The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Police Department in Richmond and the Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc. (SAFE) of Chesterfield 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 ABC regional office in Staunton to distribute checks of up to $8,000 to representatives from the 11 organizations in support of their education and prevention projects.
VCU’s police department was awarded the maximum grant amount of $8,000 to support its “Operation SafeWay” campaign. The project aims to reduce underage alcohol possession and consumption among students at VCU and seeks to reduce alcohol violations occurring at local establishments around campus. The project will consist of educational forums, increased enforcement at parties and an outreach campaign to landlords who lease off-campus housing to VCU students. This effort is a collaboration between VCU police, the Wellness Resource Center and local community organizations.
SAFE was awarded $7,960 to create the Central Virginia Latino Coalition Initiative. In partnership with Community Coalitions of Virginia and the Virginia Alcohol Policy Alliance, this initiative will focus on preventing high-risk alcohol use among Chesterfield County’s Latino community. Through the implementation of a media campaign and targeted education for parents and retailers, the project seeks to enhance the Latino community’s understanding of Virginia ABC laws and reduce consumption of alcohol in parking lots along three main corridors in Chesterfield County.
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|
|Shenandoah University (Winchester)||$7,660|
|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 Grants to VCU Police and Chesterfield’s SAFE to Support Alcohol Education and Prevention Initiatives