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United Way of Northwest Vermont announces $372,000 in subgrants for substance misuse prevention efforts in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Washington Counties

South Burlington, VT: United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT) is issuing $372,000 in subgrants to 19 organizations to support substance misuse prevention efforts in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Washington Counties.  

The funding comes from the State of Vermont Department of Health Division of Substance Use Programs (DSU) and is part of the state’s new framework for regional funding to advance a statewide system of substance misuse prevention.  

UWNWVT is one of four Lead Prevention Organizations selected by DSU to lead regional substance misuse prevention activities and subgrant funds to community prevention partners. Funding applications were reviewed by volunteer Funding Committees made up of local community members from the region.  

“Substance misuse affects every community in Vermont. The Funding Committee’s decisions were guided by local needs and priorities in our region. We are grateful for their commitment and dedication and excited to support the incredible work that prevention partners are doing in our communities,” said UWNWVT Prevention Network Manager Mahat Abdullahi.  

State funds offered through these subgrants are for the purpose of advancing substance misuse prevention, across all ages and substances, by:  

  • preventing the onset of substance misuse,  
  • delaying initiation of substance use,  
  • promoting healthy lifestyles, and  
  • optimizing wellbeing among individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan.   

Collectively, the funded programs and projects will reduce disparities in access to prevention resources and support a holistic prevention model that builds community. They will also address risk and protective factors for multiple populations such as youth, parents and caregivers, people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people from households with limited financial means, and people experiencing homelessness. 


See a full list of subgrants below. To learn more and get involved in regional substance misuse prevention efforts, visit www.preventionnetworknwvt.org 




Priority Area 


Priority pop 


Geographic Reach 




All Together Now


Youth Empowerment and increasing access to programs & Services  


Youth  Bolton, Huntington, Jericho, Richmond, Underhill  $25,000 
Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community 


Community Prevention & Education  Youth  Burlington  $25,000 
Burlington Dismas House 


Substance Use Prevention Case Management  Individuals at risk of substance use; individuals transitioning from incarceration  Chittenden & Franklin Counties  $14,600 
Education Justice Coalition of VT 


Training and Support Services for BIPOC Youth  BIPOC Youth  Chittenden,  Franklin, Grand Isle Counties  $25,000 
Good Samaritan Haven 


Prevention Program for Homeless Individuals   Individuals experiencing Homelessness  Barre, Barre Town, Berlin, Montpelier   $18,900 
Milton Family Community Center 


Mentoring & Training  Youth 8-14, Families  Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, Milton, Underhill, Westford, Williston, St. Albans City, St. Albans Town  $17,500 
Outright VT 


3rd Space: Planning for Camp Outright  LGBTQ+ Youth  Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle Counties  $12,200 
People’s Health & Wellness 


Free Health care for Uninsured 2SLLGBTQ+  2SLGBTQI+  Washington County  $15,600 
Prevent Child Abuse VT 


Nurturing Parenting Programs for Families  Parents & Caregivers  Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle Counties  $12,000 
Pride Center of Vermont


Prevention & Harm Reduction Training for Staff, Programs & Services for 2STLGBTQ+ communities  2STLGBQ+  Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle Counties  $25,000 
Richard Kemp Center 


3rd Space (activities & Programs)   BIPOC Youth & Families  Burlington & Winooski  $25,000 
Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary 


Afterschool Program  Youth in grades 4-8  Barre, Barre Town, Berlin  $31,000 
Swanton Recreation 


3rd Space   Youth, Families, older adults   Franklin, Highgate, Swanton  $15,000 
Turning Point Center of Central VT 


Peer Recovery Coaching  Adult Parents  Barre, Barre Town, Berlin, East Montpelier, Montpelier  $14,800 
Twinfield Together Mentoring 


Mentoring  Youth MS  Marshfield, Plainfield  $13,000 
United Immigrant & Refugee Communities of VT  


Programs & Trainings for Refugee communities   Parents & Youth  Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, St. Albans   $22,750 
Village of Enosburg Falls: Youth Center 


3rd Space   Youth 12-22  Bakersfield, Berkshire, Enosburg Falls, Enosburg, Montgomery, Sheldon  $25,000 
Winooski Partnership for Prevention 


Community based Prevention & Education  MS/HS Youth, Parents & Families   Winooski  $25,000 
Youth First Mentoring  Mentoring   Youth 8-18  Barre City, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Montpelier, Worcester  $10,400 


About United Way of Northwest Vermont
United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT) mobilizes our community to do the work that no single organization can do alone. We proudly serve Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties of Vermont. United Way convenes advocates, organizations and institutions to address the community’s most pressing issues. Real change is possible when nonprofit, public, and private sectors work together.