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AOD Funding Opportunity

1/20/2003:   Despite the recent media attention highlighting a decrease in the number of youth using alcohol and other drugs (AOD), communities must continue to combat substance abuse among youth. The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) have issued a program announcement for the FY 2003 Drug-Free Communities Support Program. The goals of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program are to reduce substance abuse among youth; help community coalitions strengthen collaboration; enhance intergovernmental collaboration, cooperation, and coordination; enable communities to conduct data-driven, research-based prevention planning; and provide technical assistance, guidance, and financial support to communities.

ONDCP and OJJDP invite eligible coalitions who are interested in reducing substance abuse in their communities to apply.

Eligible applicants are community coalitions whose members have worked together on substance abuse reduction initiatives for a period greater than six months and meet all the coalition eligibility requirements outlined in the program announcement. The coalition will use entities such as task forces, subcommittees, community boards, and any other community resources that will enhance the coalition's collaborative efforts. With substantial participation from volunteer community leaders, the coalition will implement multi-sector, multi-strategy, long-term plans designed to reduce substance abuse among youth.

Approximately 150 grants of up to $100,000 will be made available through a competitive grant process in fiscal year (FY) 2003. However, all 2003 program activity is dependent upon appropriations, which are currently still pending.

A series of regional workshops to explain the application process for prospective applicants will be held on the following dates - February 4, 2003, San Diego, CA; February 5, 2003, Kansas City, MO; February 6, 2003, Tampa, FL; and February 7, 2003, Baltimore, MD.

All applications must be completed online using the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Grants Management System (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm). Note: Only applications submitted online through GMS will be accepted; applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed will not be accepted. Interested applicants can access the program announcement on the OJJDP website under Grants & Funding (http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/grants/current.html#021231).

The deadline for applications is 5:00 P.M. EST March 11, 2003. Applicants must register on OJP's Grants Management System by February 25, 2003.

If you have questions or need further information, e-mail drugfree@ncjrs.org. Additional information about the Drug-Free Communities Support Program is available at http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/dfcs/index.html.

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