Office of National Drug Control Policy

Directory of Federally Funded Prevention Programs

Preventing drug use before it starts is a cost-effective, common-sense approach to creating a healthier Nation.  The Federal government supports a number of local-level prevention activities through research and grants. This directory provides a listing of Federally-funded prevention programs that received grant funding in FY 2011.  


Supported by Federal funds, the largest provider of local-level substance abuse prevention services are public schools, law enforcement organizations, and community organizations.  Nearly 140,000 schools educate over 75,000,000 U.S. children with persistent messaging about safe and healthy lifestyles and not using drugs embedded within their health and family life curriculum. Police officers work closely with schools and community organizations to lend their unique perspective to prevention messaging.  Community organizations forge partnerships and develop forums to deliver prevention messaging.  Federal and State agencies fund locally research based interventions

While the majority of local prevention addresses the general population of school aged youth, other prevention services target specific populations, which are shown in the table below.

Table of Substance Abuse Prevention Targeted Populations - 2009 Estimates

Total US Population 308,745,538
Persons in the Workplace 155,163,000
Primary and Secondary School Youth 54,704,000
College students 21,016,000
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender 8,969,000
Parolees, Probationers, and Prisoners reentering society 4,887,900
Native Americans 4,300,000
Persons at risk or infected by HIV 1,148,200
Homeless 649,917

Included in this directory are substance abuse prevention programs with the goal of stopping drug use before it starts. It is important to note that the grant programs listed here often have more than one permissible use competing with drug prevention for the limited grant funds.  For each program, the agency name, operating unit or bureau, program name, program-identifying number (CFDA), grantee types, grant type, grant program description, and recent appropriated and requested amount available to grantees are listed.

Grants by Federal Agency

Office of National Drug Control Policy

Department of Education

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of Defense

Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Emergency Shelter Grants Program
  • Supportive Housing Program
  • Shelter Plus Care

Department of Transportation

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving Countermeasures Incentive Program

Department of Labor           

  • Reintegration of Ex-Offenders

Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans Rehabilitation Alcohol and Drug Dependency