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2023 Blue Ribbon Application
(Formerly Got Outcomes! Awards)
Phase I Application Announcement

Thank you for your interest in CADCA’s 2023 Blue Ribbon Application process! This is your coalition’s opportunity to receive national recognition for positive community-level outcomes achieved. The application process draws on the actual products used by coalitions and offers coalitions the ability to strengthen these existing products to make an effective case for their contributions to community-level outcomes.

This is the first phase of a two-phase process. In Phase I, CADCA will review and score each of the coalition’s products (e.g., Community Assessment, Logic Model…). Coalitions meeting a threshold score will advance to Phase II.

Advancing finalists will be recognized as **Blue Ribbon Coalitions** and invited to tell their coalition’s story of how they have contributed to changes in their community-level outcomes. The highest scoring Phase II applicants will receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards in the following categories:


Coalition in Focus: Short-term Outcomes

Coalition of Excellence: Intermediate Outcomes

Coalition of the Year: Long-term Outcomes


ALL coalitions are welcome to apply. Coalitions in year two of their Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant are recommended to apply.

**Blue Ribbon Coalition is a two-year recognition. Once two years have passed, coalitions can re-earn their recognition status through the Blue Ribbon Application process. Coalitions who re-apply before the two years are expired and achieve Blue Ribbon Coalition will have their two-year status restarted.


Become a CADCA Blue Ribbon Coalition!

The CADCA Blue Ribbon Coalitions are able to take what they’ve learned at the National Coalition Academy and apply it to their coalition’s work. They are recognized for doing an exceptional job updating and utilizing their coalition products in order to set themselves up for community success. In addition, they have been recognized by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and by the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.


Becoming a Blue Ribbon Coalition can become a platform to obtain local and national recognition, used in other grant applications, and to pursue other funding agreements. A great demonstration of using the Blue Ribbon Coalition name is Beech Grove Comprehensive Drug Free Coalition. They brought in the Mayor of Beech Grove and General Price from CADCA to celebrate the Blue Ribbon Coalition recognition and showcase the community partners involved in their coalition’s success!

Application Details + Requirements

Download the full application package which includes information such as:

  • Application Requirements
  • Application Steps and Submission
  • Coalition Product Templates
  • Phase I Grading Rubric

For any questions, email

Application Support

If you would like additional assistance and feedback on your application products before submission, please reach out to the Coalition Development Support team at or book an appointment with them and mention “Blue Ribbon Application”