The urgency to find a sustainable funding program for the coalition comes from the ending of the group’s former grant with the Drug Free Communities Support Program. The 10-year plan for the DFC grant is complete at the end of September.
The coalition currently has enough funding to make it through the end of the year and part of next year, but is looking for a long-term option to continue serving the Clinton County area.
During the brainstorming session, coalition members from the Area Substance Abuse Council, the YWCA, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and Mercy Medical Center, among others, suggested funding options for the coalition to continue operation.
One choice the coalition is planning to pursue is the option for budget line items with large, area businesses that have strong connections to the cause.
Cole’s “Who, What, Who, When” chart gave the group an opportunity to ask who they would pursue for funding, what they would promote to those businesses, who would be the one to pursue the businesses and when it would all happen.
“We really need to look at what companies fit better with what entities,” ASCA Director of Prevention for Clinton and Jackson County Leslie Mussman said.
The next step for the Gateway ImpACT Coalition is to start coming up with more options for future funding, without competing with other non-profits in the community.
To gain more knowledge about other organizations and funding options another sustainability meeting will begin at noon Sept. 26 at Pizza Ranch in Clinton.
Coalition Coordinator Crystal Lawburgh hopes some of the other non-profit organizations will be present at the meeting so each group can discuss its future fund-raising efforts, but knows it could be a tall order to fill.
“I think some people will be reluctant to volunteer that information because they don’t want other groups reaching out for that funding,” Lawburgh said. “But at least we can get an idea of what’s out there.”