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The DFC Support Program has two goals:

1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth (For the purposes of this grant, "youth" is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger).


2. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.



Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is funded through The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).


The DFC Support Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20). 



The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program has been a central, bi-partisan component of our nation's demand reduction strategy since its passage in 1998. The consistent and steady growth of the program, from $10 million in 1998 to $93.5 million in 2015 and the number of grantees (from 92 original grantees to more than 2000 grantees) is a testament to the program's popularity. The premise of the DFC program is simple - that communities

around the country must be organized and equipped to deal with their individual substance abuse problems in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.


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