Program Director of the Underage Substance Abuse Coalition (USAC), Kim Janke, was notified on Saturday, Sept. 7 that USAC did not receive the year 6-10 Drug Free Communities Grant that had been applied for in March. Therefore, the current grant cycle will end as of Sept. 30.
“This is a sad and frustrating time for USAC as our work is far from finished,” Kim said. “We have made many strides in the first five years of our grant and we needed the funding to continue our work. We have a great number of partner businesses and organizations that collaborate with USAC to get our prevention efforts out into the schools and the public.”
What does this mean for USAC?
Kim will continue on a volunteer basis to maintain the office, website, server trainings and marketing and will continue to have board meetings. USAC will also continue to work on issues such as policy changes and work within community organizations and businesses to continue the work that has been done for over five years, without funding associated with it. If a special project comes up, USAC will be looking toward the partner organizations to help with that.
“There are many things that can be done with little to no money, but it’s just a little harder,” Kim added.
USAC will apply again in February for the grant, but it will take until September 2014, before USAC knows if they have received the grant or not.
Kim also noted that there were eight other DFC Grantees in Minnesota who applied for year 6-10 grant money. Out of the eight that applied, only two received grant monies.
“There appear to be reasons we are not aware of on why they are cutting so many of the Minnesota grants,” Kim said. “We have noticed that rural Minnesota did not fare well in the grant process.”
Shortly USAC will receive their score and how their grant was reviewed.
Questions about USAC’s programming and substantiality, call Kim Janke at 507-354-6512 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.