Mini grants available for youth substance use prevention

MACHIAS — Healthy Acadia is spreading the wealth.

The organization recently received a $300,000 grant, which is renewable for the next five years, said Tracey Carlson, Healthy Acadia communications director.

The grant funds are coming from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be used for Healthy Acadia’s Partnerships for Success initiative, a collaborative effort to prevent substance use in Washington and Hancock counties among youth aged 9 to 20.

Healthy Acadia has hired Sara McConnell as the coordinator for the project. She has more than 10 years of community health programming experience in Downeast Maine, including substance use and tobacco prevention, nutrition education and positive youth development.

“We are earmarking one-third of the funds each year for mini grants,” McConnell said.

Schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for mini grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. These can be either one-time awards or renewable over the five-year span.

“I envision this funding looking different for each mini grant recipient,” McConnell said. “The most exciting part of this funding is going to be seeing the different projects and activities throughout the region.”

Some potential examples for grant projects include a school seeking funding for student activities or a community group that that needs to hire staff to cover a community activity for youth.

The mini grant application process is open. Applications are due by Jan. 24.

For more information or to view the request for proposals, visit or contact McConnell at 255-3741 or [email protected].

Those interested can also contact Maria Donahue, project director, at 667-7171 or [email protected]

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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