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Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program - New



Application Deadline: Apr 17, 2024


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 12 sectors of the community and work to implement evidence-based prevention strategies that target local risk factors for substance use. Fosters collaboration among communities, public and private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments with experience addressing substance use problems and creating positive community 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 communities and populations disproportionately affected by substance use, including but not limited to:

  • Youth with reduced economic stability and education attainment
  • Youth with limited healthcare access or quality
  • Non-English speakers
  • Tribal youth
  • Youth in rural areas and other geographically underserved communities
  • Racial/ethnic minority groups
  • Sexual/gender minority groups

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

More details on DFC's matching requirements can be found online.

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
  • Tribal organizations, other than federally recognized 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
  • Public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities
  • For-profit organizations and small businesses

Eligible coalitions must meet all statutory eligibility requirements and consist of 1 or more representatives from each of the following sectors:

  • Youth (18 or younger)
  • Parent
  • Business
  • Media
  • School
  • Youth-serving organization
  • Law enforcement
  • Religious or fraternal organization
  • Civic or volunteer groups
  • Healthcare professional
  • State, local, or tribal governmental agency with expertise in substance use prevention, treatment, or recovery support services
  • Other organization involved in reducing substance use

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 prioritize applicants proposing to reach rural, American Indian/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.

Applicant recording recording and slides
Applicant frequently asked questions
Match requirements handout


For programmatic or technical questions:
Brandis Belser

For grants management or budget questions:
Stephanie Latham

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received through the DFC New and Competing Continuation opportunities in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Substance Solutions for Amador Youth Coalition in Jackson, California
  • San Miguel Communities that Care Coalition in Telluride, Colorado
  • The Best You Coalition in Keosauqua, Iowa
  • Avery Youth Coalition in Banner Elk, North Carolina
  • San Juan County Prevention Action Collaboration Coalition in Blanding, Utah

Topics This Program Addresses

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