Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grants


To increase the capacity of community coalitions to reduce substance abuse, and over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults through strengthening collaboration among communities, public, and private entities. To disseminate state-of-the-art information on practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in reducing substance abuse among youth.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 680 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2015: 725 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2016: 725 awards will be made.
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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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 SAMHSA'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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. From 1 to 4 months.
Other - Not Specified.
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?
Program reports are not applicable. Federal Cash Transaction Report (FCTR) is due quarterly by the Division of Payment Management. Under the Drug-Free Communities Support Grants biannual progress. Annual federal financial reports (SF-425) are required. classification tool survey is due each year.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants awarded under the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 do require a 100-150 percent cash or in-kind match depending on funding.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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 sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Virginia Simmons 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rm. 7-1091, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: virginia.simmons@samhsa.hhs.gov Phone: 240-276-1422 Fax: 240-276-1430
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $83,384,266; FY 15 est $84,475,000; and FY 16 est $84,475,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$75,000 to $125,000; $116,517.
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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