Hingham CARES Awarded Federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant
Hingham CARES, the town’s substance misuse prevention coalition, received word today that they are recipients of the coveted federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant. The DFC grant is offered annually through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CARES, which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Support, applied for the DFC grant in 2019 when it was offered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) but was unsuccessful. In 2020, the grant was offered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The deadline for the grant was extended by three months due to COVID, and, as a result, the award announcements were also delayed. “We have been on the edge of our seats waiting for the news,” said CARES Board member Libby Claypoole who wrote the budgetary component of the grant application. “This is a great way to close out a challenging year. We are so grateful.”
Awardees will receive $125,000 per year which they are required to match, and the funding will continue for the next five years. At the end of the five years, coalitions will have the opportunity to apply for a continuation grant which would provide another five years of funding. Two other local coalitions, Scituate FACTS and Safe Harbor Cohasset, are on their second round of DFC funding.
Around 200 coalitions nationwide are benefitting from this year’s award. Six other Massachusetts coalitions join Hingham in being accepted into the program. A full list of award recipients can be found here.