DA's Office Gets Grant Money

One of our agency's central missions is to educate Pennsylvanians about the dangers of alcohol misuse," said Patrick J. "P.J." Stapleton III, chairman of the Liquor Control Board. "These grants will help communities across the state use proven methods to prevent underage drinking and support law enforcement efforts to investigate and reduce this critical problem."

The Liquor Control Board grants will fund a range of community and school-based programs, including law-enforcement training, campus environmental-management strategies and other underage-drinking prevention programs, according to Stapleton and fellow Board members Thomas F. Goldsmith and Robert S. Marcus. Since 1999, the Liquor Control Board program has awarded more than $4 million in grants to more than 240 entities.

"This year the Liquor Control Board's Bureau of Alcohol Education received the highest number of grant applications in our program's history, indicating that more Pennsylvanians than ever are eager to participate in programs that can reduce or prevent the illegal or unsafe use of alcohol," noted Jerry W. Waters Sr., director of the agency's office of regulatory affairs. "We're glad we are able to make these resources available to the community leaders who can help combat underage and dangerous drinking."

This year, 49 grants are being made directly to communities around Pennsylvania. Twenty-nine of these will fund law-enforcement efforts. The other 20 community grants will fund activities such as Safe Homes campaigns, Social Norms campaigns, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol training, Project Northland, and Parents Who Host Lose the Most marketing campaigns.

Grants to colleges and universities, 24 in all, will aid the development of environmental-management strategies to combat underage and dangerous use of alcohol. These strategies include enforcement efforts, social-norms campaigns, brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students (BASICS) programs, counselor training and activities and college alcohol risk assessments of the campus and surrounding areas to identify issues leading to alcohol problems.

Since 1997, the Liquor Control Board has received more than $3.51 million from federal agencies and organizations, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to further its efforts to reduce dangerous and underage drinking. Applications for the 2010 grant cycle will be accepted beginning in January.

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