The Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving, as is its impact on communities across the United States. ONDCP and CDC understand that this poses unique challenges to everyone in our country and may impact your ability to apply to the Drug-Free Communities grant program. Please go to for updated information on deadline extensions for the new applicants and competing continuation applicants.

The FY 2020 DFC Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been released. For this fiscal year, ONDCP anticipates awarding nearly $25 million to 200 new community coalitions. Coalitions interested in applying can find more information here:

The DFC Program operates on a similar timeline each year. Community coalitions interested in applying to the DFC Program are encouraged to regularly check the ONDCP webpage for the latest programmatic updates.

Grants awarded through the DFC Support Program are intended to support and fund community-based youth substance use prevention coalitions in the United States. Coalitions cannot fund organizations or activities outside of the United States.

For the purposes of the DFC Support Program, a coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.  DFC grant award recipients are expected to conduct the day-to-day operations of the grant program and are not permitted to serve as a conduit for DFC funds passing through them or to another agency.

Requirements for applying coalitions

Community coalitions interested in DFC funding can email for more information.