Vernon County Opioid Prevention and Abatement Committee announces second round of grants

VIROQUA, Wis. – The Vernon County Opioid Prevention and Abatement Steering Committee is proud to announce a second round of grant awards to two organizations in the amount of $25,000 each.

The first grant was awarded to Next Steps for Change, Inc. to implement peer support programming for individuals with substance abuse disorders at the Vernon County Jail, to train community members as Recovery Coaches, and to distribute Narcan. The second grant was awarded to the Knutson Memorial Library to offer Certified Peer Specialist Trainings that will help support treatment and recovery efforts currently underway and to expand the network of service providers in mental health programming at the county and regional levels.

This grant program is funded through the National Opioid Settlement for the abatement, prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid drug use and its various effects. In total, Vernon County has awarded $100,000 in grants this year to fund projects that support these efforts.

The next round of grant applications is due September 1, 2024. Vernon County non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, and local governments can apply for grant opportunities that align with the committee’s values and mission. Projects can receive from $100 up to $25,000 based on project goals and objectives.

For more information on the committee, resources to help fight the opioid epidemic, and for a link to apply for grant funding please visit the committee website here.

For questions related to the committee, settlement funds, or the grant application process, please contact Administrative Coordinator Cassandra Hanan at (608) 637-5396 or email at

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