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There are many sources of grant money for school assembly programs. For a list of the grants available in your state click here.  
(If you know of other funding sources, please email us at listings@schoolshows.com)



Other Funding Tips...

Block booking. This refers to booking your school for the same day, or consecutive days, as another school. Performers are often willing to discount their assembly programs if you do this. Ask your performers if they offer a "block-booking discount". Then call the other schools in your area to see if they might book with you.

Multiple assemblies. If you book more than one assembly during a day, most performers will discount the additional assemblies. Ask performers if they offer a discount for additional assemblies.

Last minute and Early-Bird booking. Try calling a performer 1-4 weeks before your desired date. If performers have not booked an assembly by that time, they might be willing to offer a discount so they can fill the empty date. Conversely, some performers may give you an "early bird" discount if you book far in advance of your event.

Flexible timing. Likewise, you might get a discount if you offer to have your assembly on a date of the performer's choosing. This allows a performer to fill last-minute empty days.

Sponsors.  Ask your local business community to sponsor an assembly program. This benefits them by generating goodwill and reaching out to their local community. They will get favorable publicity as well if you invite the local media to your event.  Contact businesses that have some connection with the program you are presenting. For example: hospitals might sponsor health programs; museums might sponsor history programs; energy companies might sponsor energy conservation programs. You could also try your local civic Groups -- Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.

Professional Development. Schools have funds for teachers' professional development. If a performer offers a full day or multiple day program that includes teacher training, you may get your school to pay for the program out of their professional development budget.

District funds. If the program you want to book is researched-based and meets certain state educational standards, your district might be willing to offer funding.

Title 1 funding. If your school has qualified for Title 1 funding, you can use part of the funding for school assemblies that will meet the Title 1 requirement for meeting the educational goals of your students.

Local Arts Organizations.  Your local museum, symphony orchestra, theatre, or similar arts organization may offer in-house grants, discounted tickets, school programs, and possibly assitance with transportation.

Funding Sources:   The following is a state-by-state list of the many sources of grant money for educational assembly and residency programs.  (If you know of other funding sources, please email us at listings@schoolshows.com)

Select your state...

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawai'i
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


Alabama

Arts and culture
Alabama State Council on the Arts  - All grants
Alabama State Council on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Alaska

Arts and culture
Alaska State Council on the Arts  - All grants
Alaska State Council on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Arizona        


Arts and culture
Arizona Commission on the Arts  - All grants
Arizona Commission on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Arkansas       


Arts and culture
Arkansas Arts Council  - All grants
Arkansas Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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California     


Arts and culture
California Arts Council  - All grants
California Arts Council  - Arts in education grants
 
Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant
T.U.P.E.

Other Grants 

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Colorado       


Arts and culture
Colorado Arts
Art (StART) Schools Grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Connecticut      


Arts and culture
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism  - All grants
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism   - Arts in education grants
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism - (overview)
Arts Presentation Grants - funding for organizations and educational institutions that present events featuring members of the Commission's Directory of Performing and Teaching Artists.
Artist Fellowships - support for Connecticut artists.
More grants
New England States Touring (NEST): provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists eligible for New England States Touring. All NEST-Eligible artists are listed on MatchBook.org.

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Delaware
      

Arts and culture
Delaware Division of the Arts  - All grants
Delaware Division of the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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District of Columbia
     

Arts and culture
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities  - All grants
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities   - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Florida
      

Arts and culture
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs  - All grants
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Georgia
       

Arts and culture
Georgia Council for the Arts  - All grants
Georgia Council for the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Hawai'i
     

Arts and culture
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts  - All grants
Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Idaho
     
Arts and culture
Idaho Commisssion on the Arts  - All grants
Idaho Commission on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Illinois
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Arts and culture
Illinois Arts Council  - All grants
Illinois Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Indiana
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Arts and culture
Indiana Arts Commisssion  - All grants
Indiana Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Iowa
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Arts and culture
Iowa  - All grants
Iowa Arts Council Major Grants  
Iowa Arts Council Mini Grants
Big Yellow School Bus Grants for travel to arts events 
EZ 1-2-3 Grants  

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Kansas
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Arts and culture
Kansas Arts Commission  - All grants
Kansas Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Kentucky
        

Arts and culture
Kentucky Arts Council  - All grants
Kentucky Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant
 
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Louisiana

Arts and culture
Louisiana Division of the Arts  - All grants
Louisiana Divsion of the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Maine

Arts and culture
New England States Touring (NEST): provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists eligible for New England States Touring. All NEST-Eligible artists are listed on MatchBook.org.
Maine Arts Commission   - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Maryland

Arts and culture
Maryland State Arts Council  - All grants
Maryland State Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Massachusetts

Arts and culture
Massachusetts Cultural Council  - All grants
Massachusetts Cultural Council  - Arts in education grants
New England States Touring (NEST): provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists eligible for New England States Touring. All NEST-Eligible artists are listed on MatchBook.org.
Associated Grantmakers (AGM)  Offering educational programs, access to online resources and the AGM Grant Makers Directory, and the Resource Center for Philanthropy. 
Health and Fitness:  http://www.jumpupandgo.com
Arts and culture: New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
Artist Fellowships provide support to artists.
Big Yellow School Bus for transportation costs of educational field trips.
Local Cultural Council Program - for projects benefiting local communities.
Cultural Investment Portfolio - funding for nonprofit arts, humanities, and interpretive science organizations.
YouthReach - multi-year grants for arts activities for youth "at-risk."
More

