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Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants To Address Local Drug Crises

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Initial Announcement
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
NOFO Number
Posted on
Application Due Date
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number
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) 2018 Community-based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crises (CARA Local Drug Crises) Grants. The goal of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States.

*For the purposes of this FOA, the term “opioid” is defined as any drug having an addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability similar to morphine or being capable of conversion into a drug having such addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability.

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


The statutory authority for this program (Section 103 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act) limits eligibility to domestic public and private nonprofit entities that are current or former Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program recipients.

Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing local youth opioid, methamphetamine, and/or prescription medication abuse.  In addition, applicants must document rates of abuse of opioids or methamphetamines that are higher than the national average over a sustained period of time.

Award Information
Funding Mechanism
Anticipated Total Available Funding
Anticipated Number of Awards
Anticipated Award Amount
Up to $50,000
Length of Project
Three Years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $50,000 in total costs (direct and indirect). CARA Local Drug Crises grant awards will depend on the availability of funds, recipient progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all Terms and Conditions of award.  Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the CARA Local Drug Crises grant award may result in suspension or termination of the award.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Helpline Team
Division of Community Programs
(240) 276-1270

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, 17th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1400

Last Updated

Last Updated: 04/29/2020