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
Deleted 07/08/2008 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary).
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2001, OJJDP funded 124 new sites. A solicitation for additional sites will be issued in early fiscal year 2002.
Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, Public Law 105- 20.
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 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.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or office designated at the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the processes the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.
Application Procedure
The Office of National Drug Control Policy has entered into an Interagency Agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to administer and manage the Drug- Free Communities Support Program. Applicants must submit a proposal to the Office of Justice Programs on Standard Form 424, Federal Assistance Applications. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow the Office of Justice Program policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by the authored official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Published in program announcements, request for applications.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 3 months.
Hearing held by OJJDP. Federal Acquisition Regulations apply.
FY 1998 grantees must recompete as a new applicant in FY 2003. Applicants funded in FY 1999 will be eligible for FY 2003 continuation funding based on availability of funds and grantees performance.
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. Applications undergo a competitive peer review process as outlined in the OJJDP Competition and Peer Review Policy, 28 CFR Part 34.
How may assistance be used?
This program, established by the Drug- Free Communities Act of 1997, awards grants to community coalitions for amounts up to $100,000 through a competitive grant award process. The focus of the program is on community coalitions that have been in existence for a minimum of 6 months, coalitions that have 5-year strategic plans aimed at reducing substance abuse among youth, and over time, among adults, and coalitions that have provided an equal match for the funds that they seek. These community coalitions are to collaborate with entities in the community including government agencies to coordinate and strengthen efforts to reduce substance abuse. The program aims to disseminate timely state-of-the-art information on practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in reducing substance abuse.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Under the Drug-Free Communities Support Grants biennial progress and financial reports are required.
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. 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
Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants awarded under the Drug-Free Communities Act do require a 100 percent cash or in-kind match.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Under the Drug-Free Communities Act, awards will be made for one year. Drawdowns are possible under a letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Douglas Dodge, Director, Special Emphasis Division. Telephone: (202) 307-5914.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $38,581,280; FY 03 est $50,011,939; and FY 04 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies. Up to $100,000 is available for individual grants and a 100 percent cash or in-kind match is required.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide is applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
There are no grants awarded since it is a new program.


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