National Council on Problem Gambling awards latest grants

The NCPG Agility Grant initiative has awarded its second round of grants.
The NCPG Agility Grant initiative has awarded its second round of grants.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has announced its fall 2022 grant recipients.

US.- The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) awarded $120,000 in funding to three organisations in support of problem gambling prevention programmes. The Agility Grant initiative funds problem gambling prevention through support from the National Football League Foundation with additional support from FanDuel.

The programme will award more than $1m dollars over three years to establish and expand problem gambling prevention efforts across the US. Agility Grants are designed programmes seeking to minimise harm on a primary level – among those who have not yet gambled – or on a secondary level – among those who have limited gambling experience.

“Problem gambling among youth has emerged as a significant and growing public health issue. Research has shown that prevention strategies produce the greatest impact,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG executive director. “We applaud the recipients of these Agility Grants for working to address problem gambling at the source and hope that this support will increase their impact on the community.”

Approximately 60 per cent of high-school-aged adolescents report having gambled for money in the last year, and 10-14 per cent of adolescents are at risk for developing a problem with gambling. Of utmost concern are the 4-6 per cent of adolescents that research has shown already have a serious problem with gambling.

“We’re proud to support the NCPG’s important work through this unique program which aims to combat problem gambling, particularly in young adults and adolescents,” said Anna Isaacson, senior vice president of Social Responsibility at the NFL. “These Agility Grants will provide critical funds to three very worthy organizations who share our desire to curb problem gambling through proactive outreach and education.”

The fall 2022 Agility Grant awards are the second round of prevention grant funding from the NCPG. The NCPG said that successful applications aligned closely with its vision of improving health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling. Each grant recipient prioritised prevention innovation, collaboration, amplification and community impact in their applications.

Fall 2022 Agility Grant funding will support the following programmes: 

  • Freedom House of Mecklenburg, Inc. will receive Agility Grant support for “Problem Gambling Primary and Secondary Prevention Curriculum Development,” a collaborative school-based program that will incorporate problem gambling prevention curriculum into the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). 
  • Ohio in Arabic will receive Agility Grant support for “Let Me Tell You Why,” a new bilingual awareness campaign designed to reach Arab youths and their families across Ohio. 
  • Volunteers of America Oregon (VOA Oregon) will receive Agility Grant support for the development of a Peer Driven Problem Gambling Prevention Campaign targeting high school and college-age student athletes. 

Agility Grants are awarded through two funding rounds each year. The Spring 2023 funding round will be open for applications from January 18 to February 28, 2023.

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