York County’s All on Board coalition has lost its eligibility for more than a half-million dollar federal grant.
In a written statement Monday, All on Board Executive Director Bob Norwood said the Drug Free Communities Grant was worth $125,000 a year over five years. The coalition was first issued the grant in 2008 and funding runs out September 30, 2013.
“All on Board started in 2003 with a concerned group of York County citizens committed to addressing teen drinking in our community,” Norwood said. “It quickly grew into a larger, broader, more organized group dedicated to the prevention of teen alcohol and substance abuse.”
All on Board staff assembled a renewal application in March 2013. The organization will be eligible to re-apply in the spring of 2014.
“The coalition may be a victim of its own success,” Norwood said.
The organization is now planning on launching a fundraising effort to keep the program alive. Norwood said plans are underway to begin a fundraising effort to bridge the fundraising gap until 2014.
Since 2003, the All on Board coalition has operated as a community-wide effort to eliminate underage alcohol and drug abuse, partnering with local schools, law enforcement, the healthcare industry and private partners.
Several times a year, the organization holds medicine drops at area grocery stores to allow for the anonymous disposal of prescription medication. All on Board also coordinated an effort with local law enforcement to install pill drop-off boxes in the lobbies of area police departments and the York County Sheriff’s Office.