$300,000 in grants available

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky State Police have more than $300,000 in grant funds available for programs aimed at preventing underage drinking.

The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice, and Delinquency Prevention block grant.

"Enforcement is vital to reducing underage drinking in Kentucky, but it must be accompanied by an educational component that will bring awareness about the serious dangers involved," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "These federal dollars will allow communities to work together to identify local needs and sustain a successful strategy to combat underage drinking."

"The key is being vigilant in changing the social perception that underage drinking is a rite of passage for youth," said Brewer.  "When in actuality, it is a dangerous drug that is proven to reduce brain activity in young people, resulting in dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences."

Programs that have been funded in the past include: retail enforcement and education, campus enforcement projects, youth-led multi-media projects, community coalitions and student alcohol education programs.

"EUDL grant activities specifically target the ability of youth to gain access to alcohol," remarked Brewer.  "Kentucky's youth are the future of the Commonwealth and we must utilize every effort available to protect this most valuable asset."

For more information about the EUDL grant program, please contact Sherry Bray at (502) 782-1781.  Applications must be submitted to the KSP Public Affairs Branch, 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, Ky. 40601 on or before January 18, 2011 by 4:30 p.m. (EST).  The grant application package can be accessed through the KSP website.

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