Drug Free Community Grants Awarded Across Michigan

Sep 12, 2011 Issues: AntiDrug

Rep. Levin co-authored the program in 1997

The Royal Oak Prevention Coalition, the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition, the North Oakland Community Coalition and the Tri Community Coalition – serving Berkley, Huntington Woods, and City of Oak Park – have all received $125,000 Drug Free Community (DFC) grants for their efforts to facilitate active citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. The grants are administered through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. A full list of Michigan recipients – both through new and continuing grants – can be found here.

Rep. Levin in 1997 co-authored of the Drug Free Communities Support Program, which is designed to reduce substance abuse among young people by supporting community anti-drug coalitions. Nearly 2,000 grants to anti-drug coalitions operating across the country have been made since the program’s inception.

“These coalitions have demonstrated continued leadership in bringing together local community leaders to solve local problems and these grants will strengthen their efforts,” said Rep. Sander Levin, D-MI. “Drug Free Community grants have been shown to be effective, with measurable results, and I commend these coalitions on their continued success.”

To qualify for the grants, awardees must have at least a six-month history of working together on substance abuse reduction initiatives, have representation from 12 specific sectors of the community, develop a long–term plan to reduce substance abuse, and participate in a national evaluation of the DFC program. The DFC program provides matching grants of up to $625,000 over five years. The Tri Community Coalition is now beginning its second five-year award.

In addition to the new grants awarded to the Royal Oak and Tri Community Coalitions, continuation grants were awarded to the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families, the Southeast Oakland Coalition, and the Madison Heights Community Family Coalition.  The awards, which continue previously awarded DFC grants, were in the amounts of $125,000 per coalition.

The DFC program was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 which was co-authored by Congressman Levin and Former-Congressman Rob Portman.  Congressman Levin is a principal advocate for the program in Congress, leading the fight to improve funding levels since the program’s creation.  With approximately 700 Drug Free Community anti-drug coalitions across the country, the program has achieved impressive outcomes in reducing marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco use levels to lower than the national average.  An independent study conducted by ICF International found that in DFC-funded communities there are nearly 115,000 fewer youth smoking marijuana; 181,000 fewer youth using alcohol; and 200,000 fewer youth smoking cigarettes.