Indiana State Statute guides the grant process that all local coordinating councils use including CASA.
All grants are funded through countermeasure fees and fines on alcohol and drug charges collected through local court systems. In September of each year, Dearborn County Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) sets their local budget based on money that has been collected and from that money: 25% is for prevention/education grants; 25% is for law enforcement grants; and 25% goes for treatment grants.
The grant process itself opens in October and the grant is due on the first Monday in November of each year. While you are not required to be a member of CASA to apply, it is encouraged that you learn what problem statements we are trying to address and they are listed in the grant application.
CASA also encourages the use of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets and that information is included in the grant as well.
It is important to follow the directions carefully including submitting the correct number of copies and a budget for your program.
We have a grant committee that reviews the grants, schedules interviews, and makes recommendations to the membership in December. The members vote and grants are awarded in late January or mid February.
Dearborn County CASA accepts grant applications beginning on Oct. 1 of each year. All applications are reviewed by a grant committee and recommendations are made to the membership for vote. After that they are submitted to the County Commissioners and the State of Indiana for approval.
Dearborn County CASA Grant Application