The Grant

Drug Free Communities Support Program

The Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC), created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use. Directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC program provides grants to local drug-free community coalitions to increase collaboration among community partners and to prevent and reduce youth substance use.


Recognizing the fundamental concept that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local drug problems.

The North Rockland – for Drug Awareness Prevention Coalition includes the following 12 sectors of the community:

  • Youth
  • Parents
  • Law enforcement

  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Media

  • Youth-serving organizations
  • Religious & fraternal organizations
  • Civic and volunteer groups

  • Healthcare professionals
  • State, local, & tribal agencies
  • Other organizations