Keep the Drinking Age High –

February 10, 2015

Alcohol use in the United States is a serious public health concern, particularly among teenagers and young adults.

Recent results from a national survey found that by eighth grade, approximately 27 percent had used alcohol, which increased to 66 percent by 12th grade. Additionally, a second national survey indicated that among high school seniors, about 20 percent binge drank, consuming more than 5 drinks in one occasion, during the two-week period preceding the survey. Heavy drinking is associated with negative social, mental and physical health outcomes — including risk of violent behavior, sexual assault, accidents that cause injury, additional drug use, poor academics, legal troubles, and family and interpersonal problems. Those most likely to experience harm from heavy drinking are young people, particularly those of college age.

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Free Grant-writing webinar: Strategies for Incorporating LST into a Drug free Communities Grant

February 6, 2015

A critical component of writing a compelling grant application is to incorporate a program that is supported by an overwhelming body of evidence and a quality support system.  When quality and evidence matter in a grant application, LifeSkills Training is the right choice.             

                                       Click here to Register: Wednesday, February 11th, 3:00 p.m. EST*  

This informative webinar will explore successful grant-writing tips and strategies while incorporating the LifeSkills Training program into the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant.  Our goal is to help you be as informed as possible about the grant application process while supporting the inclusion of our program as a part of your comprehensive submission.

*Space is limited to Coalitions applying for DFC funding. Only 30 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Webinar will be available on-demand starting 2/12 for those who cannot make the live session. Email for details.

Drug-Free Communities ( DFC ) Support Program


Grant: The DFC Support Program aims to establish and strengthen communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and entities to collaborate and support community-based efforts to prevent and reduce youth substance use.


Eligibility: Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have never received a DFC grant; or have previously received a DFC grant, but experienced a lapse in funding; or have concluded the first five-year funding cycle and are applying for a second five-year funding cycle.


Amount: 170 grants will be awarded of up to $125,000 each


Contact: For questions about program issues contact: DFC RFA Helpline Team, (240) 276-1270,; for Federal forms and budget questions contact Virginia Simmons, Division of Grants Management, (240) 276-1422,


Deadline: March 18, 2015

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