Indiana statutes guide our grant process. Our grants are funded through countermeasure fees and fines collected from alcohol and drug charges through the local court system. In September of each year, CASA sets their local budget based on these funds. Split into four equal parts, our funds are distributed as grants to Prevention and Education programs, Law Enforcement programs, and Treatment programs. The last fourth of the funds go towards CASA's operating costs.
October: CASA will begin accepting grant applications
November: all applications are due by the 1st of the month. Please follow all the directions carefully.
December: CASA membership is presented with recommendations from the grant committee and voted on during the monthly meeting
Once the grants have been approved by our members, they are submitted to the County Commissioners and the State of Indiana for final approval.
Funds are distributed to the grantees by mid-February
CASA strongly supports programs that are following evidence based practices.
CASA encourages the use of the Developmental Assets Framework and the Developmental Relationships Framework and suggest grantees relate their work to this research. These two lists can be found:
CASA uses local data to identify three problem statements. We encourage you to identify how your program will address these statements.
Statement 1: illicit use of alcohol and drugs create a myriad of problems for the youth in Dearborn County
Statement 2: Methamphetamine use is increasing in our county
Statement 3: there is a lack of community awareness and understanding of the available resources for substance abuse and addiction for individuals and families of Dearborn County
Membership is not required for a program to receive grant money; however, participation in our ongoing conversation and efforts can only help support you and your work.
Grantees are required to attend at least 6 meetings during the grant cycle.
Grantees are required to provide a verbal report on the progress of their program two times during the year to our membership. Forms are provided to grantees by CASA to submit.
It is important to follow the directions provided on the grant carefully; including the submission of the correct number of copies and the budget for your program. Failure to do this could result in the delay of your application. If you have any questions, please contact us so we can help.