The Substance Abuse Council offers grant opportunities to organizations in the community whose work primarily focuses on reducing substance use in youth and in the community. The grants are made available through distribution of the Drug Free Community  Fund which is built up through the collection of Countermeasure Fees, assessed by the courts to all alcohol and drug offenders in Vanderburgh County as part of their court costs. Typical/average grant amounts range from $1500 to $5,000: no agency may receive more than $8,000 nor submit more than two applications per grant cycle.

Grants must be in line with the defined activities below, and based on the Problem Statements written by the three Council subcommittees: Law Enforcement, Prevention and Treatment.

Law Enforcement is defined as: Efforts that deal with the legal consequences of substance use and abuse, and includes law enforcement activities, prosecution, probation, court and correctional services.

Prevention is defined as: Programs, activities, services and materials aimed at deterring individuals from the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). Programs with supportive evaluation are preferred.

Treatment is defined as: Services such as assessment, referral and intervention for those who are in need of recovery assistance. Treatment providers are required by Indiana law to be certified by the Division of Mental Health and Addictions.

Please use the Problem Statements from the Vanderburgh County Comprehensive Plan by following the link.

CCP Problem Statements Goals and Objectives

The Application and Funding Process:

The Screening Committee accepts proposals from the community, reviews and approves Pre-Applications, requests full proposals, reviews Grant Applications, recommends funding to the SACVC, and monitors the proposals that are funded via review of Mid-Year and Final Reports.  This Committee consists of two elected  representatives from the Treatment/Intervention, Prevention/Education, and Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice (3) Committees and the Screening Committee Chairperson(s). Voting Members at the annual funding meeting also include members of the Board of Directors. Final grant awards must be approved by the full Council, and presented to the County Commissioners for approval prior to funding.

Preapplications for 2022 grant cycle will be available on February 7, 2022, and must be submitted to the Substance Abuse Council by February 28, 2022.  Interested organizations can contact the office for additional information: (812) 422-0626

Download Preapplication PDF