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Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 15, 2020 and Island Ad-Vantages, October 15, 2020 and The Weekly Packet, October 15, 2020
Grants available to combat substance abuse

Healthy Acadia recently launched a second year of mini-grant funding available to community partners working with youth. The Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success initiative, coordinated by Healthy Acadia, is a collaborative effort to prevent youth substance use across Washington and Hancock counties, with a focus on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use prevention. Mini-grants will support community-driven, collective efforts to prevent substance use.

Healthy Acadia and Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success will provide mini-grant sub-awards of $1,000 to $10,000 to community groups, such as schools, community centers, and nonprofit organizations, that seek to provide new opportunities that support positive social development, resilience, peer-based mental health support, and/or structured, pro-social activities to support substance use prevention.

Healthy Acadia will host informational sessions via Zoom to provide organizations with opportunities to ask questions about proposed project ideas, last year’s projects, the evaluation process, and more. Sessions are scheduled for October 21 at 10 a.m., October 29 at 3 p.m., and November 3 at 3 p.m. Contact McConnell at for login information. For information and to view the request for proposals, visit, call 255-3741 or Applications are due by November 4.