In an effort to encourage and support the development of alcohol education and prevention programs across the commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Education and Prevention Grant awards.
“We are looking to partner and collaborate with those who share in promoting our message of safety and responsibility,” said Katie Weaks, ABC education and prevention manager. “In this third year of the grant program, we look forward to continuing to build and expand alcohol prevention initiatives that serve to raise awareness and help save lives in communities throughout Virginia.”
Applicants are asked to propose innovative prevention programs that encourage partnership between organizations and address one or more of the following issues: underage drinking; social providing; and high-risk drinking.
Some of the projects that resulted from ABC’s Education and Prevention Grant funding last year include the staging of “The Ice Cream Man,” a play presented to 3,000 teens, parents and community members by Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Inc. with a message of decreasing underage drinking and substance abuse; an expanded Latino Coalition focusing on substance abuse prevention within the Latino population by Chesterfield Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE); and a university-wide research initiative focused on understanding factors that contribute to risky alcohol use at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Grant awards will be limited to a maximum of $8,000 per recipient. Community coalitions, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and prevention groups are encouraged to apply. The grant cycle will run from July 2016 through June 2017, and each organization will have the full year to implement its proposed program.
Applications are available on the Virginia ABC website and are due by Monday, April 25, at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information contact ABC’s Education & Prevention Section at (804) 977-7440 or visit https://www.abc.virginia.gov/education/grants.
Last year, Virginia ABC received 22 Education and Prevention Grant program applications and awarded grants to 14 recipients including: Blue Ridge Community College; Campbell County Youth Advisory Council; Chesterfield Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) Central Latino Coalition Expansion; Communities Helping to Improve Local Lives (CHILL)/Piedmont Community Services; Youth and Community Action Team (YCAT); Focus on Response and Education to Stay Healthy (FRESH) Coalition of Franklin County; Longwood University’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Team; Radford Youth Adult Partnership; Rappahannock County Schools; Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Inc.; Substance Abuse Taskforce in Rural Appalachia; Virginia Commonwealth University’s Spit for Science; Virginia State University’s Reducing and Eliminating Drinking and Driving (R.E.D.D.); and Washington County Prevention Coalition’s “Keep the Party Alive.”
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 358 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 marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Now Accepting Applications for Alcohol Education and Prevention Grants