Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program


Per the authorizing legislation [Drug-Free Communities Act 1997, Public Law No. 105-20, and Reauthorized Public Law No. 115?271], the DFC Support Program has two goals: 1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth. 2. Reduce substance abuse use and misuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance misuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse misuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance misuse.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Executive Office of The President
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997; Public Law 105-20, Public Law Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997-Reauthorized by Public Law 115-271, 21 U.S.C. U.S.C. 1521
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The coalition must consist of one or more representatives from each of the following required 12 sectors: Parents, Youth, Business, Media, Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Civic/Volunteer Organizations, Religious/Fraternal Organizations, Healthcare Professionals, State/Local/Tribal Government, and Other Substance Abuse Organizations (21 USC SS 1532) An individual who is a member of the coalition may serve on the coalition as a representative of not more than one sector category. The coalition must demonstrate that members have worked together on substance abuse reduction initiatives for a period of not less than 6 months at the time of submission of the application, acting through entities such as task forces, subcommittees, or community boards The coalition must also demonstrate substantial participation from volunteer leaders in the community. The coalition must have as its principal mission the reduction of youth substance use, which, at a minimum, includes the use and abuse of drugs in a comprehensive and long-term manner, with a primary focus on youth in the community The coalition must have developed a 12-Month Action Plan to reduce substance use among youth which targets multiple drugs of abuse. Substances may include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, where youth use is prohibited by federal, state, or local law. The coalition must establish a system to measure and report outcomes, established and approved by the DFC Administrator, to the federal government. The applicant must demonstrate that the coalition is an ongoing concern by demonstrating that the coalition is a non-profit organization or has made arrangements with a legal entity that is eligible to receive federal grants. The coalition must have a strategy to solicit substantial financial support from non-federal sources to ensure that the coalition is self- sustaining. The applicant must not request more than $125,000 in federal funds per year. Two DFC-funded coalitions may not serve the same zip code(s) unless both coalitions have clearly described their plan for collaboration in their application and each coalition has independently met the eligibility requirements. Grant recipients may be awarded only one grant at a time through the DFC Support Program. In order to receive a DFC grant, coalitions may not have received 10 years of DFC funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use. The Statutory Eligibility Requirements, written into the DFC Act, are inherent in the language of the DFC Support Program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200
Award Procedure
Upon full completion of the statutory eligibility review process and review of final scores, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) begins funding with the highest scoring grant until all funds are exhausted. DFC grants are not awarded based on how many DFC-funded coalitions are within a geographic boundary (e.g., state, county, or city). The primary funding decision criterion is the application's final peer review score. All final grant award decisions will be made by ONDCP's DFC Administrator, consistent with the DFC Act of 1997. ONDCP may also take into consideration factors relating to rural, American Indian/Alaska Native, and economically disadvantaged communities.
April 24, 2019 to June 24, 2019 The DFC FOA is typically posted in December/January and applications are typically due in March. Due to the lapse in appropriation and a program agency transition, the DFC Program FOA is not on this regular schedule. Applicants are typically given between 60 and 90 calendar days to apply. NA Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. NA
Not applicable.
Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, recipient progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of the required data and reports, and compliance with all grant award Terms and Conditions. Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the award may result in suspension or termination of the award.
How are proposals selected?
The DFC Support Program's peer review process utilizes current or former DFC grant award recipients and experienced substance use disorder prevention specialists to serve as peer reviewers. Each application is assigned to a panel of three peer reviewers for scoring, and the composite of the three scores becomes the application's final score. Peer reviewers will score the five questions that comprise the Project Narrative by totaling the points for each question to create a cumulative score (scores will range from 0 to 100 points). The scoring criteria is included in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
How may assistance be used?
DFC applicants are expected to choose strategies that will lead to community level change. Such strategies seek to: (1) limit access to substances; (2) change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made; and/or (3) shift the consequences associated with youth substance use. Evidence exists that well-conceived and implemented policies at the local, state, and national levels can reduce community level alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems. The DFC Support Program requires that coalitions develop and implement a comprehensive 12-Month Action Plan to prevent youth substance use. The Seven Strategies for Community Level Change, a conceptual understanding of strategies a coalition may employ, include efforts that affect individuals as well as an entire community.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
2 CFR 200
All project-related materials must be maintained for a period of three years from the date of the Financial Status Report unless an audit has been initiated or unresolved audit findings remain. This requirement ensures the availability of complete information should there be an audit of this grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. The DFC authorizing legislation requires recipients to demonstrate that they have matching funds (“match”) from non-federal sources equivalent to or greater than federal funds requested from the DFC Support Program. Applicants must itemize the match separately in the budget and explain the match separately in the Budget Narrative. Applicants in their first cycle of DFC funding (Year One - Year Five), and those in Year Six, are required to have 100 percent match (1:1) from non-federal sources. Beginning in Year Seven, the percentage increases. Year of Funding Requested Matching Requirement 1-6 100% 7-8 125% 9-10 150% Cash or in-kind support may be used for the match requirement. In-kind support includes the value of goods and services donated to the operation of the DFC coalition, including but not limited to office space, volunteer secretarial services, pro bono accounting services, and other volunteer services to support the coalition’s work. All match must follow federal cost principles.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant funds are available for 12 months, with the option to carry-over unused grants funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Phuong DeSear Office of National Drug-Control Policy (ONDCP) Executive Office of the President Phuong_DeSear@ondcp.eop.gov 202-395-6739
Headquarters Office
Phuong DeSear
1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503 USA
Phone: 202-395-6739
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Estimated Award Amount per DFC grant: Up to $125,000 per the authorizing legislations, length of Project Period per DFC grant is up to 5 years with option to re-compete for a maximum of 10 Years
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200


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