“They don’t start with a needle in the arm, but they start somewhere.” Those are the haunting but truthful words of Julie Brenner, executive director of the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC), an umbrella organization of soon-to-be 16 coalitions spanning across Oakland County, Michigan. The community is experiencing a heroin and prescription drug epidemic.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are now accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. ONDCP expects to award approximately 182 new grants to community drug prevention coalitions throughout the United States. The deadline to submit DFC grantee applications is March 24, 2014.
The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is inviting potential applicants (those applying for the first time (Year One), current grantees applying for a second cycle of five years of funding (Year Six), or former grantees who experienced a lapse in funding during a five-year cycle) to attend one of the following New Applicant Workshops.
ONDCP has announced $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to 147 communities and 19 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. The awards announced today are in addition to the $59.4 million in DFC continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions and 4 DFC Mentoring continuation coalitions. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
Although the President’s FY 2014 Budget Request contained a $6.3 million cut to the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program, due to the collective advocacy of CADCA and the substance abuse prevention field, both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees have recommended funding levels above the President’s Budget Request.
Due to the unforeseen circumstance that the System for Award Management (SAM) is unavailable until Monday March 25, the deadline for submission of the FY 2013 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Request for Application has been extended until Friday, March 29.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is pleased to announce the posting of the FY2013 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.
Coalitions: This is new for FY 2013: All current grantees and potential Drug Free Communities applicants must complete a System for Award Management (SAM) registration. If you do not create an account within SAM, you cannot apply for DFC or any other Federal funds, and your application will be ineligible.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program will host three New Applicant Workshops to assist interested coalitions in applying for DFC funding in FY2013. Each workshop will focus solely on the FY2013 DFC Request for Applications (RFA), which will be posted in mid-January. Following each New Applicant Workshop will be an hour-long Native American Support Session for coalitions serving Tribal communities.