Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

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.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

In fiscal year 2003, 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. The local discretionary programs initiated with fiscal year 2003 funds will participate in a three-year community trials evaluation initiative. 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).

Who is eligible to apply...

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 designated State 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.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

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

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

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.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

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.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Contact the State and Tribal Assistance Division, OJJDP (202) 307-5924, and the Demonstration Programs Division OJJDP (202) 307-5914, for application deadlines.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will generally be approved within 30 to 45 days of receipt of a complete application.

Preapplication 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.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


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

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Renewals are subject to appropriations.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

States are eligible to apply for discretionary funds through a separate application process.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $28,210,027; FY 04 est $24,749,000; and FY 05 est $24,749,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

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 2003, a continuation award was made to Pacific Institute for Research (PIRE), the national technical assistance provider.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

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, 2003, 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. Five States (CA, CT, FL, MO, and NY) won competitive discretionary awards to support, demonstrate, and evaluate the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws program at the local level. Each State received up to $960,000. 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.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Criteria is established by the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program Guideline of FY 2003, as established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for 12 to 36 months.

Formula and Matching Requirements

In fiscal year 2003 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.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Quarterly financial and semiannual progress reports are required.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


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.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


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.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Law 108-199.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

OJP Financial Guide.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-5924.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: