The following is a brief summary of OJJDP's recent funding activities. Be sure to check the Current Funding section of the OJJDP Web site for the latest news on OJJDP funding opportunities. To receive e-mail notification of new funding opportunities, subscribe to JUVJUST.
Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws
OJJDP recently awarded more than $20 million to 50 states and the District of Columbia through the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, which supports activities in law enforcement, public education programs, and innovative methods for reaching youth. EUDL, which is the only federal initiative directed exclusively toward preventing underage drinking, consists of block grants to each state and the District of Columbia and discretionary awards to selected states to fund best and most promising activities at the local level. Each state and the District of Columbia received a $350,000 block grant award.
Additionally, California, Oregon, and Washington each received more than $1 million in discretionary awards through EUDL's Rural Communities Initiative, which organizes local communities, law enforcement agencies, juvenile departments, and judges to focus on issues that create a climate of acceptance for alcohol use among youth. The initiative supports media outreach programs that provide clear and precise messages about the dangers of binge drinking and driving after drinking as well as zero-tolerance policies for youthful offenders, including enforcement efforts targeting underage drinking parties.
For more information, read the OJP press release.
Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence
OJJDP also recently awarded $6.2 million to 15 communities through Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence, a program that supports children and families exposed to violence (including experiencing and witnessing violent crime, sexual and physical assault, child abuse, and domestic violence). Safe Start: Promising Approaches helps strengthen existing alliances among community groups (e.g., law enforcement, mental health practitioners, child welfare organizations, domestic violence victim advocates and providers), with the goal of supplying the best possible services for young children and families who have been exposed to violence or who are at risk of exposure.
Safe Start: Promising Approaches is the second phase of the Safe Start Initiative. The original Safe Start, which included 11 sites nationwide, began in 2000 and focused on developing a systemic response to the problem of children's exposure to violence. Those sites received initial Safe Start funding to implement systems and develop enhanced policies and practices within their communities to better identify and serve children exposed to violence.
For more information and a list of grantees, read the OJP press release.