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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 Mentoring Program

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-10-006
Posting on February 22, 2010
Amended on: March 19, 2010
Original Receipt date: April 23, 2010
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 23, 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 Mentoring Program (DFC Mentoring) grants. The purpose of the DFC Mentoring Program is to provide grant funds to existing DFC grantees, so that they may serve as Mentors to newly-formed and/or developing coalitions that have never received a DFC grant.

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, 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.)  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.

Mentoring grant funds must be used by the Mentor coalition (grantee) for the direct benefit of the Mentee community/coalition. Funding through this grant should support access for the Mentee community/coalition to obtain the training and technical assistance necessary to help them form a community coalition and pursue a DFC Support Program grant.

In addition, the Mentor coalition must establish a mentoring plan that not only includes training and technical assistance for the Mentee community/coalition, but also assists the new coalition in moving toward being an effective entity capable of addressing youth substance use.  It is the intent of the DFC Mentoring Program that communities mentored through this effort will form functioning coalitions working to reduce youth drug use at the community level, and that those coalitions should meet the basic eligibility criteria (Part III) of the DFC program. By the end of the two-year grant period, Mentor coalitions should have fully prepared each Mentee community/coalition to effectively compete for their own DFC grants.

The Drug Free Communities Program (DFC) was created by the Drug Free Communities Act, 1997 (Public Law 105-20). DFC Mentoring grants were established as a component of the DFC Program when the DFC Program was reauthorized on December 14, 2001 (Public Law 107-82, 115 Stat. 814). Congress again demonstrated its support for the DFC Mentoring effort when the DFC Program and the DFC Mentoring Program were reauthorized in December of 2006 (Public Law 109-469).

The coalitions that have been awarded DFC Mentoring grants represent a cross-section of communities from every region in the nation. In FY 2009, ONDCP awarded 10 new DFC Mentoring Grants and 10 Mentoring Continuation grants. More information about DFC and DFC Mentoring grants can be found on the DFC Web site ( 


Eligible Applicants

The Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-02) and its subsequent Reauthorization Acts (Public Law 107-82, 115 Stat 814 and Public Law 109-469)  authorize initial grant funding and renewable grant funding for coalitions who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.

DFC Mentoring applicants must be current DFC grantees and must meet all eligibility requirements of the DFC Program.

All DFC Mentoring applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether each applicant meets all the DFC Mentoring program eligibility requirements contained in the eligibility requirements table below. Applications submitted by eligible coalitions that demonstrate meeting all requirements will then be scored by an independent Peer Review panel according to the evaluation criteria described in Part V: Application Review Information.

DFC Mentoring grant funds are intended to provide support for a Mentor coalition (a current DFC grantee) to assist a new community/coalition (Mentee). Applications submitted by Mentor coalitions (applicant) that do not demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements will not advance to the Peer Review stage.  SAMHSA/ONDCP will not accept any additional materials submitted after the published deadline for receipt of applications.

Eligibility Requirements Table: For a summary of the DFC Mentoring eligibility requirements and the minimum documentation applicants must provide in Part V-1 of their applications. “Where to Document” sections, please see the Eligibility Requirements table in the Eligibilitiy seciton of the RFA.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: Approximately $1.125 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 15
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $75,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 2 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $75,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed budget.

Approximately $1.125 million for 15 FY 2010 DFC Mentoring grants will be awarded through this RFA. Grants will be available to eligible coalitions in amounts of up to $75,000 per year over a two-year period, known as a funding cycle.  To apply for a DFC Mentoring grant under this RFA, the Mentor coalition must have been in existence for at least five years and have an active DFC grant for the duration of the two year funding cycle. Additional eligibility requirements are listed in Part III of the Eligibility section of the RFA and must be met by the Mentor coalition in order to be considered for funding.

Funds for the second year of the grant are distributed as non-competing continuation awards. Continuation awards are contingent upon the availability of DFC funds, the continued ability of the grantee to demonstrate eligibility, grantee progress in meeting grant goals and objectives, compliance with all terms and conditions of the award, and timely submission of the continuation application as well as required data and reports.

Under the terms of this announcement, applicants may request and receive funding to mentor one or more coalitions for a maximum of two years. A DFC Mentoring grant may not be used to mentor the same coalition for more than two years. A DFC coalition may have only one DFC Mentoring grant at a time.

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:

CDR Tobey Manns Royal
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 4-1092
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

Documents needed to complete a grant application:





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: 03/19/2010