Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Grant Money Available

February 16, 2017

Below is a list of funding opportunities that may be applicable for the LifeSkills Training program.  For more detailed information on each funding opportunity and contact information click here.


FUNDING FOR BOTVIN LIFESKILLS TRAINING IN PENNSYLVANIA – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is accepting applications for Delinquency Prevention Programs Funds to support a targeted group of evidence-based programs proven to be effective in reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.  The 2017 Funding Announcement includes a list of programs eligible for funding under this announcement including Botvin LifeSkills Training.

Application deadline is 3/14/17

DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES SUPPORT PROGRAM GRANT – The FY 2017 Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding opportunity by the Office of National Drug Control Policy anticipates award amounts up to $125,000. The DFC Support Program establishes and strengthens collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.

Application deadline is 3/15/17

GOOD SHEPHERD GRANTS FOR NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA – The Good Shepherd Fund, Inc. offers grants to community agencies for substance abuse prevention and education. Community agencies in Columbus, Bladen, Robeson, New Hanover and Brunswick counties in North Carolina and Horry County of South Carolina are eligible for grant funds. Each year mini grants are awarded on a competitive basis to selected non-profit or governmental agencies.

Application deadline is 3/15/17

GRANT PROJECTS AIMED AT PREVENTING SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN IDAHO – The Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP) is accepting applications for grant projects aimed at preventing substance abuse. Public entities and non-profit organizations are eligible for funding and encouraged to apply for grants totaling about $1.6 million annually to Idaho communities for substance abuse prevention programs. ODP endorses Prevention education and training that provides specific skills to participants.

Application deadline is 3/24/17

$3.6 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR BOTVIN LIFESKILLS TRAINING IN ARIZONA – The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family announced the release of a competitive grant solicitation in a Request for Grant Application for the Arizona High School Health and Wellness Program. The goal of the program is to prevent the onset of underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse and abuse by utilizing evidence based programs. Research has identified Botvin LifeSkills Training as an approved program under this grant.

Application deadline is 4/4/17

VIRGINIA ABC OFFERS ALCOHOL PREVENTION GRANT – In an effort to encourage and support the development of alcohol education and prevention programs across the commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Education and Prevention Grant awards. Grant awards will be limited to a maximum of $8,000 per recipient. Community coalitions, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and prevention groups are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is 4/25/17

DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION FUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS IN ILLINOIS – The Freeport Community Foundation announces that the John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund will award  grants for educational, prevention, and/or substance abuse treatment programs focused on helping youth age 21 or younger in Freeport, Illinois. Grant amounts vary on a project-by-project basis. To be eligible, organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.

Application deadline is 6/1/17



August 20, 2010

ONDCP reports on the White House’s back to school message. Traditionally, August marks the end of summer and, for students, teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents, the start of the back-to-school season. Across the nation, families and communities are engaged in the time honored ritual of preparing for the upcoming school year. The start of class is an exciting time — a time for new opportunities and challenges. Back-to-school also presents a number of unique challenges in our collective efforts to keep young people healthy and drug-free.

Prescription Drug Abuse Not What the Doctor Ordered

July 9, 2010

July 8, 2010 reports on prescription drug abuse. Since prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States, ONDCP launched a prescription drug abuse initiative aimed at preventing and reducing prescription drug abuse and emergency room visits resulting from that abuse.

A recent national survey of high-school students reported that among 12th graders surveyed, 7 of the top 10 abused substances are pharmaceuticals. Between 1997 and 2007, treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 400 percent. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of visits to hospital emergency departments involving the non-medical use of narcotic painkillers increased 111 percent. In addition, the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that most people who abuse these drugs are getting them from friends and family or from a doctor.

Click here to read full article

2010 DFC Peer Reviewer Webinar

April 14, 2010

The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Office of Grants Review will be hosting a final Webinar to recruit peer reviewers for the 2010 Drug-Free Communities Request for Applications (both regular and mentoring) April 20 at 1 p.m. EDT.

