Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grants

To increase the capacity of community coalitions to reduce substance abuse, and over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults through strengthening collaboration among communities, public, and private entities.

To disseminate state-of-the-art information on practices and initiatives that

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have proven to be effective in reducing substance abuse among youth.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-30
Let's Talk Safety, Inc. $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-30
Upriver Youth Leadership Council Inc $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-30
Webster County Board Of Education $ 375,000   2017-09-302027-09-30
Jefferson, County Of $ 428,214   2017-09-302027-09-30
Sodus Central School District $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-29
Empowerment Zone Coalition $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-29
Cady Inc $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-29
Houston Health Foundation $ 125,000   2022-09-302027-09-29
Butler County Community Resource Council $ 122,403   2022-09-302027-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 700 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2017: 620 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used by the programs that are intended to support established community-based coalitions to work with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and crate sustainable community-level change.

No more than 20% of funds may be used for data collection and evaluation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Community coalitions must demonstrate that the community coalition has worked together for a period of not less than 6 months on substance abuse reduction initiatives.

The coalition must: meet the composition requirements; ensure that there is substantial community volunteer effort; ensure that the coalition is a nonprofit, charitable, educational organization, or unit of local government, or is affiliated with an eligible organization or entity; possess a strategy to be self-sustaining; provide a 100-150 percent cash or in-kind match; and agree to participate in an evaluation of the coalition's program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Community coalitions, children, youth, and adults, those at-risk of substance abuse, and private nonprofit, and public community agencies.


2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Drug Free Community (DFC) is a collaborative initiative sponsored by Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Applications will be screened initially by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether the applicant meets all the eligibility requirements. Applications submitted by eligible coalitions that meet all requirements will then be evaluated, scored, and rated by a peer review panel.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a Notice of Award (NoA) signed by SAMHSA's Grants Management Officer is sent to the applicant agency. The NoA is the sole obligating document that allows the grantee to receive Federal funding for work on the grant project.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, Public Law 105-20; Reauthorized by Public Law 107-82.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. From 1 to 4 months.




Other - Not Specified.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants awarded under the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 do require a 100-150 percent cash or in-kind match depending on funding. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Under the Drug-Free Communities Act, awards will be made for one year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Federal Cash Transaction Report (FCTR) is due quarterly by the Division of Payment Management.

Under the Drug-Free Communities Support Grants biannual progress.

Annual federal financial reports (SF-425) are required.

Classification tool survey is due each year.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $85,749,165; FY 17 est $77,196,414; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$75,000 to $125,000; Avg. $124.510.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS awards; also the HHS Grants Policy Statement

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Odessa Crocker 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: odessa.crocker@samhsa.hhs.gov Phone: 240-276-1078

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Drug-Free Communities Act. Specific criteria are applied that are related to the particular program areas under which projects are funded. The criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcements.

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