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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Drug-Free Communities Support Program

Deadline: July 8, 2019

The Drug-Free Communities (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. For the purposes of this program, “youth” is defined as individuals 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 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. DFC grant award recipients are expected to conduct the day-to-day operations of the grant program.

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.

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 listed below. Applicants are not required to name the seven strategies, identified below, in their 12-Month Action Plan but should use them as a framework for ensuring a comprehensive plan.

  1. Provide Information: Educational presentations, workshops or seminars, and data or media presentations (e.g., Public Service Announcements (PSAs), brochures, town halls, forums, web communications).
  2. Enhance Skills: Workshops, seminars, or activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members, and staff (e.g., training and technical assistance, parenting classes, strategic planning retreats, model programs in schools).
  3. Provide Support: Creating opportunities for participation in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., alternative activities, mentoring, referrals for service, support groups, youth clubs).
  4. Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers: Improving systems/processes to increase the ease, ability, and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring transportation, housing, education, safety, and cultural sensitivity) in prevention initiatives. Reduce Access/Enhance Barriers: Improving systems/processes to decrease the ease, ability, and opportunity for youth to access substances (e.g., raising the price of single-serve cans of alcohol, implementing retail alcohol/tobacco compliance checks).
  5. Change Consequences: Increasing or decreasing the probability of a behavior (incentives/disincentives) by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing taxes, citations, and fines; revocation/loss of driver’s license).
  6. Change Physical Design: Changing the physical design of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., re-routing foot/car traffic, adjusting park hours, alcohol/tobacco outlet density). NOTE: DFC federal funds cannot support landscape and lighting projects. As such, costs for these projects cannot be used as match.
  7. Modify/Change Policies: Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules, or laws (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change). NOTE: Lobbying with federal dollars is not permitted. As such, costs for lobbying cannot be used as match.

Amount: Approximately $18,750,000 is available to make up to 150 awards ranging up to $125,000 per year for a project period of up to five years.

Eligibility: Community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have never received a DFC grant. See funding announcement for additional eligibility requirements.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315713

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