Eligibility applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance use that have previously received a DFC grant but experienced a lapse in funding or have concluded the first five-year funding cycle and are applying for a second five-year funding cycle. Statutory Eligibility Requirements, written into the DFC Act, are inherent in the language of the DFC Support Program. Applicants should refer to Table 1: Statutory Eligibility Requirements, which contains a summary of the minimum documentation applicants must provide to meet these criteria. The table also specifies evidence required and where to place it in the application (e.g., as an attachment, in the Project Narrative, or in the Budget Narrative).
Failure to meet any single statutory eligibility requirement will cause the application to be deemed ineligible; in such case it 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. No additional information may be added to an application after the application deadline. Final authority lies with the DFC Administrator to determine the eligibility of an application.
NOTE: Coalitions that have already received 10 years of DFC funding are not eligible to apply for this grant.
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 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 FOA. Each year, DFC recipients must demonstrate compliance with all of the Statutory Eligibility Requirements to be considered for continuation funding.
A DFC legal applicant (an organization applying on behalf of a coalition, the coalition, or the applicant coalition) must reside within the United States and/or the U.S. Territories. The intent of the DFC Support Program is to fund coalition activities in the United States and does not authorize the funding of organizations or activities outside the United States.