Several Fayette County agencies have received nearly $700,000 in grants for helping prevent substance abuse, and one of the grants will be used to fund a video contest that kicked off Monday.
The regional Keep It Real video contest asks teens to produce 30-second videos about why people under 21 shouldn't drink. The deadline for the contest is Dec. 11, and more information is available at www.keep-it-real.us.
The Keep it Real Campaign and video contest is being paid for by a $65,000 grant from the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Initiative through the Kentucky State Police.
The largest grant is a $625,000 Federal Drug Free Communities Grant, which will be distributed over a five-year period, for alcohol and marijuana prevention and dealing with prescription drug abuse.
The grant efforts have been spearheaded by the Mayor's Alliance on Substance Abuse, Bluegrass Prevention Center and the Fayette County board of the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.