Drug Free Communities Grant


The DFC grant is under the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Congress authorized these grants in 1997, with the thought that “local problems need local solutions.” Currently, more than 700 drug-free community coalitions receive this funding. The local Drug Free Partnership was the only new designee to receive this award in 2010 for Indiana, which encompasses 15 grantees overall.

The 2010-2015 DFC grant of $650,000 supports evidence-based initiatives aimed at preventing youth alcohol, binge drinking and prescription drug abuse. Best practices are used to bring about desired change. Examples include: training and implementation of school-based Lead and Seed prevention groups; annual Youth Leadership Summits; and substance abuse education and awareness programs for youth and family members. The DFP has documented positive results over the past five years and hopes to receive continued federal funding.

Locally Funded Grants

The DFP receiveds funds from court fees paid by convicted substance abuse offenders. The fees support an annual competitive grant process that awards funding in the three targeted areas of prevention, treatment and justice. Examples include:

Prevention Grants

• Michigan City Boys & Girls Club

• New Prairie Middle School Drug Free


Justice Grants

• La Porte Metro Operations Drug Task Force

• Problem Solving Court

• Teen Court (La Porte & Michigan City)

Youth Coalition

• Open Door Adolescent Health Center Prevention Programs

• Safe Harbor Drug Free Youth Coalition


Treatment Grants

• Open Door Adolescent Health Center Treatment Programs

• Frontline Foundation

• Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®)

• Problem Solving Court Treatment