Fifteen universities and community organizations across the state were recently awarded more than $117,000 in Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority Education and Prevention grants to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking in their schools and neighborhoods. From social marketing and media campaigns, to community meetings and compliance checks, award recipients proposed creative plans to help improve awareness, education and prevention of alcohol misuse in their communities.
“The rewards from this program expand far beyond the 11-month grant cycle,” said Virginia ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “We’re looking forward to supporting these new initiatives from a diverse group of partners that share our mission to promote healthy communities by preventing underage and high-risk drinking.”
The following organizations were awarded funds for the 2018-2019 grant cycle:
•City of Portsmouth Police Department ($2,500)
•Emory & Henry College, Washington County ($9,950)
•Ferrum College ($9,060)
•Hanover Cares, Hanover County ($10,000)
•Lord Fairfax Community College Police Department, Shenandoah Valley/Piedmont regions ($7,495)
•Nia Incorporated of Greater Richmond ($5,500)
•Radford University ($9,375)
•Radford Youth Adult Partnership ($5,500)
•Region Ten Community Services Board, Charlottesville ($7,150)
•Rockbrdge Area Community Services ($10,000)
•SAFE Inc., Chesterfield County ($8,700)
•Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria ($7,996)
•University of Richmond ($9,000)
•University of Virginia Office of Health Promotion, Charlottesville ($5,000)
•Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council ($10,000)
For more information about ABC’s Education & Prevention Grant program, visit www.abc.virginia.gov.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 371 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 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 84th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Education and Prevention Grants