Legislative Alert from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

URGENT: FOR ALL DFC APPLICANTS

March 1, 2011

BACKGROUND

The $9.5 million cut to the DFC program contained in the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) does impact the current solicitation that is due on March 18, 2011. With your advocacy this cut could be restored. Therefore anyone working on the current RFA should still work to submit the application due on March 18th and should get as many people as possible in their community to respond to this alert.

At the $85.5 million level contained in the House-passed CR, there would only be enough money for seven new grants this grant cycle, which the field is currently writing applications for now. This is the case because the majority of funds within the $85.5 million would be used to support current grantees. This leaves only approximately $860K for new grants, which means there is only enough money for seven new grants this grant cycle.

If, on the other hand, the program is funded at $95 million, after accounting for all currently funded grantees there would be approximately $9.6 million available to support new grants. This means there would be enough funds to support approximately 75 new grants at a funding level of $95 million. 

Therefore, in order for there to be enough funds to support the 75 new grants that the field has expected, funding for the program must be restored to the FY 2010 appropriated level of $95 million in the FY 2011 CR.

It is critical, especially if you are a DFC applicant, that you respond to this alert immediately to ensure that funding for the DFC program is restored to $95 million in the FY 2011 CR.

WHAT YOU MUST DO IMMEDIATELY

Both the House and the Senate need to hear from as many constituents as possible that funding for the DFC program must be restored in the FY 2011 CR to ensure there is money to fund 75 new grants this year. Please ask your members of Congress to support the FY 2010 appropriated level of $95 million for the DFC program in the FY 2011CR.

Using CADCA’s CapWiz system, fax the sample letter to the members of your congressional delegation to ask them to fund the DFC program at a level of $95 million for FY 2011. YOUR FAX IS CRITICAL.  The more letters your members of Congress receive on this issue, the more likely they are to reject the House-passed level of $85.5 million for the DFC program.

TIMING

Please fax the members of your congressional delegation IMMEDIATELY. CADCA will continue to monitor the DFC program as the appropriations process moves forward and will alert you when further action must be taken. 

CADCA’s fax system allows you to automatically fax CADCA’s sample letter on this issue to your legislators from CADCA’s website.  To send faxes to your legislators, go to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/. 

If you would like to personalize your letter with examples from your community, please email lhouff@cadca.org for a MS Word version of the sample letter. 

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