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FY 2006 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Drug Free Communities Support Mentoring Program

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-06-004
Posting on March 30, 2006
Receipt date: May 12, 2006
Announcement Type: Initial

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243


Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 12, 2006.

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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce the availability of funds for new FY 2006 Drug Free Communities Support Mentoring Program (DFC Mentoring) grants.

The purpose of the DFC Mentoring Program is to provide grant funds to existing DFC grantees (mentors) to support development and/or expansion of new community coalitions (mentees) that are focused on substance abuse prevention.

The DFC Program, a collaborative initiative sponsored by ONDCP in partnership with SAMHSA, is designed to achieve two goals:

  • 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. DFC grants must focus on multiple drugs of abuse. When the term "drug" or "substance" is used in this announcement, it is intended to include all of the above substances.
  • 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.

Congress signed the Drug-Free Communities Act (P.L. 105-20) into law on June 27, 1997. The Act provides financial assistance and support to community coalitions to carry out the mission of reducing substance abuse among the nation's youth. On December 14, 2001, P.L. 107-82, 115 Stat. 814 (2001), reauthorized the program for 5 years.

The community sites that have been awarded DFC grants represent a cross-section from every region in the nation and include rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities. In FY 2005, 24 new DFC mentoring grants and 13 mentoring continuation grants were awarded. More information can be found on the DFC web site (


DFC Mentoring Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria or the application will not be forwarded for review. The coalition:

  • Must have been in existence for at least 5 years.  
  • Must be a current DFC New or Continuation grantee.
  • Must have achieved, through its own efforts, measurable results in the prevention of substance abuse among youth.
  • Must have staff, volunteers, or members willing to serve as mentors for persons seeking to start or expand the activities of other coalitions in the prevention of substance abuse.
  • The coalition must have demonstrable support from the coalition to be mentored and from key sectors of the community(ies) where the coalition will carry out the specific mentoring activities supported by the grant. The key sectors are:
    • -youth (an individual 18 or under)
    • -parents
    • -business community
    • -media
    • -school
    • -youth-serving organizations
    • -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)
    • -other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse

SAMHSA will consider the information provided in the applicant's project narrative and supporting documentation in order to determine whether or not an individual applicant meets the above criteria.

Award Information

Approximately $1.2 million will be available for 15 new DFC Mentoring Grant Awards in FY 2006. Applicants may request up to $75,000. New mentor applicants may request project periods of up to 2 years. Annual continuation awards will depend on availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, and grant terms and conditions.

Cost sharing is required.  Please refer to the full announcement for further details.

Awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Richard Moore, Branch Chief
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Rd., 4th Floor
Rockville, MD  20857

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:

The complete Announcement No. SP-06-004

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Adobe PDF Format Download as Acrobat Document

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms, assurances, certification, and checklist.

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

Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

You may request a complete application kit by calling one of SAMHSA's national clearinghouses:

  • For substance abuse prevention or treatment grants, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686.

  • For mental health grants, call the National Mental Health Information Center at 1-800-789-CMHS (2647).

Additional Materials

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

Additional materials available on this website include:

Technical Assistance and Training for SAMHSA Grant Applicants

Grants Management at SAMHSA: Useful Information for Grantees

Last updated: 02/12/2009