Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grants

To increase the capacity of community coalitions to reduce substance abuse, and over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults through strengthening collaboration among communities, public, and private entities.

To disseminate state-of-the-art information on practices and initiatives that have

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proven to be effective in reducing substance abuse among youth.
Examples of Funded Projects

The Albuquerque Partnership Albuquerque, NM - The Albuquerque Partnership serves Albuquerque, NM, with a focus on South Valley, the Central Avenue Corridor, and Southeast Heights.

The target areas are urban, more than 60 percent Hispanic, and have a population of approximately 200,000.

In its most recent grant year, the coalition continued to implement its program goals and objectives by instituting summer programs at Emmanuel and Macedonia Churches; continuing successful work with the Albuquerque Police Department, the district attorneys office, and the citys Community Enforcement and Abatement Team on a weekly basis with identification of hotspots and nuisance abatement; completing the education report, including recommendations from the community on corrective action schools; implementing the Summer Cruising program; implementing two new faith-based strategies; and encouraging neighborhoods to submit hotspot sheets on nuisance properties.

Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii Honolulu, HI Drug-Free Hawaii is the fiscal agent for the Ewa Beach Community Coalition (EBCC).

The coalition serves Ewa Beach, HI, a rural community.

In its last grant year, the coalition continued to implement its program goals and objectives by convening, coordinating, and sustaining EBCC to address substance abuse in the community; and providing optimal opportunities for youth, parents, school personnel, and community members to become actively involved in implementing effective prevention strategies.

The coalition created a network of support services for youth and their families in the Ewa Beach community; assessed the needs of the community, pooled resources to create opportunities to fill these needs, and created working, mutually beneficial partnerships to support a drug-free community; subcontracted related prevention services from the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii and the Kalihi YMCA and provided family strengthening workshops through the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

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Program Accomplishments

It is estimated that 598 will be funded in fiscal year 2007, and 375 in fiscal year 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program, established by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20), awards grants to community coalitions for amounts up to $100,000 through a competitive grant award process.

On December 14, 2001, Public Law 107-82 reauthorized the program for 5 years.

The focus of the program is on community coalitions that have been in existence for a minimum of 6 months, coalitions that have 5-year strategic plans aimed at reducing substance abuse among youth, and over time, among adults, and coalitions that have provided an equal match for the funds that they seek.

These community coalitions are to collaborate with entities in the community including government agencies to coordinate and strengthen efforts to reduce substance abuse.

The program aims to disseminate timely state-of-the-art information on practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in reducing substance abuse.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Community coalitions must demonstrate that the community coalition has worked together for a period of not less than 6 months on substance abuse reduction initiatives.

The coalition must: meet the composition requirements; ensure that there is substantial community volunteer effort; ensure that the coalition is a nonprofit, charitable, educational organization, or unit of local government, or is affiliated with an eligible organization or entity; possess a strategy to be self-sustaining; provide a 100-125 percent cash or in-kind match; and agree to participate in an evaluation of the coalition's program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Community coalitions, children, youth, and adults, those at-risk of substance abuse, and private nonprofit, and public community agencies.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or office designated at the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the processes the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has entered into an Interagency Agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to administer and manage the Drug-Free Communities Support Program. Applicants must submit a proposal to the Office of Justice Programs on Standard Form 424, Federal Assistance Applications. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow the Office of Justice Program policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by the authored official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Published in program announcements, request for applications.


Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, Public Law 105-20. Reauthorized by Public Law 107-82.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 3 months.


Hearing held by OJJDP. Federal Acquisition Regulations apply.


FY 2003 grantees must recompete as a continuation applicant in FY 2004. Applicants funded in FY 2004 will be eligible for FY 2005 continuation funding based on availability of funds and grantees performance. FY 1998 and 1999 grantees not currently funded must compete as new applicants.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants awarded under the Drug-Free Communities Act do require a 100-125 percent cash or in-kind match.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Under the Drug-Free Communities Act, awards will be made for one year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Under the Drug-Free Communities Support Grants biennial progress and financial reports are required.


All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds, and records related to the grant must be retained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $57,716,982; FY 08 est $36,499,812; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$75,118,183 to $57,716,982; 36,499,812.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Parts 74 and 92; also the HHS Grant Policies.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Division of Grants Management. 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Edna Frazier, Grants Management Team Leader, telephone: (240) 276-1405, and CSAP Program Contact: Peggy Quigg, telephone: (240) 276-2589 and Richard Moore, telephone: (240) 276-1270.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Drug-Free Communities Act. Specific criteria are applied that are related to the particular program areas under which projects are funded. The criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcements. Applications undergo a competitive peer review process as outlined in the OJJDP Competition and Peer Review Policy, 28 CFR Part 34.

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