If you are a current or former DFC grantee interested in being in the Peer Reviewer pool, please visit the Drug-Free Communities Support Program’s Web site: for information on how to participate.
Please make sure that you are available during the Peer Review period, May 13 to 27, 2010, and for a possible second round in early June.

To access the audio for the Webinar, please call: 800-779-1749
Passcode: DFC

To access the Webinar (PowerPoint), go to:
Conference number: PW7154961
Passcode: DFC

Participants can join the event directly at:
No registration is required for the Webinar.

Healthcare Reform Law Includes Focus on Prevention

April 13, 2010

The bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23 will create a national prevention council with the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy as a member and alcohol and other drug addictions listed as a national priority for that council’s report to Congress. 

While much attention has focused on the new law’s impact on treatment and coordination with the general healthcare system, the healthcare-reform package also does much to advance the cause of addiction prevention because no child can be denied coverage for pre-exisiting conditions, nor can insurers drop coverage of people with preexisting conditions like addiction and mental-health problems.

HR 3590 “promotes evidence-based clinical and community prevention with increased funding; incentives for local governments to improve community wellness; grants for small businesses to provide comprehensive workplace wellness; science-based nutrition information for families; and health screenings with personalized prevention plans covered by Medicare,” according to U.S. Preventive Medicine, a prevention-services provider. “The legislation also includes a pilot program to provide at-risk populations who utilize community health centers with individualized wellness plans to include nutritional counseling, physical activity plans, alcohol and smoking cessation counseling, and stress management.”

A public health and prevention fund that will provide $15 billion over 10 years to support home, school, and workplace prevention is included in the law, as well. “This new legislation promotes the development of a national prevention strategy which would align the views of most Americans with the policy and funding necessary to move toward a culture of prevention, personal responsibility and wellness,” said Ron Loeppke, M.D., vice chairman of U.S. Preventive Medicine.

New Fact Sheet on U.S. Demand Reduction Efforts from ONDCP

April 2, 2010

On Monday the ONDCP released the U.S. Demand Reduction Efforts Fact Sheet to highlight programs they support to prevent initial drug use, and treat those who already use. The Obama administration has requested greater support for demand reduction in the FY 2011 Budget. The budget reflects a 6.5% increase in requested funds (when compared to the 2010 enacted Budget), the largest increase in requested funds of all types of counter-drug programs.

More importantly, the administration is requesting a 13% increase in prevention funds for 2011. See below for the section on prevention:

Prevention is most successful when messages are conveyed at home (core values); reinforced in schools, workplaces, and community organizations (reinforcing values). They should link prevention and overall health, reflecting shared social norms (prevailing values).

Prevention Prepared Communities: The FY 2011 request includes $15 million for a pilot network of “prevention-prepared communities.” These offer continuous evidence-based interventions throughout adolescence. $5.6 million are requested for community specialists to develop prevention-prepared communities and increase State agency collaboration. Activities include State-level drug monitoring, technical assistance, and mentoring networks. Also, $2.0 million is requested to fund evaluations of the pilot program.

Research. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will invest $435.2 million in FY 2011 to research the effectiveness of drug prevention.

The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. The FY 2011 request of $66.5 million targets youth and their parents through advertising and public outreach on television, radio, in magazines and on the internet. For more information go to:

Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program. The FY 2011 request of $85.5 million for DFC provides grants of up to $125,000 per year, for a maximum of 10 years, to local coalitions to mobilize communities against drugs. Similar coalitions funded in part through the State Department exist in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil and South Africa. For more information go to:

Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students. FY-2011 requests $283.1 million to support school based prevention programs.

ONDCP in Partneship with SAMHSA Announces 2010 Drug Free Communities Program RFA’s are Now Available

January 25, 2010

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announced that the 2010 DFC Request for Applications (RFA) is now available at 

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program funds community coalitions addressing youth substance use. Any coalition, that meets the statutory eligibility requirements may apply for DFC funding.  

If you have questions related to the content of the RFA, please call the hotline at 240-276-1270 or email your questions to If you have financial or grants management questions, please call Barbara Orlando at 240-276-1422 or email her at

The deadline for applying is Friday, March 19, 2010.

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

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