High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program


To reduce drug trafficking and drug production in the United States by-- (A) facilitating cooperation among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities; (B) enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies; (C) providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and (D) supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas and in the United States as a whole.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Executive Office of The President
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Reauthorization of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Public Law 115-271
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In order to apply for and receive funds, the law enforcement initiatives must be located and operate in an area designated as a HIDTA by the Director of ONDCP. The request for funding must be supported by the Executive Board of the regional HIDTA under which they will operate. Petitions may be submitted for consideration to become a new HIDTA or to become a part of an already existing HIDTA. In both cases the petition must be submitted by a coalition of law enforcement leaders. In the case of submitting to become a new HIDTA region, a funding request will be provided by the coalition of law enforcement officers. In the case where the petition is to become a part of an already established HIDTA, the funding request will be submitted to the Executive Board for their consideration/action. Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Law enforcement drug task forces; drug-related law enforcement initiatives; drug-related intelligence or information centers located in designated HIDTAs.
Operate in an area designated as HIDTA.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Office of National Drug Control Policy administer and manage the HIDTA Program. Applicants must submit a proposal to the office on Standard Form 424, Federal Assistance Applications. Additional application procedures are included in HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow ONDCP policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by ONDCP, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. The signed copy of the Grant Award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the National HIDTA Assistance Center.
June 15, 2023 June 15th annually.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Each grantee must resubmit annually. The Executive Board of each Regional HIDTA will prepare and submit to ONDCP, an annual request for funds that includes a specific projected budget for each initiative, a description of the initiative for which the funds are requested, and performance data for the prior year's activities.
How are proposals selected?
ONDCP uses a threat-driven process that requires each HIDTA Executive Board to assess the drug trafficking activities in its region; design a strategy to counter those activities; plan initiatives to carry out the strategy; and develop a budget that is sufficient to carry out the planned initiatives. ONDCP awards funds to HIDTAs based on a review and performance based assessment of the Threat Assessment, Strategy, Initiative Description and Budget Proposals that each HIDTA submits to ONDCP.
How may assistance be used?
This program, established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, authorizes the Director of ONDCP to designate areas within the United States which exhibit serious drug trafficking problems and harmfully impact other areas of the country as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. Grant funds are provided to law enforcement initiatives in areas that have been designated as a HIDTA. Initiatives must include collocated federal and state/local/tribal law enforcement officers. Initiatives must also share information with regional intelligence or information centers and deconflict their operations. The reauthorization statutes provide the restrictions for the HIDTA program. Discretionary funding availability is based upon appropriated amounts.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Under the HIDTA Program, quarterly progress and financial reports are required.
Not applicable.
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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Under the HIDTA program, award length is mandated by appropriation law. Currently awards are made for two years. Grants are awarded as part of the baseline and discretionary funding allocations.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Lisa Newton
1800 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503 US
Phone: (202) 395-6639
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$264,200,000.00; FY 23 est $271,600,000.00; FY 24 est $261,100,000.00; FY 21$264,200,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts vary by HIDTA.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
HIDTA Program Policy and Budget Guidance
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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