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Drug-Free Workplace Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Drug-Free Workplace Program


Federal Agency




Small Business Act, Section 21(c)(3)(T) and Section 27 (15 U.S.C. Sections 648(c)(3)(T) and 654) (Title IX of Public Law 105-277, Public Law 108-447).






This Program permits the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make grants to eligible intermediaries to assist small businesses financially and technically in establishing DFWP programs. That statute also amended the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. Section 631 et seq.) to require recipients of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) grants to provide information and assistance to small businesses with respect to establishing DFWP programs and authorized SBA to provide additional funding to SBDCs for that purpose.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds restricted to the use of assisting small businesses.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A current small business owner.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Small businesses, including those owned by low-income and handicapped individuals located in high unemployment areas.


Statement of, company financial statements, resumes and job descriptions, organizational chart, technical proposal, milestones and letters of intended partnerships/collaborative efforts.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Submission of proposal to the central Office of SBA through The standard application forms as furnished by the SBA must be used for this program. The eligible intermediary should coordinate with potential resources. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applications are filed by the eligible intermediary through

Award Procedure

Applicant receives an executed cooperative agreement.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range from 30 to 60 days.


Varies with individual proposals.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements run for a period of two years with one two-year option period.


Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly narrative and financial reports are required to be submitted to the SBA Central Office no later than 30 days following the end of the required time period. A final report is due 90 days after the end of the cooperative agreement year.




Adequate accounting system.


Financial Information

Account Identification



Administration: FY 07 $91,000; FY 08 $96,000; and FY 09 $108,000 Grants: FY 07 $758,000; FY 08 $990,000; and FY 09 $990,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $100,000 to $250,000.


Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007, the grantees assisted 453 small businesses in implementing full or partial drug free workplace programs. The grantees educated 2,731 small businesses on the benefits of a drug free workplace program. Additionally, the grantees financially assisted 1,506 small businesses and technically assisted 1,745 small businesses.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

DFWP Program Announcement, Small Business Act, Section 21(c)(3)(T) and Section 27 (15 U.S.C. Sections 648(c)(3)(T) and 654) (Title IX of Public Law 105-277, Public Law 108-447).


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

For addresses of the field offices, see Appendix IV of the Catalog under the Small Business Administration.

Headquarters Office

Associate Administrator, Office of Small Business Development Centers, 409 3rd, S.W., Washington, DC 20416. Telephone: (202) 205-6766; Fax: (202) 205-7727.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are as posted in the program announcement.


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