Longwood University’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Team is one of 11 Virginia organizations to receive funding from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through its inaugural Education & Prevention Grant Program. Virginia ABC hosted a reception at the agency’s regional office in Staunton yesterday to distribute checks of up to $8,000 to representatives from the organizations in support of their education and prevention projects.
Longwood’s ATOD Team was awarded the maximum grant amount of $8,000 for its “Alcohol Misuse/Abuse: Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS)” campaign. The team will implement the TIPS alcohol education for up to 500 student leaders from groups across campus, including Greek life, student government, campus housing and recreational clubs. The course is used by universities across the country to educate students about preventing drunk driving, intoxication and alcohol abuse. Currently, Longwood University does not utilize a formal alcohol education course until after a student has committed a conduct code violation. The ATOD Team will be proactive and use the TIPS training to reach students before a violation takes place. The team will also work with university authorities to increase enforcement efforts on campus.
Virginia ABC received 28 applications for its Education & Prevention Grant Program, and the grant review committee chose 10 other recipients including:
|City of Waynesboro Office on Youth (Waynesboro)||$6,350|
|Futuro Latino at James Madison University (Harrisonburg)||$8,000|
|HEY! Coalition/Piedmont Community Services (Martinsville)||$8,000|
|Middlesex County Public Schools (Saluda)||$7,975|
|Planning District One Behavioral Health Services (Norton)||$7,897|
|Prevention Council of Roanoke County (Roanoke)||$3,350|
|Shenandoah University (Winchester)||$7,660|
|SAFE - Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc. (Chesterfield)||$7,960|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department (Richmond)||$8,000|
|Warren County Community Health Coalition (Front Royal)||$8,000|
In total, Virginia ABC is supplying $81,192 in grants.
“This is the first year ABC offered the Education & Prevention Grant Program, and we were impressed with the number of high-quality proposals we received,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeff Painter. “These programs are innovative, have a long-lasting impact on the community, reach large numbers of citizens and encourage partnerships between organizations.”
The grant cycle runs through June 2015 and each organization has until then to implement its proposed program.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 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 celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Awards Grant to Longwood University to Support Alcohol Education and Prevention Initiatives