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Grants & Programs

ONDCP administers several grant programs to support and efficiently implement the Trump Administration’s drug policy efforts. They include:

  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program
  • Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program
  • Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crises (CARA) Program
  • Drug Courts Program
  • Model State Drug Laws Initiative
  • Anti-Doping Activities
  • National Youth Leadership Initiative

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.

The purpose of the program is to reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States by:

  • Facilitating cooperation among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities;
  • Enhancing law enforcement intelligence among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies; 
  • Providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies needed to design effective enforcement strategies and operations; and
  • Supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies which maximize use of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas and in the United States as a whole.

The HIDTA program includes 28 regional HIDTAs in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The Southwest Border HIDTA (SWB HIDTA) comprises five regions (Arizona, California, New Mexico, South Texas, and West Texas).

Check back here in the coming months for updates about HIDTA grant awards. 

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use.  Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.  DFCs involve local communities in finding solutions and also helps youth at risk for substance use recognize the majority of our Nation’s youth choose not to use substances. 

The DFC Program is effective – since the program started, past 30-day misuse of prescription drugs and past 30-day use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana have significantly declined among all DFCs. (Source - 2016 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report):

Middle School:

  • prevalence of alcohol use declined by 27%
  • prevalence of tobacco use declined by 32%
  • prevalence of marijuana use declined by 14%
  • prevalence of (illicit) prescription drug use declined by 11%

High School:

  • prevalence of use for alcohol declined by 19%
  • prevalence of tobacco use declined by 28%
  • prevalence of marijuana use declined by 6%
  • prevalence of (illicit) prescription drug use declined by 16%

DFC FY 2017 Grant Announcements:

For FY 2017, ONDCP is awarding 719 grants to community coalitions across the country, the highest number in the program’s history. Grant award recipients are identified below:

Use the attached Press Release Template provided here to share the good news about your DFC grant award.

DFC Infographic


FY 2017 DFC National Evaluation Infographic

Grants/Awards Terms & Conditions

Please check back soon for more information about ONDCP’s grants and programs.