Mini-grants help campuses meet challenges of high-risk drinking, drug abuse

February 21, 2007

The need to provide programming and other initiatives to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drinking, smoking and other drug abuse exists at all Penn State campuses, not just University Park. To meet that need, Penn State's Commission for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), for the past four years, has awarded more than $100,000 in mini-grants to campuses other than University Park in support of such initiatives.

According to Brian Mauro, CSAP chair, funds are used to support the campuses' strategies in furthering their alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention efforts. "The goal of these grants is to help Penn State campuses to meet the challenges of reducing high-risk drinking and preventing tobacco and drug use among students."

This past year, nine campuses were awarded mini-grants based on documented effective or promising strategies to address substance abuse issues on campus. Campuses were eligible to receive up to $5,000 for their initiatives. The 2006-07 mini-grant recipients were Penn State Beaver, Penn State Erie, Penn State Hazelton, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Penn State Worthington Scranton.

A relatively new initiative, the CSAP student mini-grant program, was designed in 2005 as a means to empower student organizations to develop creative, effective initiatives to address alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues on campus. For example, Penn State's Students for Tobacco Awareness was able to increase promotion of their Smoke-Free Bar initiative with funding from the student mini-grant program. Brittney Ravettine, a member of the organization, says that Students for Tobacco Awareness is a small group with a big cause. "We only receive a certain amount of money to work with and having the extra help that the CSAP program provides us with allows us the opportunity to be creative and further aids our work towards smoke-free bars. The application process is straightforward and well worth it because it gives us that extra bit in a time where every resource counts."

Applications for the campus and student CSAP mini-grants for 2007-2008 are now available. For a hard copy of criteria and a grant application, contact Anna Zacher at or (814) 865-5455. Grant applications are due March 30.

Anyone who needs assistance with the grant application or who has questions regarding effective environmental strategies also should contact Zacher.

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