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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

The receipt date for applications for the Drug Free Communities Support Program SP-13-002 has been changed to March 29, 2013.  Electronic applications must be received by 11:59 PM (Eastern time).  Paper applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern time).   All other requirements in the RFA remain unchanged.

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-13-002
Posting on January 18, 2013
Original Receipt date: March 22, 2013
Modified Receipt date: March 29, 2013

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.276

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by March 29, 2013
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 DFC 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. The DFC Program is a collaborative effort directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

The DFC Program has two goals:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and 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.


Statutory Eligibility Requirements, written into the DFC Act, are inherent in the DFC Program. Read Table 1 of this RFA: Statutory Eligibility Requirements, 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 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 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 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.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $18,750,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 150
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $125,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

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

For questions on forms and budgets contact:

DFC Federal Form/Budget Helpline
Division of Grants Management
Virginia Simmons
(240) 276-1422

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants.

Additional materials available on this website include:

Last updated: 01/18/2013