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).

ROUND 1 FUNDING- 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 22, 2019 and August 2, 2019

ROUND 2 FUNDING- FY2019 Important Dates

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due: April 12, 2019

Notification of Accepted LOI: April 19, 2019

Required Grant Writing Workshop: April 25, 2019

Grant Applications Due: May 10, 2019

Notice of Awards: May 28, 2019

Mid-Year Report Due: August 30, 2019

Final Grant Report Due: December 13, 2019

Required Learning Collaborative Grantee Meetings: August 2 & October 4

Click here for the complete grant application for the second round of funding for FY2019 

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

A Few Examples of Resources Generated from Grant Categories

Community assessment of subtance use problems in neighborhood
Community Surveys
Environmental Scans- alcohol and marijuana
Focus groups
Developing a logic model 
Community readiness activities to build retention of prevention strategies
Attendance at prevention webinars and conferences 
Membership orientation packets
Leadership trainings
Manual evaluation tracking of community change by coalition
Youth prevention strategies
Building a youth coalition with your group
Board structure/governance 
Attendance at prevention webinars and conferences
Website development
Coalition building trainings/exercises
Carrying out strategies and activities previously created in logic model(s)
Executing plan to change local policy related to substance use in your community
Developing a sustainaibility and/or fundraising plan
Developing a case statement for coalition's important role in the community 
Carrying out a planning retreat for coalition
Website development