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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SP-13-003
Posting on February 22, 2013
Original Receipt date: April 23, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 23, 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). DFC Mentoring grants were 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 latest reauthorization extended the program until 2013. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

The primary goal of the Mentoring grant is to assist newly forming coalitions in becoming eligible to apply for DFC funding on their own. It is the intent of th DFC Mentoring Program that, at the end of the Mentoring grant, each Mentee coalition will meet all of the Statutory Eligibility Requirements of ths DFC Support Program and will be fully prepared to compete for the DFC grant on their own.

Grantees will be expected to achieve this goal by implementing the following objectives:

  1. Strengthen Mentee coalition's organizational structure
  2. Increase 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.


Statutory Eligibility Requirements, written into the DFC Act are inherent in the DFC Mentoring Program. Read Table 1: Statutory Eligibility Requirements for the DFC Mentoring Program, 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 individual listed as the Business Official on the Application for Federal Assistance will receive a letter stating why the application was deemed ineligible. No new material or information may be added to the original application after it has been submitted. Final authority lies with the DFC Administrator to determine the eligibility of an application.

All DFC Mentoring applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether each applicant meets all the Statutory Eligibility Requirements for the DFC Mentoring Program identified in Table 1 of this RFA. 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 Mentoring grantees must demonstrate compliance with all of the following Statutory Eligibility Requirements to be considered for continued funding.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $750,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: Approximately 10
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $75,000 per year for up to two years
Length of Project Period: Up to 2 years

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

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

For questions about 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: 02/22/2013