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3/13/2014 - The Application Due Date has been Extended to March 26, 2014.

2/11/2014 - Modification made to the FY 14 DFC RFA. Please see Additional Materials at the bottom of this RFA summary.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SP-14-002

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

Application Due Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.276

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 (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. The DFC Support Program has two goals:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth*.
  2. 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.

*For the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger.

The DFC Support Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Statutory Eligibility Requirements, written into the DFC Act, are inherent in the DFC Support Program. Read Table 1: Statutory Eligibility Requirements of the RFA, which contains a summary of the Statutory Eligibility Requirements and the minimum documentation applicants must provide to meet the eligibility criteria. The “Where to Document” section in the table shows applicants where to include the required information in their applications (e.g., as an attachment, in the Project Narrative, or in the Budget Narrative). Failure to meet any single eligibility requirement will cause the application to be deemed ineligible, and the application will be screened out and will not move forward to peer review. Should your application fail to meet the eligibility requirements, the person listed as the Business Official on the Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424) will receive a letter stating why the application was deemed ineligible to apply. No additional information may be added to an application after it has been submitted. Final authority lies with the DFC Administrator to determine the eligibility of an application.

All DFC applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether an applicant meets all the DFC Support Program statutory eligibility requirements identified in Table 1.  In addition, the non-profit status of the grantee/legal applicant (if applicable) will be verified along with its ability to fiscally manage federal funds.  Applications submitted by eligible coalitions that demonstrate they meet all requirements will then be scored through a peer review process according to the evaluation criteria described in the Application Review Information of this RFA.  Each year, DFC grantees must demonstrate compliance with all of the Statutory Eligibility Requirements to be considered for continued funding.

The intent of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program is to fund activities in the United States and does not authorize the funding of organizations or activities outside the United States.  If applicable, both the fiscal agent and the applicant coalition must be within the United States and/or the U.S. Territories.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $22,750,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 182

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $125,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: Yes

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

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; or
  3. A coalition that has concluded the first five-year funding cycle and is applying for a second five-year funding cycle (Year 6).

Grantees will be awarded funds for one year beginning on September 30. Funds for subsequent years within a grant cycle are distributed on an annual basis as non-competing continuation awards.

Coalitions that have previously received DFC funding, but experienced a lapse in their five-year funding cycle, may re-apply for funding to complete their five-year funding cycle.

Coalitions that have received 10 years of DFC funding are not eligible for this grant.

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