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Program Description



The Bristol Prevention Coalition, BEST-4-Bristol, has funds available to develop and implement culturally competent programs to prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs (ATOD). Grant proposals can be submitted by non-profit or public agencies serving the Bristol community and local businesses who are seeking to implement fundamental policy change regarding substance abuse. Applications must include plans for the development and implementation of prevention programs using one or more of the following strategies: environmental, community-based processes, information dissemination, education, problem identification and referral or alternatives to prevent substance abuse and other addictive behaviors (see Appendix A for definitions). The grant is intended to facilitate culturally competent alcohol abuse and drug prevention and promote behavioral health and overall wellness. (See Attachment B)

Grant Requirements 

1. Prevention Strategies and Services

The major purpose of the grant is to stimulate the development and expansion of local primary substance abuse prevention services that address all stages of human development. While the range of potential services is broad and may include other risky behaviors or behavioral health issues, the aim is to promote wellness and keep the many problems and consequences related to ATOD use/misuse/abuse from occurring.

Additionally, prevention endeavors to change the environment so that ATOD use/misuse/abuse will not occur, thereby reducing the numbers of individuals who experience negative consequences from use of ATOD. Therefore, in developing prevention services, it is essential to consider cultural factors and historically underserved populations. It is expected that each grant demonstrate an understanding of the value of representation reflecting (racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, disability, language, social, political, and economic) diversity. Each applicant is especially requested to embed cultural competence practices in all services funded under the grant.

The range of potential services is broad though proposals must identify prevention needs and assist in filling these gaps in services. A complete list of prevention strategies and services is found in Appendix C. Projects must focus on two or more of the six strategies. Projects focused on remedial services such as the provision of ATOD abuse and/or joint behavioral health treatment services demonstrating problems resulting from the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, or the provision of early intervention services displaying symptoms of possible regular use and/or abuse of ATOD will not be considered for funding.

2. Youth Prevention of Alcohol and Marijuana

The Local Prevention Coalition, BEST-4-Bristol, has an interest in supporting programs that complement or enhance its overall goal to prevent of alcohol and marijuana use of youth ages 12 to 17 years. The coalition aims to:
a) Reduce the number of youth who have used alcohol or marijuana in the past 30 days
b) Increase youth’s perception of risk with using alcohol and marijuana
c) Increase youth’s perception of parent’s disapproval for using substances
d) Increase youth’s perception of peer disapproval for using substances.
BEST-4-Bristol coalition will be conducting an anonymous survey and will invite grantees and their target population to participate.

Applicants are encouraged to utilized two or more of the 7 Strategies for Community Change, an evidenced based approach proven to reduce the impact of substance abuse on communities.
The 7 Strategies for Community Change:
1. Provide Information
2. Enhance Skills
3. Provide Support
4. Change Access / Barriers
5. Change Consequences, Incentives/Disincentives
6. Change Physical Design
7. Modify & Change Policies.

School-Based Services: All applications indicating sponsorship of public school-based or public school-related services must also demonstrate the support of the Superintendent of Schools (or his/her designee) for each local and/or regional education agency or district Drug-Free Schools Coordinator involved.

3. Application and Reports

Applicants must submit a Mini-Grant Application Form, a Target Population Sheet and an Itemized Budget. Please be sure to provide all the required information and note that school-based programs need the Superintendent’s endorsement.

Programs must be conducted between the period of February 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. A summary report of the program activities, outcomes and actual target population served must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the program, and no later than July 21, 2017. Include attachments of handouts and an expenditure report showing how the money was used.

Grants can only be awarded to a non-profit organization or public agency. Please email your intent to submit a proposal as soon as possible to: .
For information or questions regarding the application process, contact:

Eileen McNulty, Bristol Youth Services at or 860-314-4690
Donna Osuch, United Way of West Central Connecticut at 860-582-9559.

The Local Prevention Council will decisions on the awards on/around February 12, 2017. The LPC is interested in funding two or more proposals whose strategies target various populations by age and reflect the socio-economic diversity of the community. We encourage groups to collaborate on projects and may suggest partnerships for similar projects.

An original and six (6) copies of the proposal must be submitted by Tuesday, February 3, 2017
by 4:30 p.m. to:

Eileen M. McNulty
Bristol Youth Services
51 High Street
Bristol, CT 06010

Final award decisions will be made available on or about February 12, 2017. Recipients are required to collect service data and submit a final report at the end of the funding period, using forms that will be provided by the LPC. 
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