Apply for DFC Funding

Are you interested in helping to prevent youth substance use in your community? Are you passionate about engaging with youth?

There’s an opportunity to act on these issues. Establish a local drug-free community coalition today by applying for funding through the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program.

DFC Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFO)

Applications are open now on www.grants.gov for coalitions applying for year 1 and year 6 funding:

Please note the deadline of April 11, 2023.

Key Dates

 

Key Dates
January 26, 2023 Application period opens at 9:00 a.m. ET
February 8, 2023 DFC New (Year 1) NOFO Webinar from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_KuJSj6JAT-iqG4IgHMvZmw
February 9, 2023 DFC Competing Continuation (Year 6) NOFO Webinar from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_2gGkUwj_QZSriTJ5ic6gBA
April 11, 2023 Application period closes at 11:59 p.m. ET

Why Join the DFC Program?

  • 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 CADCA to provide support and guidance to DFC coalitions related to coalition-building, programmatic expertise, and evaluation support.

The substances of focus are:

Substances of focus
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana/Cannabis
  • Prescription drugs
  • Tobacco/nicotine
  • Heroin and fentanyl
  • Methamphetamine

Who is eligible?

  • 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.
  • The 12 sectors are:
YOUTH

YOUTH

PARENTS

PARENTS

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

MEDIA

MEDIA

SCHOOLS

SCHOOLS

YOUTH SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

YOUTH SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

LAW ENFORCEMENT

LAW ENFORCEMENT

STATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION ORGANIZATIONS

SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION ORGANIZATIONS

There are 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

  • Late January / early February: New DFC NOFOs are released annually on www.grants.gov
  • Mid-April: Applications are due
  • September: Funding is announced

For questions or technical assistance, please contact CDC’s Drug Free Communities Support Program at DFC_NOFO@cdc.gov

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