Aug 20, 2021

ABC Announces that Grant Applications are now Available for Local Law Enforcement to Increase Safety in California Communities

California Office of Traffic Safety Grants will help fund Multiple ABC Programs

Sacramento – Beginning October 1, 2021, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), anticipates awarding grants up to $20,000 to local law enforcement agencies to utilize the Minor Decoy Program, Shoulder Tap Program and Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-related Crime Tendencies (IMPACT) Program in order to help reduce underage drinking and address alcohol-related harm in the community. The grant operation period will begin October 1, 2021, or upon federal spending authority (whichever is later) through August 31, 2022.

“These grants will help reduce youth access to alcohol and increase safety in communities throughout California,” says ABC Director Eric Hirata.

All interested agencies should understand the funding of these grants is contingent upon the ABC receiving funds from the OTS for the 2021/22 federal fiscal year.

If your agency would like to be considered for this grant, please submit all of the following documents:

  • A Letter of Interest
  • Printout of your City/County Traffic Safety Ranking. This can be found on the OTS Crash Rankings website. (depicting alcohol involved fatalities, injuries, and had been drinking (HBD) drivers under 21). From the OTS website home page, click on the “Traffic Safety Data” tab then open “OTS Collision Rankings”.
  • Budget Estimate

Send all of the above to:
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Attn: Diana Fouts-Guter, Grant Unit
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite #100
Sacramento, CA 95834

For additional information on the grant process please go to ABC’s Underage Drinking page.

All letters of interest must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021. ABC will accept letters of interest via email with an electronic signature at

Selections will be based upon the applicant’s OTS Traffic Safety Ranking, Goals and Objectives relative to funding priorities, and the ability to implement this grant. Consideration will also be given to ensure grant funds are spread throughout the state.

If you have any questions regarding the letter of interest, please call Diana Fouts-Guter at (916) 928-9807.

ABC protects communities through education, and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s free four-hour LEAD training classes to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws.

ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Public Information Office
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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