HARRISBURG, January 19, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today reminded local organizations of the fast approaching February 4 application deadline for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) Alcohol Education Grant Program.

Colleges and universities, schools, municipalities and community organizations are eligible for grants to develop or maintain programs designed to reduce and discourage underage and dangerous drinking. The maximum amount an eligible organization can apply for is $15,000.

“Alcohol abuse is a debilitating problem throughout the country and we need to take every precaution necessary to discourage our children from making the wrong choices about alcohol use,” Blake said. “It is imperative that local organizations working with our youth and educating them on the dangers of alcohol seize every opportunity to obtain the resources they need to further this important work.”

Since 1999, the PLCB has awarded more than $4 million to colleges, universities and municipalities throughout the state to help curb underage drinking and alcohol abuse by students.

Eligible organizations can click here to download the grant application and instruction guide.

For further information on the PLCB’s Alcohol Education Grant Program, contact the Bureau of Alcohol Education at 717-772-1432.

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