State grants fund programs to reduce underage, dangerous drinking

John McDevitt
February 19, 2020 - 3:32 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is now accepting applications for its biannual grants, which fund programs that discourage and reduce underage and dangerous drinking. 

The grants support community organizations, police departments, schools and institutions of higher education, and similar agencies to promote programs that support responsible consumption and prevent underage drinking. 

“The grants are up to $20,000 a year, up to two years, and we've seen great success with this over the past couple of years,” said Shawn Kelly, PLCB press secretary. “We have agencies who bring in tried and true programs from outside the area. We have law enforcement agencies that will conduct additional checkpoints and drunk driving programs. It's really used for a wide range of programs.”

Kelly said some of these organizations just need a bit of funding to help bring the message into the community, especially to parents.

"Some of our grant recipients have included agencies that increase underage police patrols, for instance, of college campuses or maybe at a local community,” he added. “They have enhanced law enforcement initiatives designed to curb underage drinking, overdrinking and, in some cases, driving under the influence.”

Since the program was established in 1999, it has issued more than $15 million in these grants. The deadline to apply is noon on March 20.