April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is honoring the cause with the launch of its Education and Prevention Grants. The new grant initiative will award a combined total of $64,000 to community organizations across the state.
With nearly 29,000 driving under the influence (DUI) convictions and 229 deaths resulting from alcohol-related crashes in Virginia during 2012, and the alarming statistic that one in five young people has their first drink of alcohol before age 13, the new grant program is designed to assist communities develop programs that prevent DUI and other high-risk drinking, as well as underage drinking and access to alcohol.
“We know that youth who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking after age 21,” said Katie Weaks, ABC education and prevention manager. “These grants respond to this information and target the most critical alcohol issues throughout the commonwealth,” she said.
The grant requests will be limited to a maximum of $8,000, and up to eight awardees will be selected for each annual grant cycle. Community coalitions, law enforcement agencies, non profits, schools, faith-based organizations and prevention-related groups are encouraged to apply.
Applicants are asked to demonstrate innovative programs that encourage partnership between organizations, and must address one or more of the following prevention priorities:
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m. To request an application, contact the ABC Education and Prevention Section at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the agency’s website at Grants.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 346 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Announces $64,000 in Grant Opportunities