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Eligible Coalitions Are Encouraged To Apply for Drug-Free Community Grants
Begun in 1998, the program awards grants of up to $100,000 each for the first 12-month period. Each coalition grantee must match the grant 100% in nonfederal funds or in-kind contributions. Funding for subsequent years depends on grantee performance, availability of funds, and other criteria established at the time of the award. In fact, of the 468 grants made since 1998, 463 programs are currently active.
The major goals of the program are to:
To be eligible for a grant, a community coalition must meet at least the following criteria:
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administers the program for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In December 2001, the program was reauthorized for another five years. The budget for FY 2002 increased funding of the program by $10.6 million over FY 2001, to a total of more than $50 million. By FY 2007, the reauthorization will increase the program’s funding to nearly $100 million.
Need more information, ideas for projects, or the name of a current grantee in your area? Go to www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org. This OJJDP website includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions, the application package, and information on workshops that provide assistance, training, and technical support for coalitions planning to submit applications. Agencies interested in applying for grants may wish to join an existing coalition in their area. Links are provided to information about forming community networks. For example, click on the link to Assessing Drug Abuse Within and Across Communities, or go to www.samsha.gov for descriptions of model substance abuse prevention programs. On the lower right of the OJJDP website listed above are links to other organizations that fund similar programs.
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