Shenandoah University’s counseling department and the Warren County Community Health Coalition were two of 11 Virginia organizations to receive funding yesterday 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 to distribute checks of up to $8,000 to representatives from the organizations in support of their education and prevention projects.
Shenandoah University in Winchester was awarded $7,660 for its “SIP: Students in Prevention” campaign. The school’s counseling department seeks to increase bystander participation and reduce underage alcohol use and abuse by providing Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) alcohol education training. The group will also create a media campaign that promotes healthy choices.
The Front Royal-based Warren County Community Health Coalition was awarded the maximum grant award of $8,000 for its campaign SUAVE ART: Stopping Underage Alcohol Violations and Enforcing Alcohol Regulations and Traffic Laws. The group will produce ads to educate parents and community youth about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving. In addition, the Front Royal Police Department will conduct compliance checks at local retailers and the Warren County Sheriff’s office will conduct DUI and party patrols during homecoming and prom nights for Warren County and Skyline high schools.
Virginia ABC received 28 applications for its Education & Prevention Grant Program, and the grant review committee chose nine 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|
|Planning District One Behavioral Health Services (Norton)||$7,897|
|Prevention Council of Roanoke County (Roanoke)||$3,350|
|SAFE - Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc. (Chesterfield)||$7,960|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department (Richmond)||$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 Grants to 11 Organizations, Including Shenandoah University and Warren County Community Health Coalition