Drug Free Communities

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.