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Request for Applications (RFA)
Drug Free Communities Support Program
Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-09-002
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) announce the availability of funds for new FY 2009 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:
*For the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 and younger.
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, 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 1500 DFC grants, with an additional 130 new awards expected in FY 2009. 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: http://www.ondcp.gov/dfc/
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 the eligibility criteria outlined below.
All DFC applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether the applicant meets all the DFC program coalition eligibility requirements contained in the eligibility requirement items below. Applications submitted by eligible coalitions that demonstrate that they meet all requirements will then be evaluated, scored, and rated by an independent peer review panel according to the evaluation criteria described in Part V, Application Review Information, of this announcement.
Applications submitted by applicants that do not demonstrate that they meet the eligibility requirements will not advance to the peer review stage.
DFC grant funds are intended to support eligible community-based coalitions.
Please refer to the RFA for specific DFC eligibility requirements and the minimum documentation applicants must provide in Part V, Section G (“Documentation for Eligibility Requirements”) of their application. SAMHSA/ONDCP will not accept any additional materials submitted after the published deadline for this RFA.
Approximately $17 million for 130 FY 2009 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:
For questions regarding all prevention program and coalitions related issues including those pertaining to the completion of an application for this grant program, contact:
Mr. Dan Fletcher
For questions on financial, grants management issues and/or other such technical matters pertaining to the completion of an application for this grant program, contact:
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.
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.
For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants
Additional materials available on this website include:
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration • 1 Choke Cherry Road • Rockville, MD 20857