ONDCP Will Award $17 Million in Drug Prevention Grants

February 27, 2009

ondcpThe White House Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of new, Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funds. ONDCP expects to award approximately $17 million – 130 new grants – to community drug prevention coalitions throughout the United States. The grant awards are subject to the availability of funds. The deadline to submit DFC grantee applications is Friday, March 20, 2009.

The DFC support program is a collaborative Federal program sponsored by ONDCP, and administered in partnership with SAMHSA. The program aims to establish and strengthen communities to prevent, reduce, and eliminate youth substance use and abuse. The DFC program was created in 1997 under the Drug Free Communities Act, and was reauthorized in 2001, and again in 2006. The latest reauthorization extends the DFC program for an additional five years, until 2012.

Applications for the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program (No. SP-09-002) are available by calling SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA7 or by downloading http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/2009/fy2009.aspx or www.grants.gov.

For Botvin LifeSkills Training Grant Writing Tools and Templates, visit us our website at www.lifeskillstraining.com.

Find Information About Applying for Grants

February 26, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is a great place to find information and resources to help faith-based and community organizations navigate the application process for federal grants. While there are no special grant programs dedicated solely to faith-based or community organizations, the center describes the grant programs open to them and updates information on grant announcements, workshops, and partnership ideas.  Check the center’s materials and their guide to fundinggrant_writing

These funding opportunities may be applicable to the Botvin LifeSkills Training program, an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with over 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. 

While preparing grant applications can sometimes be a bit challenging,  LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.

New Bill Aims to Prevent Underage Drinking

February 24, 2009

Recently, Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) introduced the Support 21 Act of 2009, a bill that would strengthen local and national efforts to prevent underage drinking. Rep. Roybal-Allard announced the bill during CADCA´s 19th annual National Leadership Forum, the nation´s largest conference for community alcohol and drug prevention advocates and substance abuse professionals.

The Support 21 Act of 2009 (HR 1028) authorizes a new highly visible media campaign to educate the public about underage drinking laws and build support for their enforcement. It asks the National Academy of Sciences to provide a report to Congress about the influence of drinking alcohol on the development of the adolescent brain. The bill also authorizes supplemental grant funds to current and former Drug Free Community grantees to work with pediatric health care providers and parents to reduce underage drinking. Additional grants would also be provided to assist pediatric medical organizations in educating providers on best practices for screening their adolescent patients, doing brief interventions, and making appropriate referrals. Finally, the bill will establish a new focus in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on underage drinking surveillance and prevention.

Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

February 19, 2009


Effective July 1, 2009, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will award grants up to $100,000 to local law enforcement agencies. These grants will enable the selected agencies to expand their present efforts in addressing alcohol-related problems through a comprehensive ABC program that will encompass a wide range of strategies.

If your agency is selected, your sworn officers assigned to the project will work closely with ABC investigators and receive training in ABC law, alcohol enforcement strategies, and community resources.

Click here for more information and to read the official grant announcement.

Funding Prevention Makes Economic Sense, Researchers Say

February 11, 2009


As reported byjoin



Every dollar invested in substance-abuse prevention yields $10 in savings, according to researchers from Iowa State University who recently presented their findings to the United Nations.

Researchers Richard Spoth, director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State, and colleague Max Guyll told attendees at the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime/World Health Organization meeting in December that studies of PPSI’s Iowa Strengthening Families Program (ISFP) and Life Skills Training Program (LST) demonstrated significant cost benefits.

The research estimated how many cases of drug use each intervention prevented, then compared the cost of each successful intervention to the cost savings to the community. Spoth and Guyll said that ISFP yielded a $9.60 return for each $1 invested in preventing alcohol disorders, while LST has a $9.98 return on investment in terms of preventing methamphetamine use.

The International Narcotics Control Board has asked Spoth to help develop a report on the state of the art of prevention. The reports on ISFP and LST are available online.

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