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Virginia ABC to Award Grants for Alcohol Education and Prevention Programs

March 05, 2015

News Release Contact:

Kathleen Shaw - (804) 213-4640
Email: kathleen.shaw@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC to Award Grants for Alcohol Education and Prevention Programs

  • Virginia ABC is now accepting applications for its 2015–2016 Education and Prevention Grants.
  • ABC will award grants of up to $8,000 to each recipient for alcohol prevention initiatives.
  • Applications are due by Saturday, April 25 at 5 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Education and Prevention Grants. This is the second year of the grant program, which will award funding to community organizations across the state for initiatives that help prevent alcohol misuse.

“We know that excessive alcohol use, including binge drinking and drinking by those younger than age 21, is responsible for thousands of deaths each year in the United States and billions of dollars in economic costs,” said Katie Weaks, ABC education and prevention manager. “These grants respond to this information and target the most acute alcohol issues across the commonwealth,” she said.

Applicants are asked to propose innovative programs that encourage partnership between organizations and address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Underage drinking prevention
  • Social providing prevention
  • High-risk drinking prevention

Grant requests will be limited to a maximum of $8,000. Community coalitions, law enforcement agencies, non profits, schools, faith-based organizations and prevention-related groups are encouraged to apply. The grant cycle will run from July 2015 through June 2016, and each organization will have the full year to implement its proposed program.

Applications are available on the Virginia ABC website, or for more information contact ABC’s Education & Prevention Section at (804) 977-7440 or education@abc.virginia.gov. Completed applications are due by April 25 at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Last year, Virginia ABC received 28 applications for its inaugural Education and Prevention Grant program. The review committee chose 11 recipients including the City of Waynesboro Office on Youth; Futuro Latino at James Madison University; Hey! Coalition/Piedmont Community Services; Longwood University ATOD Team; Middlesex County Public Schools; Planning District One Behavioral Health Services; Prevention Council of Roanoke County; SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment), Inc.; Shenandoah University; Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department; and Warren County Community Health Coalition.


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 351 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.

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