Supporting substance use and abuse prevention
The Substance Education and Awareness (SEA) Fund provides grants to support substance use and abuse prevention for Boulder youth, families and community members.
SEA Fund 2022 Funding Allocation
In December 2021, the City of Boulder approved $380,000 in 2022 Substance Education and Awareness Fund grants, with anticipated continued grant funding through 2026, for community nonprofit substance use prevention programs.
2020 Substance Education and Awareness Fund Annual Report
The annual report outlines key activities and community impacts that resulted from SEA Fund program grantees. The SEA Fund focus on substance use prevention helped support youth and other community members. This framework has been even more important given increased stress, anxiety and disparities due to COVID-19. SEA Fund grantee partners also benefited from network collaboration and professional development activities, which increase our community capacity for substance use prevention.
The City of Boulder, in collaboration with Boulder County Community Services, has since 2017 supported substance use prevention programming to benefit city youth and other community members. The SEA Fund offers grants to non-profit agencies of any size to meaningfully incorporate, expand and elevate program work in substance use and abuse prevention; develop skills in program management, data collection and evaluation; apply health equity principles and practices; increase youth-based and youth-led strategies; and leverage partnerships for greater community wide impacts. In addition to grant funding, SEA Fund partners have opportunities for professional development that will increase expertise in implementation science, prevention competency and program sustainability.
SEA program goals are:
- Widespread community distribution and awareness of information and programs developed;
- Shift community perceptions of risk associated with substance use, including the impact of drugs, alcohol, recreational marijuana and abuse of prescription medications on children and youth;
- Prevent/reduce youth abuse of alcohol and recreational drugs including marijuana; and
- Reduce accidental ingestion of marijuana and other drugs.
Funding for SEA program grants comes from a portion of annual revenue from the city’s Recreational Marijuana and Electronic Smoking Device taxes.