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (Grant Award # 1H79SP019944-01). The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over 5 years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions are composed of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement, the media, and others working together at the local level.
DAET (with The Town of Ashland as our Fiscal Agent [Grantee/Legal Applicant]) was awarded a FY 2018 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $ 625,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (Grant Award # SP080806-06) to continue the work of building community capacity to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse and abuse in Ashland.
The philosophy behind the DFC program is that local drug problems require local solutions. Therefore, the Federal government, through the DFC grant, invests half of the necessary funds ($125,000 per year), while requiring the community to match that investment (matching funds can be both cash and “in-kind” contributions). The purpose of the match is to reinforce community commitment to the intended goals of the grant (i.e. decreasing youth substance use). Recent evaluation data indicates that in communities 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.
Each year DAET creates a 12-Month Action Plan outlining the strategies and activities that the Coalition will implement to establish community-based efforts to prevent youth substance use. The Action Plan is updated annually as the Coalition achieves its goal by using a multipronged approach that will employ several strategies, including both environmental (e.g., policy change and/or enforcement of current policy) and educational approaches. The required cash and in-kind matching funds are necessary to support the activities outlined in the Action Plan.