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Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program - New

Grants to USA Community-Based Coalitions to Develop
Collaborative Strategies to Reduce Youth Substance Abuse

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and Executive Office of the President - Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

Deadline Date:

07/08/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories community-based coalitions partnering with eligible nonprofit entities to strengthen and establish collaborative programs to reduce and prevent substance abuse among youth. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to six weeks to complete.

By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals:

1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth ( 18 years of age and younger).
2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Grants awarded through the DFC Support Program are intended to support established community-based youth substance use prevention coalitions capable of effecting community-level change. For the purposes of this FOA and the DFC Support Program, a coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.

Coalitions receiving DFC funds are expected to work with leaders in their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change through the use of the Seven Strategies for Community Level Change.

For details on these seven strategies, see:

Applicants are expected to choose strategies that will lead to community level change. Such strategies seek to: (1) limit access to substances; (2) change the culture and context within which decisions about substance use are made; and/or (3) shift the consequences associated with youth substance use. Evidence exists that well-conceived and implemented policies at the local, state, and national levels can reduce community level alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems.

The DFC Support Program requires that coalitions develop and implement a comprehensive 12-Month Action Plan to prevent youth substance use. A comprehensive 12-Month Action Plan will include an appropriate mixture of all seven strategies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179037

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 150 grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The anticipated award amount is up to $125,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The length of projects may be up to 5 years.

Recipients will be awarded funds for one year beginning on October 31, 2019. Funds for subsequent years within a grant cycle are distributed on an annual basis as non-competing continuation awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have never received a DFC grant.

Requirement 1: 12 Sectors- The coalition must consist of one or more representatives from each of the following required 12 sectors:
- Youth (18 or younger)
- Parent
- Business
- Media
- School
- 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 (i.e., primary care, hospitals, etc.)
- 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

Requirement 2: Six Month Existence The coalition must demonstrate that members have worked together on substance abuse reduction initiatives for a period of not less than 6 months at the time of submission of the application, acting through entities such as task forces, subcommittees, or community boards. (21 USC 1531 §1032 (a)(3)(A)) The coalition must also demonstrate substantial participation from volunteer leaders in the community

Requirement 3: Mission Statement The coalition must have as its principal mission the reduction of youth substance use, which, at a minimum, includes the use and abuse of drugs in a comprehensive and long-term manner, with a primary focus on youth in the community. (21 USC 1531 §1032 (a)(3)(B)(4)(A)

Requirement 4: Multiple Drugs of Abuse The coalition must have developed a 12-Month Action Plan to reduce substance use among youth which targets multiple drugs of abuse. Substances may include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, where youth use is prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

Requirement 5: DFC National Evaluation Requirement The coalition must establish a system to measure and report outcomes, established and approved by the DFC Administrator, to the federal government.

Requirement 6: Entity Eligible to Receive Federal Grants
- The applicant must demonstrate that the coalition is an ongoing concern by demonstrating that the coalition is a non-profit organization or has made arrangements with a legal entity that is eligible to receive federal grants.
- Organizations eligible to receive federal funds as DFC grant recipients must be legally recognized domestic public or private nonprofit entities. For example, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, state recognized tribes, urban Indian organizations (as defined in P.L. 94-437, as amended), public or private universities and colleges, professional associations, voluntary organizations, self-help groups, consumer and provider services-oriented constituency groups, community- and faith-based organizations, and tribal organizations.

Requirement 7: Substantial Support from NonFederal Sources The coalition must have a strategy to solicit substantial financial support from non-federal sources to ensure that the coalition is selfsustaining.

Requirement 8: Federal Request The applicant must not request more than $125,000 in federal funds per year.

Requirement 9: Zip Code Overlap Evidence Required: Two DFC-funded coalitions may not serve the same zip code(s) unless both coalitions have clearly described their plan for collaboration in their application and each coalition has independently met the eligibility requirements.

Requirement 10: One grant at a time Evidence Required: Grant recipients may be awarded only one grant at a time through the DFC Support Program.

Requirement 11: No more than 10 years of DFC funding In order to receive a DFC grant, coalitions may not have received 10 years of DFC funding.

Funding Limitations/Restrictions:

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants applying to the FY 2019 DFC Program are encouraged to watch the FY 2019 DFC
Applicant Workshop Training Videos which will be posted to the DFC website by mid-May 2019.

A link to the FY 2019 DFC Applicant Workshop Videos can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

SAMHSA requires electronic submission of grant applications through will reject applications submitted after 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 8, 2019. Due to the registration and application requirements, it is strongly recommended that applicants start the registration process six weeks in advance of the application due date.

Key Dates:

- Application Deadline Applications are due by July 8, 2019.
- Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s)
participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
- Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate state and local health agencies by the application deadline. Comments from the Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after the application deadline.

All applicants MUST register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process.

Other Registration Requirements:
- SAMHSA applicants are required to obtain a valid DUNS Number, also known as the Unique Entity Identifier, and provide that number in the application. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, access the Dun and Bradstreet website at:
-You must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and continue to maintain active SAM registration with current information during the period of time your organization has an active federal award or an application under consideration by an agency.
- Registration: is an online portal for submitting federal grant applications. It requires a one-time registration in order to submit applications. While registration is a one-time only registration process, it consists of multiple sub-registration processes (i.e., DUNS number and SAM registrations) before you can submit your application. [Note: eRA Commons registration is separate]. You can register to obtain a username and password at

The DFC authorizing legislation requires recipients to demonstrate that they have matching funds (“match”) from non-federal sources equivalent to or greater than federal funds requested from the DFC Support Program.

All new DFC Grant Award Recipients must participate in the New Grant Award Recipient Virtual Training. The Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), Project Coordinator, and the Grant Award Recipient (fiscal agent) must participate in all the training sessions. The New Grant Award Recipient Virtual Training usually takes place in mid-November or early December. Training dates and topics will be shared with all new DFC Grant Award Recipients 60 to 90 days post award.

Application Forms and Resources:

Applying for a New SAMHSA Grant:

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To view a list of relevant application documents, see the Package/Preview page on the above link.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about program issues contact:

DFC FOA Helpline Team
Office of Drug-Free Communities

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Odessa Crocker
Office of Financial Resources
Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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