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FY 2007 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Mental Health Services (CSAP)

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-07-001
Posting on February 14, 2007
Receipt date: April 17, 2007
Announcement Type: Initial

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No
.: 93.276

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 17, 2007.

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Letters from State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination

Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announce the availability of funds for new FY 2007 Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants.

DFC is a collaborative initiative sponsored by ONDCP in partnership with SAMHSA in order to achieve two major goals:

  • Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
  • Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. (Substances include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabis, inhalants, alcohol, and tobacco, where their use is prohibited by Federal, State, or local law.) Note: DFC projects must focus on multiple drugs of abuse. When the term “drug” or “substance” is used in this funding announcement, it is intended to include all of the above drugs.

The Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC) was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act, 1997 (Public Law 105-20), reauthorized through the Drug-Free Communities Reauthorization Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-82) and reauthorized again through the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-469). The latest reauthorization extended the program for an additional five years until 2012.

Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded approximately 1,200 DFC grants, with an additional 60 new awards expected in FY 2007, subject to the appropriation of funds. The community sites that have been awarded grants represent a cross-section of communities from every region in the nation and include rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities. The program has given priority to economically disadvantaged areas or counties in which 20 percent or more of the children are living in a household below the poverty line, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Additional grantee information is available on the DFC web site 


DFC grant funds are intended to support community-based coalitions.  The following is a summary of the DFC eligibility requirements and the minimum documentation applicants must provide in Section G (Supporting Documentation) of their application.  If an application does not meet the eligibility requirements, it will not be forwarded for review.

1.1 The coalition must be a legally eligible entity. The coalition must be an organization legally eligible to apply for a grant or must make arrangements with an organization that will apply for the grant on behalf of the coalition and serve as the legal and fiscal agent for the grant. That is, a single organization (i.e., the coalition or its fiscal agent) must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. Legal/fiscal agents acting on behalf of a coalition may be domestic public or private non-profit entities, such as State, local, or tribal governments; public or private universities and colleges; professional associations; voluntary organizations, self-help groups; consumer and provider services-oriented constituency groups; community and faith-based organizations; and tribal organizations. 1.1. Applicants should simply state they are a legally eligible entity.

1.2 The coalition must have as part of its principal mission the goal of reducing substance abuse among youth.

1.2 Applicants must provide a copy of the coalition's mission statement in order to document a focus on youth substance abuse reduction and/or prevention.

1.3 The coalition's goals and objectives must target multiple drugs and address the two major DFC goals.

1.3 Applicants should state that they are targeting multiple drugs and addressing the two DFC goals. Applicants must support this statement with the information provided in Sections A-L (Project Narrative and Supporting Documentation Requirements) of their applications.

1.4 The coalition must demonstrate that coalition members have worked together on substance abuse prevention for a period of not less than six months before submitting this application. This “working together” can include but not be limited to: acting through entities such as task forces, subcommittees, or community boards.

1.4 Applicants must submit two sets of meeting minutes. One set for a period of at least six months or more before the submission date of this application and one set for a period not more than three months prior to submitting this application. Both sets of minutes must demonstrate that the coalition has substantial involvement and participation from its membership as well as volunteer community leaders. The minutes should also demonstrate the coalition's commitment to reducing youth drug use.

Applicants must also submit copies of the memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the applicant and the sectors/organizations/members stating their contribution(s) to the DFC coalition as well as the sector they represent. The signed originals must be maintained in the official files of the grantee coalition.

1.5 The coalition must have representation from its targeted community and include a minimum of one member/representative from each of the following 12 sectors:
-youth (an individual 18 or under);
-business community;
-youth-serving organization;
-law enforcement agencies;
-religious or fraternal organizations;
-civic and volunteer groups;
-healthcare professionals;
-State, local, or tribal governmental agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse (if applicable, the State authority with primary authority for substance abuse); and
-other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse.

A coalition member is defined as a representative of the community if he/she participates in regularly scheduled coalition management and planning meetings and is an active participant and contributor to the coalition's activities, events, and strategic planning. A sponsor/supporter is not necessarily the same as an active coalition member. For purposes of this application, an individual coalition member may not represent more than one of the above categories.

1.5 In table format, applicants must list the 12 sectors; the member(s)/ person(s) representing that sector; the name of their agency / organization; and their contribution to the coalition's activities. Applicants must also attach an MOU from each sector representative.

1.6 The coalition must demonstrate that it has substantial participation from volunteer leaders in the community.

1.6 Applicants must provide:

-an organization chart that reflects the coalition's (NOT THE FISCAL AGENT's) structure, relationship to an umbrella agency or other separate entities, and staff positions funded through DFC funds and matching funds.

-brief history of the coalition that discusses when it was formed, for what purpose, and significant changes made or planned in the structure and mission.

-meeting minutes that reflect substantial participation from volunteer leaders in the community

*These support materials must be consistent with information provided in Sections A-L of the application.

1.7 The coalition must demonstrate that it responds to substance abuse prevention in the community in a comprehensive and long-term fashion and works to develop consensus regarding the priorities of the community to combat substance abuse among youth.

1.7 Reviewers will look for evidence of this throughout your responses in Sections A-L of the application.

1.8 Applicants/fiscal agents may submit only one application under this funding announcement. Two coalitions may not serve the same geographic area unless both coalitions have clearly described their plan for collaboration in their applications and each coalition has independently met the eligibility requirements.

1.8 Each applicant must provide detailed plans for collaboration and each must meet the eligibility requirements. If an applicant is serving an area already served by a DFC Grantee, the applicant must specifically identify the level of collaboration with that grantee and include a letter of support from that grantee.

To view a list of all current DFC grantees, visit and click on “Grantees.”

1.9.Statewide substance abuse prevention coalitions may apply provided they meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

1.9 Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements in Section III. For a statewide coalition, sector members must represent a geographic area consistent with the coalition's target area. (For example, a single county sheriff would not qualify as a law enforcement representative for a statewide coalition. However, a statewide sheriff's association would qualify as a statewide law enforcement organization).


Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: Approximately $6,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 60 new awards
Anticipated Award Amount:

(see below)

Length of Project Period: Up to 5 Years

Approximately $6 million will be available for 60 new FY 2007 DFC awards.  “New” is defined as any of the following: 1) never have received DFC funding; 2) previously received but had a lapse in DFC funding; or 3) applying for a second project period after conclusion of the initial 5-year award.  Applicants may request project periods for up to five years. 

If a grantee is in any five-year cycle and experienced a lapse in funding, for whatever reason, the applicant may reapply under the new Request for Applications (RFA) for a project period that would complete the five-year funding cycle.  The funding years will begin with the lapse year.  For example, if the grantee experienced a lapse in funding after the second year of the project (i.e., in the third year), the grantee may apply for funding for years three through five.

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $100,000 per year. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting requirements, such as implementation of the SPF, and timely submission of required data and reports.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

David Morrissette, DSW
Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1010
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1912

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1097
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1421

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Download the complete Announcement No. SP-07-001:

MS Word Format Download RFA in MS Word format
PDF Format Download RFA in Adobe PDF format

You must respond to the requirements in the RFA in preparing your application.

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms and checklist. Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

Additional materials available on this website include:

Last updated: 12/12/2007