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Michigan

Arts and culture
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs  - All grants
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Minnesota

Arts and culture
Minnesota State Arts Board  - All grants
Minnesota State Arts Board  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Mississippi

Arts and culture
Mississippi Arts Commission  - All grants
Mississippi Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Missouri

Arts and culture
Missouri Arts Council  - All grants
Missiouri Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Montana

Arts and culture
Montana Arts Council  - All grants
Montana Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Nebraska

Arts and culture
Nebraska Arts Council  - All grants
Nebraska Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Nevada

Arts and culture
Nevada Arts Council  - All grants
Nevada Arts Council - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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New Hampshire

Arts and culture
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts - All grants
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts - Arts in education grants
New England States Touring (NEST): provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists eligible for New England States Touring. All NEST-Eligible artists are listed on MatchBook.org.
Artist Residencies in Schools 
Associated Grantmakers (AGM)
AGM offers grant seekers educational programs, access to online resources and the AGM Grant Makers Directory, and the Resource Center for Philanthropy. AGM is a regional association of grant makers, both foundations and corporations, making grants in  New Hampshire.

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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New Jersey

Art
Arts and cultures
New Jersey State Council on the Arts  - All grants
New Jersey State Council on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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New Mexico

Arts and culture
New Mexico Arts  - All grants
New Mexico Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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New York

B.O.C.E.S.
The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York, provides aid to schools for the cost of scool assembly programs and residencies. Here's how it works: 1) PTA and/or school staff selects program, contacts artist, agrees on date and cost. 2) School and district approve and send to BOCES. 3) BOCES contracts and pays performer, and bills district when services are completed. 4) The following year, the school district will receive state aid for part of the cost of the programs based on the district's state aid formula.  

Contact the Arts-In-Education division of the BOCES service in your area:
Capital Region BOCES http://arts.capregboces.org/
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES  http://www.oswegoboces.org/arts
Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES  http://www.cves.org/ISC/404.shtml
Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES  http://www.dcmoboces.com/Services_Inst.cfm?subpage=89
Dutchess County BOCES http://www.dcboces.org/artsineducation
Eastern Suffolk BOCES  http://www.esboces.org/AIE/Program_Info.aspx
Nassau BOCES  https://www.nassauboces.org/artsined/flash.asp
Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES  http://www.oneida-boces.org/ppd/ppd_performing_arts.htm
Orleans Niagara BOCES  http://www.scboces.org/17621071115018267/site/default.asp
Putnam-Westchester BOCES  http://www.pnwboces.org/artsined/
Questar III BOCES, Castleton https://www.questar.org/education/general-ed/artedu/default.htm
Rockland County BOCES  http://www.rocklandboces.org/division.cfm?subpage=323601
St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES  http://www.gstboces.org/iss/artsineducation.cfm
Sullivan BOCES sllboces.org/6458932288287/blank/browse.asp?a=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&c=52256&6458932288287Nav=|&NodeID=451
Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES http://www.scboces.org/17621071115018267/site/default.asp
Ulster BOCES http://www.tstboces.org
Westchester (Southern) BOCES http://www.wflboces.org/departments.cfm?subpage=77
Eastern Suffolk BOCES  http://www.esboces.org/AIE/Program_Info.aspx

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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North Carolina

Arts and culture
North Carolina Arts Council  - All grants
North Carolina Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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North Dakota

Arts and culture
North Dakota Council on the Arts  - All grants
North Dakota Council on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Ohio

Arts and culture
Ohio Arts Council  - All grants
Ohio Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Oklahoma

Arts and culture
Oklahoma Arts Council  - All grants
Oklahoma Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Oregon

Arts and culture
Oregon Arts Commission  - All grants
Oregon Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Pennsylvania

Arts and culture
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  - All grants
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Rhode Island

Arts and culture
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts  - All grants
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts - Arts in education grants
New England States Touring (NEST): provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists eligible for New England States Touring. All NEST-Eligible artists are listed on MatchBook.org.

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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South Carolina

Arts and culture
South Carolina Arts Commission  - All grants
South Carolina Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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South Dakota

Arts and culture
South Dakota Arts Council  - All grants
South Dakota Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Tennessee

Arts and culture
Tennessee Arts Commission  - All grants
Tennessee Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Texas

Arts and culture
Texas Commission on the Arts  - All grants
Texas Commission on the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Utah

Arts and culture
Utah Division of Arts and Museums  - All grants
Utah Division of Arts and Museums  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Vermont

Arts and culture
Vermont Arts Council  - All grants
Vermont Arts Council  - Arts in education grants
New England States Touring (NEST): provides support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists eligible for New England States Touring. All NEST-Eligible artists are listed on MatchBook.org.

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Virginia

Arts and culture
Virginia Commission for the Arts  - All grants
Virginia Commission for the Arts  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Washington

Arts and culture
Washington State Arts COmmission  - All grants
Washington State Arts Commission  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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West Virginia

Arts and culture
West Virginia Division of Culture and History  - All grants
West Virginia Division of Culture and History  - Arts in education grants

History
 
History Alive http://www.wvhumanities.org/alive.htm

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Wisconsin
Arts and culture
Wisconsin Arts Council  - All grants
Wisconsin Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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Wyoming

Arts and culture
Wyoming Arts Council  - All grants
Wyoming Arts Council  - Arts in education grants

Substance abuse
D.A.R.E.  - anti-drug program
Tobacco Free Kids
Safe and Drug Free Schools grant

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