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Federal Funding Sources

The Department of Education offers competitive grants to develop and implement, or to expand school-based mandatory random or voluntary drug-testing programs for students in grades 6 through 12. Authorized by section 4121 (a) (1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the grants are supported through the Office of Safe and Drug Free School National Programs.

Funds awarded for school-based student drug-testing programs must be limited to:

  • students who participate in the school's athletic program
  • students who are engaged in competitive, extracurricular, school-sponsored activities
  • students who along with a parent or guardian have provided written consent to participate in a random drug-testing program

For the purposes of this grant, "drug" is defined to include controlled substances; the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs; and the harmful, abusive or addictive use of substances including inhalants and anabolic steroids.

In 2003, the first year of grants for school-based student drug-testing programs, the Department of Education awarded 8 three-year grants (74 schools) for implementing, enhancing, or evaluating school-based drug-testing programs. Since then, approximately $11 million in three-year grants has been awarded to over 400 schools for drug-testing programs. A total of 55 three-year grants (310 schools) were awarded in 2005 and 11 grants (52 schools) were awarded in 2006.

The FY 2008 Request for Applications (RFA) is available at Ed.gov . The closing date for applications is March 21, 2008.

View a listing of the Student Drug Testing grantees.