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Virginia ABC awards over $74k in grants for alcohol education programs

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 13:29:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has awarded 12 universities and community organizations with a combined $74,000 in grants to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking.

The organizations proposed creative ways to improve awareness, education, and prevention of alcohol misuse in their communities. Some ideas included social marketing campaigns and creating law enforcement patrol mentoring programs.

Here are the organizations awarded funds for the 2016-2017 grant cycle:

• Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia in Richmond received $4,000.

• CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives)/Piedmont Community Services in Martinsville received $7,700.

• Eastern Shore Community Services Board in Nassawadox received $7,835.

• Friends of Prevention Coalition of Richmond received $6,800.

• Futuro Latino at James Madison University in Harrisonburg received$8,000.

• Hanover Cares Coalition in Ashland received $8,000.

• Henrico Too Smart 2 Start received $7,200.

• Longwood University’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs in Farmville received $1,507.

• Newport News Department of Human Services received $5,300.

• Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE) in North Chesterfield received $8,000.

• University of Virginia’s College at Wise received $7,380.

• Washington County Prevention Coalition received $2,600.

This is the third year Virginia ABC has offered the Alcohol Education & Prevention Grant Program. Each year grant requests are limited to a maximum of $8,000.

“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.”