Drug prevention grants awarded

Some $19 million in grants to support community drug prevention coalitions will be awarded to communities throughout the United States, federal officials have announced.

About 150 grants will be awarded in Drug Free Communities Support Program funds, the White House Office of National Drug Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced.

The deadline to apply for grants is March 21.

To assist potential Drug Free Communities applicants through the grant process, the federal agencies and the National Coalition Institute have scheduled six regional DFC FY08 application workshops. They are free and open to the public. They will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in five cities, including New Orleans, La., for the South on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Washington, D.C., Friday, Feb. 15. Attendance is not required to apply.

The Drug Free Communities Support Program is the largest federal drug prevention effort in the U.S., with more than $90 million in investment. Each successful applicant will receive up to $125,000 a year in federal matching funds during a five-year cycle to support community-based substance abuse prevention and reduction efforts.

The program aims to establish and strengthen communities, private nonprofit agencies and federal, state, local and tribal governments and entities to support community-based efforts to prevent, reduce and eliminate substance abuse. It was created in 1997 under the Drug Free Communities Act.

For more information about the program or the grant application deadline, visit http://www.ondcp.gov/dfc.