- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says four Vermont programs are collectively receiving $500,000 in federal grants to combat youth substance abuse.

Leahy announced Wednesday that the Drug-Free Communities Support Program awarded $86 million to nearly 700 communities across the country.

Bennington’s Alliance for Community Transformations, a collective that promotes community engagement, advocacy and healthy community design, will receive nearly $125,000. Officials say the money will go toward building “non-traditional” partnerships to speed up the work needed in Bennington.

The Brattleboro-based West River Valley Thrives initiative, the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community, and the Greater Falls Prevention Coalition in Bellows Falls also received funding.

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