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Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program – Non-Competing Continuation



Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Provides continued funding to current Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grantees in order to continue program activities over the next budget cycle. The DFC program supports local efforts to prevent and reduce substance use by establishing and maintaining strong multi-sector community coalitions. 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 among youth age 18 or younger. 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.

Recipients are required to submit a 12-Month Action Plan for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) detailing the objectives, strategies, and activities they will employ to enhance the capacity of their community coalition and to prevent and reduce youth substance use.

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
Estimated number of awards: 150

Fiscal year 2020 budgets must be prepared based on the current FY award amount. Recipients can find the award amount in their most recent Notice of Award.

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 coalitions previously awarded under the following Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program notices of funding opportunity:

  • SP-19-006, DFC Support Program - Competing Continuation, FY 2019
  • SP-19-005, DFC Support Program - New, FY 2019
  • SP-18-003, DFC Support Program - Competing Continuation, FY 2018
  • SP-18-002, DFC Support Program - New, FY 2018
  • SP-17-002, DFC Support Program - Competing Continuation, FY 2017
  • SP-17-001, DFC Support Program - New, FY 2017
  • SP-16-001, DFC Support Program, FY 2016

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Recipients must submit their non-competing continuation application no later than 120 days prior to the end of their budget period. Applications must be submitted through

Application deadlines vary based on the recipients' current budget period cycle. Deadlines for each cycle are as follows:

  • For the September 30 to September 29 budget period cycle, applications must be submitted by March 16, 2020.
  • For the October 31 to October 30 budget period cycle, applications must be submitted by April 14, 2020.
  • For the December 31 to December 30 budget period cycle, applications must be submitted by June 15, 2020.

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


For programmatic or technical questions:
Alison McKnight

For grants management or budget questions:
Stephanie Latham

All email inquiries for the DFC Non-Competing Continuation opportunity should use the following subject line: Question Regarding DFC Non-competing Continuation Guidance.

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Andalusia City Board of Education in Andalusia, Alabama
  • Drug-Free Ashley County Coalition in Crossett, Arkansas
  • Clarion Drug Free Coalition in Clarion, Pennsylvania
  • Richland School District in Richland Center, Wisconsin
  • County Prevention ATODS Abuse in Kemmerer, Wyoming

Topics This Program Addresses

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