MADISON COUNTY —
The Madison County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy has extended the deadline for mini-grant applications so more local agencies and groups can apply for funds to promote the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in the community.
Chairperson Jennifer Webb said this year the group has $14,500 to distribute in mini-grants. The funds come from the 1998 settlement award received after 46 states, including Kentucky, sued several major tobacco companies and accused them of deceptive and fraudulent practices that led to increased costs for public health care systems, according to the state Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy.
ASAP has been awarding the mini-grants each year since it formed in 2003.
Agencies and organizations interested in receiving a mini-grant must submit a proposal by 4 p.m. Sept. 28 on how they would use the money for alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention, treatment and/or law enforcement, Webb said.
The application forms are available at ASAP’s website, www.madisoncountyasap.com
Webb listed several programs that have benefited from the ASAP mini-grants. The Cooper-Clayton smoking cessation program at the Madison County Health Department has received money in the past, and an arts program at Clark-Moores Middle School called Pencil Breakers was started through an ASAP grant.
The Pencil Breakers program helps promote self-esteem among middle-school girls, Webb said.
“Low self-esteem is a major contributing factor to drug abuse,” Webb said.
Some of the other programs and groups that have benefited from the mini-grants are Madison County Youth in Action, adult Drug Court, Step Up for Kids Day and Bluegrass Young Marines.
Once all the applications are received, ASAP’s budget and grants subcommittee, headed by Maj. Kerry Corder, evaluates the proposals.
Webb said ASAP often will work with groups that propose good ideas but need help strengthening their applications.
There are restrictions on what the money can be used for, which are outlined in the application. Groups who receive the mini-grants must provide financial documentation on the use of those funds as well.
Those restrictions and requirements are passed down from the Kentucky ASAP program, which must comply with federal rules as well, Webb said.
After the budget and grants subcommittee determines which proposals to recommend, the applications are put before the full board for approval, Webb said. The recipients will be notified in October.
In the past, mini-grant rewards have ranged from $500 to $1,500, Webb said.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Mini-Grants
Visit: www.madisoncountyasap.com for more information about the mini-grants and to download an application.