Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Drug – Free Communities Support Program
The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program has two goals:
- 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 use among youth (under age 18).
- Reduce substance use 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. 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.
Amount: Up to $125,000 per year for 5 years. Approximately 70 awards will be made.
Eligibility: Community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have never received a DFC grant; or have previously received a DFC grant, but experienced a lapse in funding; or have concluded the first five-year funding cycle and are applying for a second five-year funding cycle. The coalition must consist of one or more representatives from each of the following required 12 sectors:
- Youth (18 or younger)
- Youth-serving organization
- Law enforcement
- Religious/Fraternal organization
- Civic/Volunteer groups (i.e., local organizations committed to volunteering)
- 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
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