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Drug-Free Communities Program Expanding, Seeking Applications

3/21/2007:   The federal government is expanding its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program nationwide by awarding approximately 60 new grants this year, totaling about $6 million. The deadline to submit applications is April 17.

The DFC program is sponsored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and administered in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The antidrug program provides grants up to $100,000 to community coalitions that mobilize to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse.

Created in 1997 under the Drug-Free Communities Act, the DFC program was reauthorized in 2001 and 2006. The latest reauthorization extends DFC for an additional five years, until 2012. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded approximately 1,200 DFC grants in all 50 states. Each successful DFC grantee receives up to $100,000 per year over a five-year cycle to support community-based substance abuse prevention and reduction efforts.

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