The Hancock County Community Partnership is pleased to make available funds for local prevention and wellness initiatives. These funds may be used to support prevention and wellness initiatives that promote health, safety, and reduce the likelihood of or delaying the onset of health-related problems for people of all ages (e.g. harmful substance use, mental illness, suicide ideation, problem gambling/gaming, process addictions). Proposed initiatives must be congruent with the Partnership Prevention Model.
In Hancock County, the average age of first use of alcohol and tobacco is 12.6 years old (2018 Hancock County Community Health Assessment). Research informs us that the longer we delay first use of substances, the likelihood of developing a substance use disorder is reduced (Grant, Dawson, 2018). Additionally, when there is a greater understanding of adolescent brain development (by both adults and youth) there is increased opportunity for resiliency (Youth Thrive, Center for the Study of Social Policy).
The Partnership is advocating for grant proposals that focus on delaying the onset of first use of substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, etc.) and/or increases the understanding of adolescent brain development. Funds may also be used for professional development with an emphasis on the understanding of adolescent brain development.
Proposals will be accepted for initiatives that serve populations of any age.
For more information about the Grant Program, including application requirements,
Proposals are due March 1, 2023.