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Virginia ABC Awards More than $74,000 in Grants for Alcohol Education and Prevention Programs

July 05, 2016

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

Virginia ABC Awards More than $74,000 in Grants for Alcohol Education and Prevention Programs

Twelve universities and community organizations across the state were recently awarded a combined $74,000 in Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Education and Prevention grants to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking in their schools and neighborhoods. From social marketing and media campaigns, to law enforcement patrols to mentoring programs, the award recipients proposed creative plans to help improve awareness, education and prevention of alcohol misuse in their communities. The following organizations were awarded funds for the 2016-2017 grant cycle:   

  • Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia, Richmond ($4,000)
  • CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives)/Piedmont Community Services, Martinsville ($7,700)
  • Eastern Shore Community Services Board, Nassawadox ($7,835)
  • Friends of Prevention Coalition of Richmond, Richmond ($6,800)
  • Futuro Latino at James Madison University, Harrisonburg ($8,000)
  • Hanover Cares Coalition, Ashland ($8,000)
  • Henrico Too Smart 2 Start, Henrico ($7,200)
  • Longwood University’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Farmville ($1,507)
  • Newport News Department of Human Services, Newport News ($5,300)
  • Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE), North Chesterfield ($8,000)
  • University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise ($7,380)
  • Washington County Prevention Coalition, Washington County ($2,600)

This is the third consecutive year ABC has offered the Alcohol Education & Prevention Grant Program. “Our goal is to expand our educational reach by supporting and partnering with organizations that share in our mission,” said ABC Education and Prevention Manager Katie Weaks. “We are committed to providing resources and programs that have long-lasting impact and encourage collaboration in the ongoing effort to reduce substance abuse issues for people of all ages across the commonwealth,” she said.

Each year grant requests are limited to a maximum of $8,000. For more information about ABC’s Education & Prevention Grant program, visit the agency’s website at www.abc.virginia.gov.

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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 359 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 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 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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