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Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program - New



Application Deadline: May 10, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Provides funding to create and sustain new community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance use among youth age 18 or younger. Coalitions are comprised of leaders from twelve sectors of the community and work to implement evidence-based prevention strategies that target local risk factors for substance abuse. Fosters collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments with experience addressing substance use problems and creating positive community change. Requires the design and execution of a comprehensive 12-month action plan that incorporates all seven strategies listed below.

The Seven Strategies for Community Level Change include:

  • Providing information through educational presentations, seminars, public service announcements (PSAs), forums, brochures, and web communications
  • Enhancing skills through workshops, training and technical assistance, parenting classes, planning retreats, and model school programs
  • Providing support such as alternative activities, service referrals, mentoring, and support groups
  • Enhancing access and ease of use of systems/services in prevention initiatives, such as transportation, housing, education, safety, cultural sensitivity, recreation facilities, and others
  • Changing consequences such as incentives, citations, and fines
  • Changing the physical design of the environment, like re-routing foot/car traffic or changing park hours
  • Modifying/changing policies such as workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, and systems change

Additional information about expected program strategies, short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes can be found in the funding announcement on

Applicants are encouraged to implement strategies that focus on underserved populations and those at higher risk of certain forms of substance use and misuse, which include:

  • Black and Hispanic youth
  • LGBTQ+ youth
  • Non-English speakers
  • People with limited health literacy
  • Tribal youth
  • Youth in rural areas and other geographically underserved communities

The DFC program is administered jointly by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $125,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 100
Estimated total program funding: $62,500,000

Applicants must provide matching non-federal funds equivalent to or greater than the amount of requested federal funds. DFC match requirements include:

  • 100% match for funding years 1 through 6
  • 125% match for funding years 7 and 8
  • 150% match for funding years 9 and 10

Who Can Apply

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

Applications may be submitted by the following non-government and government organizations:

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • State and territorial governments
  • County, city, township, and special district governments
  • State or federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribal governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • American Indian and Alaska Native tribally designated organizations
  • Voluntary organizations, professional associations, and self-help groups
  • Consumer and provider services-oriented constituency groups
  • Community and faith-based organizations

Eligible coalitions must meet all statutory eligibility requirements and consist of one or more representatives from each of the following sectors:

  • Youth (18 or younger)
  • Parent
  • Business
  • Media
  • School
  • Youth-serving organization
  • Law enforcement
  • Religious/fraternal organization
  • Civic/volunteer groups, meaning local organizations committed to volunteering
  • Healthcare professional or organization, such as primary care, hospitals, and more
  • State, local, or tribal governmental agency with expertise in the field of substance abuse, including the state agency with primary authority for substance abuse
  • Other organization involved in reducing substance abuse

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement on under the related documents tab.

When scoring applications, ONDCP may consider factors associated with rural, American Indian and Alaska Native, and economically disadvantaged communities. The Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 defines rural as a county with a population of fewer than 30,000 people.

New applicant webinar recording and new applicant slides
Applicant eligibility webinar recording and applicant eligibility slides
Applicant question and answer session recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Wendy Heirendt

For grants management or budget questions:
Valencia Williams

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Youth