Local philanthropy group 100WomenStrong has begun a $25,000 Addiction and Recovery Initiative in Loudoun County.
The group is inviting eligible organizations to apply for funds for new or existing programs that specialize in prevention or treatment of substance misuse or provide aftercare services for recovering misusers and addicts, according to 100WomenStrong officials.
Applicants must be a nonprofit public charity or unit of government or public school and must have programs that directly impact Loudoun County.
Founded in 2008, 100WomenStrong gives strategic grants to Loudoun nonprofits working in the areas of shelter, health, hunger and education.
Member Judi Schaufeld Garlick spearheaded the Addiction and Recovery Initiative upon learning that services related to substance misuse are lacking in the county.
A recent report from the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties states that 17.1 percent of Loudoun adults identify as drinking excessively, that 8.5 deaths per 100,000 in Loudoun are due to drug overdose and 2.1 deaths per 100,000 are due to prescription opioid overdose.
Garlick’s “lightbulb moment” came when she realized that despite these alarming statistics, 100WomenStrong had received few, if any, requests to fund programs related to drug misuse in its 10-year history. She began a committee that researched existing resources in Loudoun.
“We sat around my dining room table and met with attorneys from drug and probation courts, policymakers, parents of addicts, emergency room doctors, addiction treatment counselors, recovering addicts, pediatricians and psychologists, music therapists and naloxone trainers,” Garlick said in a prepared statement. “We wanted to look at the issue from every angle and understand as much as we could about what is happening in our area around drug misuse and people in active addiction.”
Grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000 per organization. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1, and grants are expected to be announced in October 2020. More information is available at onehundredwomenstrong.org/grants-2.