The Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that assists with funding community-based coalitions with the goal of preventing youth substance use. To date, the DFC has funded close to 2,000 coalitions with the help of almost 9,000 volunteers nationwide.
In the past eight years, the communities that the DFC funds have shown significant reductions in youth usage of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use (particularly marijuana). However, there have been increases in youth prescription drug abuse according to a recent study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The DFC program hopes to address local coalitions and to help them identify drug issues within the young community, hoping to develop the proper infrastructures that can combat the problems at hand.
Community-based coalitions that meet the statutory eligibility requirements are eligible to submit Request for Applications (RFAs) to the DFC.
According to the DFC website the statutory eligibility requirements are as follows:
- New applicants: All DFC applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether each applicant meets all of the statutory eligibility requirements. Applications submitted by eligible applicants will then be scored through a peer review process according to the evaluation criteria described in the Request for Applications. Statutory eligibility requirements, written into the DFC Act, are inherent in the DFC program. Failure to meet any single eligibility requirement will cause an application to be deemed ineligible and the application will not move forward to peer review. Should your application fail to meet the eligibility requirements, the person listed as the contact person on the Application for Federal Assistance will receive a letter stating why the application was deemed ineligible. Final authority lies with the DFC Administrator to determine the eligibility of an applicant.
- Continuation applicants: During the Continuation Application process for DFC grantees in Years 2-4 and 6-9, the legal grantee (where applicable) and coalition must demonstrate compliance with reasonable and requested evidence for all of the statutory eligibility requirements to be considered for continued funding. Currently funded DFC coalitions are expected to be in compliance with all statutory eligibility requirements throughout the entire funding cycle for which they are receiving a DFC grant.
For more information on the DFC and RFAs click here.
Source: HEC/News e-Digest, U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention