Coalition Strategies


Hamilton County Family Services & Treatment Prevention Program "Mini Grant"

PreventionFIRST! receives funding from the Hamilton County Family Services and Treatment levy to support youth substance use/misuse prevention and local coalition development in Hamilton County. This grant is open to Hamilton County-based coalitions, groups or organizations that want to improve or increase their substance abuse prevention strategies.

This funding should assist with internally strengthening coalitions or groups committed to carrying out substance use/misused prevention. Three options are available for grantees to choose from with the application. Grantees can choose the funds to be used for community coalition moblizing, planning or implementation.

Mobilizing funds are available up to the amount of $1,000

Planning funds are available up to the amount of $2,000

Implementation funds are available up to the amount of $3,000. 

A mobilizing grant would permit a community group to collect quantitative and qualitative data to identify the substance use problem in the community. This type of grant would allow a group to identify existing prevention resources that would be collaborators for a coalition. Strategies can include development of vision, mission, communications strategy, community forums, administer the PF! Student Drug Use Survey, conduct key leader interviews/focus groups/environmental scans, leadership and membership recruitment.

A planning grant would be used to plan for eventual implementation of environmental strategies in the community, based on your local substance use/misuse identified problem.  It is important to explain the root causes of the problem through the collected data. By choosing a planning grant, the group can begin to plan for the intervention and outcomes sections of the logic model process. This would entail carrying out a community-based planning process that identifies environmental strategies based on the "Seven Strategies for Community Change" by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in order to achieve outcomes.

An implementation grant allows for a group to ensure the strategies and activities chosen are evidence-based and/or evidence-informed practices moving toward positive community change related to prevention with policies, maintain multi-sectors in the plan that is culturally competent and implemented with fidelity.

If you have received funding from the Hamilton County Family Services and Treatment Prevention Program grant in the past, you are eligible to apply again if you have demonstrated prudent fiscal management and completed action plans.

The goals of the Hamilton County Family Services and Treatment Prevention Program "Mini Grant" are to: 

Goal 1: Establish and strengthen collaboration among community sectors and county entities to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (youth is defined as individuals 18 and younger).

Goal 2: Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in the community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse (substances include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabis, inhalants, alcohol, and tobacco, where their use is prohibited by federal, state, or local law).

FY2019 Important Dates

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due: COB Monday, November 12, 2018

Notification LOI Acceptance: November 19, 2018

Applications Due: COB December 17, 2018

Notice of Awards: January 4, 2019

Required Grant Writing Workshop: Friday, November 30, 2018

Required Learning Collaborative Meetings: March 8, 2019 and August 2, 2019

Click here for the complete grant application. 

For more information, contact PF! Coalition Development Manager Amanda Conn Starner at or 513-751-8000 ext. 13.

Previous Grantees and Some Action Steps from Their Funding

Activating Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)- Norwood 
Members attended local and state trainings to build prevention skills
Hosting middle school and high school youth-led summits
Mt. Washington CARES!
Training provided to behavioral health prevention conferences
Hosted a local Rx Drug Take Back event 
Conducted prevention presentations for members of the community
Utlizing funds to have prevention materials taught and distributed to local students in the Mt. Washington area
Distribution of Deterra Rx drug disposal bags to community members to safely and effectively rid their homes of unused prescription drugs
LEAAD-Loveland Educating Against Alcohol and Drugs
Training provided to behavioral health prevention conferences
Hosting of "Hidden In Plain Sight" which is an educational display and tool to inform parents of which drugs are being made available to youth and how they are concealed by teens.