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VFHY Awards $9.2 million in Tobacco Prevention Grants

December 16, 2014

Grants to 62 groups statewide will promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles

RICHMOND- The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) has awarded $9.2 million in grants to 62 organizations across Virginia for three-year grants for youth tobacco-use prevention programs.

The grants will fund classroom-based prevention programs from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018, with individual awards not to exceed $180,000 for three years or $60,000 per year. Programs will take place throughout the commonwealth, serving children from preschool through high school with age-appropriate curriculum programs including Al’s Pals, LifeSkills Training and Too Good For Drugs. The awards were approved by the VFHY Board of Trustees on Dec. 4.

Since VFHY began its work in 2001, smoking among Virginia high school students has been cut by more than 60 percent and smoking among middle school students has dropped by more than 75 percent.

The recipients of VFHY’s 2015-18 tobacco-use prevention grants are:

Organization Name Location Award Amount (Not to Exceed)
Alexandria Department of Community & Human Services Alexandria $178,625
Alternatives Inc. Hampton $179,929
Arlington County Community Services Board Arlington County $173,496
Bland County Schools Bland County $144,795
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare Blue Ridge $180,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Charlottesville $179,015
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Shenandoah Valley Winchester $95,478
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia Franklin $94,857
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Newport News $180,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Emporia/Greensville Emporia $125,425
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Neck Northern Neck $121,945
Bristol Youth Services Bristol $123,184
C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E. Newport News $78,685
Chesterfield County Public Schools Chesterfield County $180,000
Children, Youth & Family Services (ReadyKids) Charlottesville $180,000
City of Hampton Department of Parks and Recreation Hampton $170,838
Community Law Enforcement Against Narcotics Inc. Winchester $165,340
Crossroads Community Services Board Farmville $155,266
Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services Danville $179,934
Eastern Shore Community Services Board Eastern Shore $178,380
Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. Arlington $180,000
Fairfax County CSB-Wellness and Health Promotion Fairfax County $180,000
Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Fairfax County $180,000
Family Development Center of VA, INC. Warsaw $14,030
Fauquier CADRE, Inc. Warrenton $179,581
Galax City Schools Galax $130,464
Global Wellness Solutions Springfield $179,401
Henry County Schools Henry County $177,600
Highlands Community Services Abingdon $160,522
Horizon Behavioral Health Lynchburg $177,368
HumanKind (Presbyterian Homes & Family Services Inc.) Lynchburg $171,386
Life Changing Community Development Corporation Blackstone $54,870
Loudoun County Community Services Board Loudoun County $178,707
Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board Saluda $180,000
Montgomery County Public Schools Montgomery County $175,846
Mt. Rogers Community Services Board Marion $141,649
New River Valley Community Services Blacksburg $145,460
Nia Inc. of Greater Richmond Henrico $34,829
Orange County Office on Youth Orange County $179,984
Page County Public Schools Page County $30,169
Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA Newport News $58,852
Piedmont Community Services Martinsville $179,928
Planning District 1 Behavioral Health Services Norton $130,942
Pulaski County Public Schools Pulaski County $180,000
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority Richmond $180,000
Richmond City Health District Richmond $157,002
Roanoke City Public Schools Roanoke $55,015
Rockbridge Area Community Services Lexington $180,000
SCAN of Northern Virginia Alexandria $180,000
Sentara RMH Medical Center Harrisonburg $180,000
Smart Beginnings Crater Sussex $106,266
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area Fredericksburg $179,346
Smyth County Public Schools Smyth County $136,207
Southside Area Rural Health Ed. Center (Central Region) Appomattox, Buckingham, Goochland, Cumberland counties $91,844
Southside Area Rural Health Ed. Center (Southeast Region) Amelia, Charlotte, Lunenberg, Nottoway, Prince Edward counties $131,777
The Up Center Norfolk $174,932
Three Rivers Health District Saluda $137,567
United Way of Southwest Virginia Abingdon $180,000
University of Virginia Cancer Center Charlottesville $149,013
Warren County Community Health Coalition Warren County $180,000
William A. Hunton YMCA Norfolk $180,000
Youth Apostles Institute - Don Bosco Center Manassas $120,792

About the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth:

Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth empowers Virginia’s youth to make healthy choices by promoting active, nutritious and tobacco-free living. Since the Foundation began its work in 2001, high school smoking in Virginia has been cut by more than 60 percent and the number of middle school smokers has dropped by more than 75 percent. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth directly reaches about 50,000 children each year through evidence-based, educational prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs, community centers, daycares and nonprofits across the state. VFHY’s award-winning marketing campaigns deliver prevention messaging to more than 500,000 children annually. For more information visit