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Grants available to tackle "legal" drugs.



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Peter Andren MP - Independent Member for Calare

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25 February 2002

Grants Available to Tackle “Legal” Drugs

More than a hundred million dollars will be made available to organisations and individuals through the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, according to Member for Calare, Peter Andren.

“The Federal Government has provided $115 million to the Foundation for distribution over the next four years to address the issues of alcohol and licit substance misuse, including petrol sniffing”, Mr Andren said.

“These substances are freely available and legal, but potentially deadly when abused.

“Foundation grants will support programs and projects which address the prevention of such misuse, particularly focusing on projects which assist vulnerable population groups such as youth and Indigenous Australians.

“I encourage local organisations working on treatment, rehabilitation and prevention projects to seek financial support from the Foundation, he said.

“Partnerships between a broad range of interest groups are also encouraged. These can include government bodies, businesses, small local community organisations and individuals.

“Eligible categories are:

• Community Partnership Grants

• Demonstration Project Grants for projects which trial new approaches

• Development Grants to organisations and communities to identify actual need

• Policy Partners Grants for all levels of government, regional and national groups and the private sector

• Research Grants

• Scholarships, fellowships and workforce grants

• Sponsorship Grants for projects that involve arts, sporting and cultural activities

“Currently applications can be submitted any time, but closing dates for each category are being finalised and will apply from 1 July 2002.

“For more information you can contact the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation on 02 6122 8600 or by email at grants@aerf.com.au.

“You can also download information kits and application forms from www.aerf.com.au.” Mr Andren said.

For more information: Peter Andren 02 6332 6229 or 041 961 2891