What is the Drug Free Communities Grant?

On June 27, 1997, the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 became law. This Act provides community anti-drug coalitions with funds to work with communities and organizations to prevent substance abuse.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) directs the Drug Free Communities Support (DFC) Program in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The DFC program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community coalitions that mobilize their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse.

The grants support coalitions of youth; parents; media; law enforcement; school officials; faith-based organizations; fraternal organizations; State, local, and tribal government agencies; healthcare professionals; and other community representatives. The DFC Program enables the coalitions to strengthen their coordination and prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information about effective programs.

For more information about the DFC program or to find out whether you coalition is eligible to apply, visit the Drug Free Communities Support Program Website.