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Short Title: DFC-M
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SP-18-004

Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Application Due Date: Monday, June 04, 2018

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 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). The DFC Mentoring (DFC-M) Program was established as a component of the DFC Support Program when the program was reauthorized in 2001 (Public Law 107-82, 115 Stat. 814). The DFC Mentoring Program was also included in the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-469).

The purpose of the DFC-M Program is to assist newly forming coalitions in becoming eligible to apply for DFC funding on their own.

It is the intent of the DFC-M Program that, at the end of the Mentoring grant, each Mentee coalition will meet all of the statutory eligibility requirements of the DFC Support Program and be fully prepared to compete for a DFC grant on their own. Recipients will be expected to achieve this by meeting the following goals:

  1. Strengthen the Mentee coalition’s organizational structure.
  2. Increase the Mentee coalition’s leadership and community readiness to address youth substance use problems in the Mentee community.
  3. Assist the Mentee coalition in working through a strategic planning process that will result in a comprehensive Action Plan.

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

The DFC-M Program is a collaborative effort directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligible applicants must have a coalition that has been in existence for at least five years (not to be interpreted as having been a DFC recipient for five years); have an active DFC grant at the time of the award (not including no-cost extensions); and be in good standing (not on restrictive status).

[See Section III-1 for complete eligibility information.]

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: Approximately $225,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately 3 awards

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $75,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to 2 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $75,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation 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 grant award Terms and Conditions. Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of award may result in suspension or termination of the award.

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

Recipients will be awarded funds for one year beginning on September 30, 2018. Funds for subsequent years within a grant cycle are distributed on an annual basis as non-competing continuation awards. Each year, recipients must demonstrate compliance with the DFC Mentoring Statutory Eligibility Requirements.

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