Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention (AOD)

After Dark Program


After Dark Grant Program

As declared in its Strategic Plan, Ramapo College promotes campus safety and security and lifestyle practices that focus on safety, health and avoiding the abuse and illicit use of alcohol and other drugs. The After Dark Grant Program was created to increase the number of alcohol/other drug free social programs offered to students. Offering alcohol/other drug free social events is one of a number of promising environmental strategies being implemented to reduce the misuse and abuse of alcohol on college campuses.

The After Dark Grant Program is sponsored through the Alcohol/other Drug (AOD) Prevention Program of the Center for Health and Counseling Services (CHCS).

The mission of these grants is to:

  • Expand venues for socializing in which participants’ health and safety and rights and property are protected and respected.
  • Allow more students to assume an active leadership role in the planning and management of campus social events.
  • Increase opportunities for students to comply with federal and state laws as well as campus policies about drinking alcohol.
  • Acknowledge students’ abilities to organize themselves around, respond to, and challenge the highly charged issues of “partying” and drinking.
  • Unite student groups that might not typically work together, thereby promoting collaboration, creating community and building coalitions.
  • Engage students in activities that serve as models of how to have fun without alcohol/other drugs.
  • Reduce crime and irresponsible and unsafe behaviors.

Grant applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Alcohol/other drug-free.
  • No admission or entry fee.
  • Open to and designed to appeal to the RCNJ student body.
  • Begin at or after 10 PM on a Tuesday or Thursday night.  (Grant events cannot begin before 10pm); conclude by or at 2 AM.
  • Held on campus.
  • Easily accessible to all RCNJ students.
  • Fun, creative social events that will realistically occupy and engage participants throughout the evening.
  • Are innovative and contain an educational component related to alcohol/other drugs (flyers, posters, brochures, messages, announcements, etc.).
  • The event does not exist to serve organization members only.  If members make up the majority of event attendees, the event will likely not qualify for funding, i.e.: mixers, awards banquets, etc.
  • A representative from the applying group must be available to meet with the AOD Prevention Program personnel to describe the proposal and answer any questions.
  • All unused funds will be returned to the AOD Prevention Program.
  • All applicants must be in good standing with the college.
  • No beverage containers of any kind will be allowed inside the events, bottled water will be provided.
  • Events must not be serving as fundraisers for an organization or a cause.

Preference will be given to programs that:

  • Are collaborative efforts from multiple organizations.
  • Are likely to attract a large number of students.
  • Have innovative and accurately creative alcohol/other drug educational messages.

The RCNJ AOD Prevention Program will meet as needed to review grant applications and award the grants.  At least one member of the AOD Prevention Program will attend each grant-sponsored event.

Note:  Student groups can apply for up to but not more than $1000.00 for a single event (see attached application form). An organization will not be awarded more than $2000.00 in grants in a single academic year.

Failure to include an interactive and up-to-date alcohol education component in the application and during the event will cause all groups involved to be ineligible to host an After Dark event for one full academic year.

Written Proposal

A completed proposal and application must be received, reviewed, and given tentative approval BEFORE the applicants can reserve a room and/or attend Events and Conferences planning meetings. 

You MUST write a 1-2 page typed proposal providing the following:

  • A detailed description of your proposed event.
  • Describe how this event meets the criteria of and supports the purpose of the After Dark Program
    • Describe AOD educational component and how it will be implemented during program.
  • How will this event be marketed to the RCNJ community?
    • Detail planned marketing efforts.
    • All advertising must note that the event is supported by an After Dark Grant.
  • Provide samples of all marketing items in your initial application.

 After Dark Grant Application Feb 2015 PDF

After Dark Grant Application Feb 2015 Document