Announcement for the FY 2003 Drug-Free Communities Support Program

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) have issued a program
announcement for the FY 2003 Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

The goals of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program are to reduce
substance abuse among youth; help community coalitions strengthen
collaboration; enhance intergovernmental collaboration, cooperation, and
coordination; enable communities to conduct data-driven, research-based
prevention planning; and provide technical assistance, guidance, and
financial support to communities.

ONDCP and OJJDP invite eligible coalitions who are interested in reducing
substance abuse in their communities to apply.

Eligible applicants are community coalitions whose members have worked
together on substance abuse reduction initiatives for a period of not less
than 6 months and that meet all the coalition eligibility requirements
outlined in the program announcement. The coalition will use entities such
as task forces, subcommittees, community boards, and any other community
resources that will enhance the coalition's collaborative efforts. With
substantial participation from volunteer community leaders, the coalition
will implement multisector, multistrategy, long-term plans designed to
reduce substance abuse among youth.

Approximately 150 grants of up to $100,000 will be made available through a
competitive grant process in fiscal year (FY) 2003. However, all 2003
program activity is dependent upon appropriations, which are currently still
pending.

All applications must be completed online using the Office of Justice
Programs' (OJP's) Grants Management System
(http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm). Note: Only applications submitted
online through GMS will be accepted; applications that are mailed, faxed, or
e-mailed will not be accepted. Interested applicants can access the program
announcement on the OJJDP Web site under Grants & Funding
(http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/grants/current.html#021231).

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. E.S.T. March 11, 2003. Applicants
must register on OJP's Grants Management System by February 25, 2003.

If you have questions or need further information, e-mail:
drugfree@ncjrs.org.

Additional information about the Drug-Free Communities Support Program is
available at http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/dfcs/index.html.
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