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Grants to Maryland Community-Based Organizations for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Activities

Under 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Activity Mini-Grants


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Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families
Montgomery County Prevention Alliance
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Montgomery County

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/13/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,000 to Maryland community-based organizations in eligible regions for substance abuse prevention programs to benefit youth from middle school until the age of 21. Funding is intended for activities to prevent the illegal use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription, and/or other drugs by youth in Montgomery County.

The county-wide prevention coalition, Montgomery County Prevention Alliance, and its members work together to deliver activities that:

  • Address change in the social environment by promoting community norms and public policies that decrease substance use.
  • Build the capacity of those who work with youth and young adults to deliver prevention services.
  • Reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among youth and families by providing substance use prevention, education, and outreach programs and services.

Funded by Montgomery County government, the overall purpose of the mini-grants is to support underage and illicit substance use prevention activities throughout Montgomery County. Funds must be used to provide primary prevention activities directly serving youth who are at risk for substance misuse and/or overuse.

The mini-grants must be combined with other local funds for community-based substance use prevention activities for youth under 21. This application allows community groups to apply for funds to partially support their planned activities.

Eligible Activities:

  • Grant-supported activities can help support single events or ongoing programs.
  • All activities must occur outside of the school’s instructional periods. Before and/or afterschool, lunchtime, early dismissal, school holidays and weekends are acceptable times.
  • All activities must have an education component addressing the issue(s) of underage alcohol use, illegal use of marijuana, over-the-counter drugs, and/or prescription drug misuse and abuse. The focus can be on one or more substances.
  • Prevention education activities can be held in person or via virtual platforms (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).
  • All activities must show evidence of youth involvement in the planning and/or execution of the plan.
  • Adequate adult supervision must be provided for direct service activities by screened and trained adults.
  • The minimum ratio of adults to students must be 1:10 for all age groups.
  • Activities must encourage youth to creatively outreach to their parents and families about program activities and education.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Community-based groups that are incorporated or have at least a two year history of operations (planning and decision-making group) that would provide assurance of likely successful program implementation and fiscal management.

Ineligible Expenses or Activities:
- Funding cannot be used to rent equipment for post prom or graduation events that support gambling-like activities. You may have such equipment but it must be paid via other funding sources.
- Funding cannot be used to develop a curriculum or create educational brochures.
- Funding cannot be used for poster or video contests.
- Funding will not support activities that are only surveying youth
- Sales tax cannot be reimbursed.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Two optional informational meetings will be held virtually on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. To register, please send an email to the email address below with Under 21 Mini-Grant Optional Informational Meeting in the subject line by Wednesday, October 11, 2023, and include the name(s) and email(s) of those attending as well as the preferred meeting time. A link to the meeting will be emailed to each attendee upon receipt of email.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to submit your application is November 13, 2023. (Note: Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted).

An email confirming receipt of the application will be sent to the identified contact person by November 17, 2023.

Only one application per group can be submitted.

Community groups applying must contribute matching funds of at least 30% of the amount requested. (For example, an application for $2,000 must show a match of $600.) These matching funds can be other funding or financial sources or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions can include facility costs, donated goods, chaperone costs, entertainment costs, volunteer time, or other services. You may charge admission (encouraged). Applications which do not meet this match requirement will not be considered.

Payment of grant funding will be on a reimbursement basis.

All grantees must attend a mandatory virtual meeting at a date and time that will be established at the time of the grant award. This meeting will review invoicing and reporting protocols and procedures and provide guidance on evaluation activities. Anyone who fails to attend this meeting will forfeit their grant award.

Estimated Size of Grant
Requested grant funding must be at least $500 and no more than $2,000.

Term of Contract
Expenses incurred for projects funded via these grants must begin after January 1, 2024 and conclude by May 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

All questions must be submitted via email to and include FY24 Under 21 Mini-Grant in the subject line.

Montgomery County Collaboration Council
1801 Research Blvd., Suite 103,
Rockville, Maryland, 20850
(301) 610-0147

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