Alcohol-control board offers grants for prevention programs

The Pennsylvania Alcohol Control Board is accepting applications from organizations and municipalities for programs that look to prevent underage and dangerous drinking.
The Pennsylvania Alcohol Control Board is accepting applications from organizations and municipalities for programs that look to prevent underage and dangerous drinking. | Contributed photo

Grant applications are now being accepted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to fund programs that aim to prevent underage and dangerous drinking, the board said Monday.

Colleges and universities, schools, law enforcement agencies and community organizations can apply for the two-year grants.

"The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provides approximately $2 million in grant funding for programs that deter underage and irresponsible drinking," PLCB Chairman Joseph Brion said. "We strongly encourage community groups to work together to develop a comprehensive strategy to address underage and problem drinking before applying for grant funding. The funds can then be used to support the goals outlined in the strategy. We have found the communities that are most successful in enacting permanent, positive change are those that implement a coordinated approach."

The maximum award for the grant cycle is $20,000 per year, or up to $40,000. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and the exact amount available will be determined by the Bureau of Alcohol Education.

Any organization from all counties and municipalities can apply, and there is no limit placed on the number of applications. However, each entry must be filled out separately. Applications can be filled out on a spreadsheet this year, which helps decrease math errors and simplifies the process.

Successful applications last year focused on increased police patrols, college alcohol assessment surveys, social-norms campaigns, Parents Who Host (Lost the Most) campaigns, peer trainers and online alcohol education programs.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 13, and the application can be found at www.lcb.state.pa.us.