GREENFIELD — Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse Hancock County has distributed $75,000 to county schools, agencies and programs for drug treatment, education and prevention in 2014.
The grants were allocated among 15 groups, including the Mt. Vernon, Greenfield-Central and Eastern Hancock school districts; Hancock County Probation; Brandywine Community Church’s Celebrate Recovery program; and the Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center’s veterans program.
The grants followed more than $100,000 in funding requests from the agencies this year.
“I think we had more requests across the board this year than we’ve had in the last few years,” said Tim Retherford, NASA director.
Many of the requests this year came from groups that provide no-cost treatment programs for substance abuse, and those programs are becoming more necessary with a tight economy, Retherford said.
“I think we’re seeing the effects of the economy,” he said. “We fund programs that are available to the community for people who might otherwise not be able to afford it. Substance abuse treatment is an expensive thing.”
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