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FY 2010 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Drug Free Communities Support Program

(Initial Announcement)

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-10-005
Posting on January 19, 2010
Original Receipt date: March 19, 2010
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by March 19, 2010

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates.  Review process recommendations from the 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 (DHHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2010 Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants. The purpose of this program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.

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, public and private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. For the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger.
  • Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse 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, inhalants, marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, where their use is prohibited by Federal, State, or local law. Substances may also include the non-medical use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines.)  Note: DFC efforts 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.

DFC grantees are required to work toward these two goals as the primary focus of their Federally-funded effort.

The Drug Free Communities Program (DFC) was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 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. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 26 (Substance Abuse).

Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded approximately 1,600 DFC grants, with an additional 150 new awards expected in FY 2010. The communities 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 at


Eligible Applicants

The Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20) and its subsequent Reauthorization Acts (Public Law 107-82 and Public Law 109-469) authorize initial grant funding or renewal grant funding for coalitions who meet all eligibility criteria.

All DFC applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether each applicant meets all the DFC program eligibility requirements contained in the eligibility requirements in the RFA. In addition, the nonprofit status of the grantee organization will be verified along with their ability to fiscally manage Federal funds. Applications submitted by eligible coalitions that demonstrate that they meet all requirements will then be scored by an independent panel according to the evaluation criteria described in Part V of this RFA, Application Review Information.

DFC grant funds are intended to support eligible community-based coalitions focused on addressing youth substance use. Applications submitted by applicants that do not demonstrate that they meet all of the eligibility requirements will not advance to the Peer Review stage. Nothing can be added to an application once it has been submitted.

A table in the RFA contains a summary of the DFC eligibility requirements and the minimum documentation applicants must provide to meet the eligibility criteria. “Where to Document” sections in the table tell you where to include the required information in your application (e.g., as an attachment, in the Project Narrative, in the Budget Narrative). Each year, DFC grantees must demonstrate compliance with all of the eligibility criteria in this RFA to be considered for continued funding.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $18.75 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 150 grants
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $125,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Approximately $18.75 million for 150 FY 2010 DFC grants will be awarded through this RFA. DFC grants will be available to eligible coalitions in amounts of up to $125,000 per year over a five-year period, known as a “funding cycle.”  To apply for a DFC grant under this RFA, a coalition must fall into one of the following three categories:

  1. A coalition that has never received a DFC grant.
  2. A coalition that previously received a DFC grant but experienced a lapse in funding.
  3. A coalition that has concluded the first five-year funding cycle and is applying for a second five-year funding cycle.

 If selected to receive a DFC grant, coalitions will be awarded funds for one year (covering the 12-month period from September 30, 2010–September 29, 2011). Funds for subsequent years within a Years 1-5 or Years 6-10 grant cycle are distributed on an annual basis as non-competing continuation awards. Annual continuation awards are contingent upon the availability of DFC funds, the continued ability of the coalition to demonstrate eligibility, grantee progress in meeting grant requirements, timely submission of the continuation application and all required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of the award.

Coalitions that have previously received DFC funding but experienced a lapse in their five-year funding cycle, may reapply for funding to complete their five-year funding cycle. For example, if Coalition X received DFC funding for Years 1 and 2, but did not receive funding for Year 3, Coalition X may apply for funding for Years 3, 4, and 5 under this RFA. Coalition X may not, however, reapply for Year 1 or Year 2 funding.
NOTE: All applicants must clearly state the program award year for which they are applying (e.g., Year 1, Year 2). Please indicate in Attachment 15 (see Appendix L of this RFA) the status of the coalition and for which specific years you have received DFC support in the past. If your coalition had a break in funding, indicate each year you did not receive funding from the Drug Free Communities program.
Coalitions that have received 10 years of funding or believe that they may have received 10 years of DFC funding should refer to the End of Grant Policy (Congressional 10-Year Funding Limit Policy) outlined in Appendix J of this RFA.

Contact Information

For questions regarding prevention program and coalition-related issues, including those pertaining to the completion of an application for this grant program, contact:

Olivia Shockey
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 4-1082
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1270

For questions on financial and grants management issues or other such technical matters pertaining to the completion of an application for this grant program, contact:

Barbara Orlando
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1091
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1422

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Last updated: 02/19/2010