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16.727 Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Law 107-77.
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To support and enhance efforts by States, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to enforce underage drinking by prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, or the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

In fiscal year 2001, a total of $25 million was awarded as block and discretionary grants in the following manner: Funds were dispersed in the amount of $360,000 to each State and the District of Columbia in block grants to support and enhance efforts by States, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. Funds in the amount of $6,640,000 were dispersed to support discretionary program activities in local jurisdictions, training and technical assistance to all States and a national evaluation. To support local discretionary programming activity, funds were competitively awarded to State agencies receiving block grants. The local programs implement the comprehensive approach to curtailing access and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, including the enforcement of laws pertaining to underage alcohol purchase, possession, and use. Funds to support training and technical assistance and the national evaluation supplemented on-going efforts by the existing grantees. For purposes of this initiative, minors are defined as individuals under 21 years of age. These funds cannot be used to supplant existing programs and activities (Supplanting means to deliberately reduce State or local funds because of the existence of Federal funds.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   To receive a Block Grant, Governors and the Mayor of the District of Columbia designated an agency to serve as the point of contact to apply for, receive, and administer the targeted grant funds. The same designated agencies may apply to receive a Discretionary Grant. Their applications must detail a comprehensive approach to curtailing access and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors, including the enforcement of underage drinking laws and how that approach will be implemented by State-selected local communities. States are encouraged to link with ongoing public and private efforts (including those of foundations and national organizations). Training and technical assistance and national evaluation funds were made available through a separate application process.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   States, territories, the District of Columbia, and Native American/Alaskan Native communities are eligible to apply for discretionary funds through a separate application process.

Credentials/Documentation:   Each applicant applying for funds must submit a completed application, including signed assurances that it will comply with administrative requirements.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure:   Applicants must submit completed Standard Form 424 and other information outlined in the Application Kit to the Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Each applicant must detail a comprehensive approach to enforcing underage drinking laws and describe how the Federal funds will be used to contribute to the implementation of that comprehensive approach. States are encouraged to link with ongoing public and private efforts (including law enforcement agencies and those of foundations and national organizations). The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedure:   A letter with copies of the grant award is sent to the applicant agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. One copy of the grant award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs. Local units of government will receive Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws funds through the applicant agency subgrant award process.

Deadlines:   Contact the State and Tribal Assistance Division, OJJDP (202) 307-5924, the Training and Technical Assistance Division, OJJDP (202) 307-5940, or the Special Emphasis Division, OJJDP (202) 307-5914, for application deadlines. The discretionary solicitation is posted annually on http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/grants/current.html.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Applications will generally approved within 30 to 45 days of receipt of a complete application.

Appeals:   Hearings and appeal procedures will follow 28 CFR, Part 18, of the Department of Justice Regulations.

Renewals:   Renewals are subject to appropriations.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   In fiscal year 2001 a total of $25 million was appropriated and allocated. These funds will be disbursed through assistance awards of $360,000 to each State and the District of Columbia; discretionary funds in the amount of $6,640,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Awards are made for 12 to 24 months.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Quarterly financial and semiannual progress reports are required.

Audits:   All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as described in OJP's Financial Guide, Chapter 19.

Records:   In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR, Parts 66 and 70, recipients must maintain all financial reports and other supporting documents pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   15-0405-0-1-754.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $29,548,341; FY 02 est $25,014,667; and FY 03 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:   Not applicable.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
The Appropriations Act for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes (Appropriations Act) appropriated $25 million to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Block grants of $360,000 were to be made available to States and the District of Columbia to build the following types of approaches into a state strategy: 1) Statewide task forces of State and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to target establishments suspected of a pattern of violations of State laws governing the sale and consumption of alcohol by minors; 2) public advertising programs to educate establishments about statutory prohibitions and sanctions; and 3) innovative programs to prevent and combat underage drinking. In addition, $6,640,000 was to support discretionary awards and training and technical assistance to support program activity at the State and local levels. In response, OJJDP awarded each State and the District of Columbia a $360,000 block grant to be administered by the agency designated by each State's governor or the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Eight States (CT, ME, MD, NV, IL, NY, NC and VA) won competitive discretionary awards to support and demonstrate the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws program at the local level. Each State received up to $400,000. Supplemental awards were provided to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in support of the training and technical assistance effort and to Wake Forest University School of Medicine in support of the national evaluation.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

OJP Financial Guide.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Jennifer Yeh U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-9135

Web Site Address:  
https://ojp.gov/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

The Training and Technical Assistance Division has the responsibility for administering training and technical assistance projects to support States and units of local government in addressing the four program purpose areas. In fiscal year 2001, a continuation award was made to Pacific Institute for Research (PIRE), the national technical assistance provider.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Criteria is established by the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program Guideline of FY 2001, as established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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