HARRISBURG, Pa., June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Committed to providing financial support to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol consumption, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced it will award almost $2.3 million to 66 schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education through the 2017-19 Alcohol Education Grant Program.
"This year, we're awarding a record amount of funding to the most grant recipients we've ever approved through this grant program because we know how important these local projects are to alcohol education and public health and safety," said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. "Preventing underage and irresponsible drinking is an important part of our mission, one we take very seriously, and we've awarded more than $14.1 million in grants since 1999."
Of 99 grant applications received, 66 organizations from 33 counties across Pennsylvania were awarded a total of $2,295,090 in grants. The maximum award for each two-year grant is $40,000.
Of the grants awarded:
- More than 40 will fund community law-enforcement efforts for targeted underage patrols, training, and equipment.
- 17 will be used to support community and nonprofit organizations by funding initiatives such as Project Alert, Project Northland, the Strengthening Families Program, Project Sticker Shock and enforcement efforts.
- Three will go to primary and secondary schools to fund various programs aimed at reaching students, such as enforcement during school special events and programs including Alcohol Wise, MADD's Power of Parents®, and Parents Who Host, Lose the Most®.
- 22 college and university grants will help schools develop strategies to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol use through surveys and assessments, enforcement efforts, attendance at alcohol education conferences, training for resident assistants, peer education programs, and evidence-informed programs like CHOICES, Alcohol Edu®, and Operation Buzzkill.
The PLCB works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Alcohol education programs include a poster contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, a free annual alcohol education conference, the creation and distribution of a wide range of educational materials, and training and technical assistance for organizations working to address issues related to irresponsible consumption.
In addition, the PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers, retailers and handlers. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency's inception – are returned to Pennsylvania's General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania's schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
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