Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grants


The purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaborations to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, Public Law 105-20
Reauthorized by Public Law 107-82
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Community coalitions must demonstrate that the community coalition has worked together for a period of not less than 6 months on substance abuse reduction initiatives. The coalition must: meet the composition requirements; ensure that there is substantial community volunteer effort; ensure that the coalition is a nonprofit, charitable, educational organization, or unit of local government, or is affiliated with an eligible organization or entity; possess a strategy to be self-sustaining; provide a 100-150 percent cash or in-kind match; and agree to participate in an evaluation of the coalition's program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Community coalitions, children, youth, and adults, those at-risk of substance abuse, and private nonprofit, and public community agencies.
2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards
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. The Drug Free Community (DFC) is a collaborative initiative sponsored by Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Applications will be screened initially by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether the applicant meets all the eligibility requirements. Applications submitted by eligible coalitions that meet all requirements will then be evaluated, scored, and rated by a peer review panel.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a Notice of Award (NoA) signed by CDC's Grants Management Officer is sent to the applicant agency. The NoA is the sole obligating document that allows the grantee to receive Federal funding for work on the grant project.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. From 1 to 4 months.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Drug-Free Communities Act. Specific criteria are applied that are related to the particular program areas under which projects are funded. The criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcements.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must be used by the programs that are intended to support established community-based coalitions to work with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and crate sustainable community-level change. No more than 20% of funds may be used for data collection and evaluation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Classification tool survey is due each year.
These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). The DFC Mentoring (DFC-M) Program was established as a component of the DFC Support Program when the program was reauthorized in 2001 (Public Law 107-82, 115 Stat. 814). The DFC Mentoring Program was also included in the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-469).

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Under the Drug-Free Communities Act, awards will be made for one year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Christi Jones
4770 Buford Highway, MS S106-2
Atlanta, GA 30341 US
Phone: 770-488-3703

Toni Augustus-High
4770 Buford Highway, MS-S106-2
Atlanta, GA 30341 USA
Phone: 770-488-2906
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$116,341,609.00; FY 23 est $98,621,534.00; FY 24 est $97,688,295.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS awards; also the HHS Grants Policy Statement
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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