Planning District One Behavioral Health Services of Norton was one of 11 Virginia organizations that received funding from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) yesterday through its inaugural Education & Prevention Grant Program. Virginia ABC hosted a reception at the agency’s regional office in Staunton to distribute checks of up to $8,000 to representatives from the organizations in support of their education and prevention projects.
Planning District One Behavioral Health Services was awarded $7,897 for the “Be-WISE-er…Be Responsible” campaign, a two-part project at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVa-Wise). The events—a fall 2014 education conference and a spring 2015 community event—will be held on campus to address underage alcohol consumption, binge drinking and driving under the influence. These awareness events are designed to educate and motivate students to make responsible choices regarding alcohol use.
The campaign is a collaborative effort between Planning District One Behavioral Health Services, Frontier Health Prevention Services, the UVa-Wise Center for Student Development, the Concerned About Our Community Coalition, UVa-Wise’s campus police and the UVa-Wise Student Development Advisory Board.
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|
|Longwood University ATOD Team (Farmville)||$8,000|
|Middlesex County Public Schools (Saluda)||$7,975|
|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 Norton’s Planning District One Behavioral Health Services for Project with University of Virginia’s College at Wise