Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program

The EUDL Program supports and enhances states' and local jurisdictions' efforts to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

(For the purpose of this solicitation, "minors" are defined as individuals
under the age of 21.) Activities under the EUDL Program may include: -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.

-Public advertising programs to educate establishments about statutory prohibitions and sanctions.

-Innovative programs to prevent and combat underage drinking.
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 2007, a continuation award was made to Pacific Institute for Research (PIRE), the national technical assistance provider.


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.



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, 2007, and for other purposes (Appropriations Act) appropriated $25 million to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Block grants of up to $360,000, less congressional rescissions, 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, up to $6,640,000 was to support discretionary awards and training and technical assistance to support program activity at the State and local levels.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program allocates block grants for every state and the District of Columbia to enforce state laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and to prevent the purchase or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

From fiscal years (FYs) 1998 to 2008, Congress appropriated $25 million annually to OJJDP for its EUDL program.

In fiscal year 2008, a total of $25 million will be awarded as block and discretionary grants in the following manner: Funds will be dispersed in the amount of $350,000 to each State, each Territory, and the District of Columbia in block grants totaling $19,600,000.00 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 will be dispersed to support discretionary program activities in local jurisdictions, as well as training and technical assistance to all States.

To support local discretionary programming activity, funds plan to be 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.

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 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 were made available through a separate application process.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States 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.

Aplication and Award Process

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.

Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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 Relations and Assistance Division, OJJDP. Telephone: (202) 307-5924, and the Demonstration Programs Division OJJDP. Telephone: (202) 307-5914, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The statutory authority for the EUDL Block Grant Program may be found within Section 504 of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, 42 U.S.C. 5783. Congress has delegated the authority to administer the EUDL Program to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in the U. S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Office of Justice Programs (OJP)under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, P.L. 110-161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will generally be 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 2007 a total of $24,817,385 was appropriated and allocated. These funds were disbursed through assistance awards of $350,000 to each State and the District of Columbia; discretionary funds in the amount of $6,640,000. For fiscal year 2008, a total of $19,600,000.00 will be awarded as block grants in the following manner: Funds will be dispersed in the amount of $350,000 to each State, each Territory, and the District of Columbia to support and enhance EUDL efforts.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for 12 to 36 months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly financial and semiannual progress reports are required.

Audits

All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 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.

Obigations

FY 07 $24,680,700; FY 08 $25,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OJP Financial Guide.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-5924. For information on the EUDL Block Grant Program, please contact Scott Pestridge, Program Manger with the State Relations and Assistance Division on (202) 514-5655 or via e-mail at scott.pestridge@usdoj.gov. For information on EUDL Discretionary funds or Training and Technical Assistance, please contact Sharie Cantelon, Program Manger for the Demonstration Programs Division on (202) 616-3658 or via e-mail at sharie.cantelon@usdoj.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program Guideline of FY 2008, as established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.



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