Drug-Free Communities

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Preventing youth substance use is critical to ending the drug crisis in America. The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. Created in 1997 by the Drug-Free Communities Act, directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and now administered by CDC, the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

  • Drug-Free Communities (DFC)external icon is a $101 million grant program that establishes and strengthens collaboration among various sectors of a community working to prevent youth substance use. Drug-Free Communities are programs that work to reduce youth substance use rates in communities across the country.
  • In addition, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)external icon Local Drug Crisis grants are funded at $4 million to enhance DFC efforts by creating sustainable community-level change to prevent and reduce the use of illicit opioids or methamphetamines and the misuse of prescription medications among youth.

Currently, ONDCP funds more than 700 community coalitions across the country in all 50 states. DFC grant recipients are awarded up to $125,000 per year.

The 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) begins this year’s process of awarding grantsexternal icon to new community coalitions across the country that will focus on preventing youth substance use.

The Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving, as is its impact on communities across the United States.

ONDCP and CDC understand that this poses unique challenges to everyone in our country and may impact your ability to apply to the Drug-Free Communities grant program, especially those submitting new and competing continuation applications.   Please go to www.grants.govexternal icon for updated information on deadline extensions for the new applicantsexternal icon and competing continuationexternal icon applicants.