By Justin Heinze of

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says they’re providing $2.8 million in funding to education and awareness projects statewide.

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, PA — The Plymouth Township Police Department has received a significant grant from the state in order to combat underage and “dangerous” drinking, officials announced this week.

The money comes from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which said they disbursed $2.7 million to 84 different community organizations, schools, nonprofits, police departments, and municipalities.

“The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board takes its alcohol education responsibility very seriously, as evidenced by our funding of these important local projects, which promote public health and safety,” PLCB Chairman Tim Holden said in a statement. “Preventing underage and irresponsible drinking is an important part of our mission, and we’ve awarded $17.7 million in alcohol education grants since 1999.”

The Plymouth Township grant is one of 24 given statewide to law enforcement agencies to help provide targeted underage patrols, training, community outreach, and equipment.

A total of 13 different grants were awarded to various entities in Montgomery County, including Ursinus College, Arcadia University, Bryn Mawr College, Family Services of Montgomery County, Lower Merion Police, Lower Providence Police, Manor College, Marlborough Police, Plymouth Township Police, Rosemont College, the CTC Wellness Foundation, Upper Dublin Township, and Upper Gwynedd Township.