Apply for DFC Funding

The DFC Program releases Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) every year for recipients that are applying for their first 5 years of funding and for recipients that are applying for years 6-10. Please see below for opportunities to learn more about the DFC funding announcements and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Why Join the DFC Program?

Substances of Focus
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana/Cannabis
  • Prescription drugs
  • Tobacco/nicotine
  • Heroin and fentanyl
  • Methamphetamine
  • The DFC Program is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Joining this program provides community-based coalitions with up to 10 years of funding to promote positive youth engagement and address the local conditions that drive youth substance use.
  • Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the DFC Support Program partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Community-Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), to provide support and guidance to DFC coalitions related to coalition-building, programmatic expertise, and evaluation support.

Who is eligible?

The 12 sectors are:
  1. youth
  2. parents
  3. business
  4. media
  5. school
  6. youth-serving organizations
  7. law enforcement
  8. religious or fraternal organizations
  9. civic or volunteer groups
  10. healthcare professional or organizations
  11. state, local, and tribal government agencies
  12. other local organizations involved in reducing substance use
  • Eligible entities are community-based coalitions. Community-based coalitions that are non-profits (501c3 status) can apply.
  • If community-based coalitions don’t have 501c3 status, they can partner with another organization (e.g., school districts, local health departments, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, local hospitals, local governments, or other agencies) to apply for funding.
  • There are also several statutory requirements for community-based coalitions that want to apply. Coalitions must:
    • Be in existence for 6 months
    • Include representatives from 12 required sectors
    • Have a mission statement related to youth substance use prevention
    • Address multiple substances
    • Participate in the DFC national cross-site evaluation
    • Not overlap with another DFC coalition without a letter of mutual cooperation
    • Have the ability to receive federal funding individually or through a partner
    • Request no more than $125,000/year
    • Secure 100% match from non-federal sources
    • Have not received more than 10 years of DFC funding

How and When to Apply

  • New DFC NOFOs are released annually – in late January, early February – on
  • Applications are due mid-April and funding is announced in September.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact CDC’s Drug Free Communities Support Program at

DFC Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)

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