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.
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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.