The Fall 2022 Agility Grant awards serve as the second round of prevention grant funding from the NCPG, with the latest funding awarded to Freedom House of Mecklenburg, Inc, Ohio in Arabic, and Volunteers of America Oregon (VOA Oregon).
The NCPG noted that successful applicants for the funding aligned closely with its vision of improving health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling. Moreover, recipients prioritised the areas of prevention innovation, collaboration, amplification and community impact in their proposal.
“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 NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.
“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.”
The programme is made possible in part by a multimillion-dollar, multi-year commitment from the NFL to the NCPG as part of the former’s public awareness programme designed to educate fans to engage in sports betting responsibly. It will award more than $1m over three years to establish and expand problem gambling prevention efforts across the US.
Anna Isaacson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at the NFL, commented: “We’re proud to support the NCPG’s important work through this unique programme which aims to combat problem gambling, particularly in young adults and adolescents.
“These Agility Grants will provide critical funds to three very worthy organisations who share our desire to curb problem gambling through proactive outreach and education.”