Funding available for alcohol-free parties

North Dakota communities and organizations can apply for $1,000 in funding for alcohol-free New Year’s Eve events.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said up to 75 communities can receive funding.

Events must last a minimum of four consecutive hours—including midnight—and must be alcohol and drug free and suitable for all ages.

“New Year’s Eve is often associated with alcohol use. We want to provide opportunities for communities to host alcohol and drug free events for residents,” Pamela Sagness, prevention administrator for the division, said in a statement. “This is part of an ongoing effort to provide substance abuse prevention resources at the local level.”

The deadline to apply is Dec. 3. The application is available at