Drug Free Communities Support Program
The purpose of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth ages 18 and younger.
Coalitions receiving DFC funds are expected to work with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change. Proposals should detail how projects will use environmental prevention strategies aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems, and policies to shift attitudes and change behavior.
Eligible applications are community-based coalitions that have never previously received a DFC grant. Applicants must be be a nonprofit organization and be coalition consisting of representatives of each of the following 12 sectors:
- Youth (18 or younger)
- Youth-serving organization
- Law enforcement
- Religious/Fraternal organization
- Civic/Volunteer groups (i.e., local organizations committed to volunteering, not a coalition member designated as a "volunteer")
- Healthcare professional or organization
- State, local, or tribal governmental agency with expertise in the field of substance abuse (including, if applicable, the state agency with primary authority for substance abuse)
- Other organization involved in reducing substance abuse
Applicants must have been in existence for at least 6 months prior to submission and have as its principle mission the reduction of youth substance abuse. Additional eligibility information is available in Table 1 of the application instructions.
Award ceiling: Up to $125,000 per year
Expected number of awards: 150
Estimated total program funding: $18,750,000
Project period: Up to 5 years
Applicants in years 1-6 are required to have a 100% (1:1) match from non-federal sources. Projects in years 7-8 are required to match 125%, and years 9-10 match 150%.
Links to the online application and full announcement are available through grants.gov.
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