Ursinus, Family Services Win PA Liquor Control Board Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Ursinus College in Collegeville, and Family Services of Montgomery County, which operates offices in Sanatoga, have been awarded a combined sum of more than $69,000 in 2020-2022 grants from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for activities planned to help reduce underage and dangerous drinking, the board announced.

Its awards are part of a total $2.87 million distributed for use during the two-year cycle. The local winners are among 84 organizations that received funding in 36 counties. The maximum award for each two-year grant is $40,000.

  • Ursinus is scheduled to receive $39,845 for public service and social media campaigns, and payments for a peer educator and security officers, as well as other activities, according to the announcement.
  • Family Services is slated to get $30,000 for alcohol awareness and prevention education programs “for five schools each year,” although specific schools were not identified.

Colleges and universities comprise the largest group of recipients by type: 34 of the 84, the board stated. They are expected to use the money to develop strategies that 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.

The Liquor Control Board regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. Taxes and store profits are returned to Pennsylvania’s general fund.

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