FY 2004 Grant Opportunity

 Back to Grants Home Page

Downloadable files


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Application Information:

Program Announcement (PA)


PA 05-001:


Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants
Program Announcement
Short Title: SAMHSA Conference Grants


Word Document

Acrobat Document

Program Announcement: PA 05-001 (reissuance of PA 03-002)

Federal Register Notice: April 1, 2004

First Receipt date:  September 10, 2004, for funding award in Fiscal Year 2005

    Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243

Scroll down for more links

Key Dates:


Application Deadline

Applications are due on the recurring dates of January 10 and September 10 each year.

Intergovernmental Review

(E.O. 12372)

Letters from State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) are accepting applications for SAMHSA Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants (also referred to as SAMHSA Conference Grants). The purpose of the Conference Grant program is to disseminate knowledge about practices within the mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields and to integrate that knowledge into real-world practice as effectively and efficiently as possible. SAMHSA’s conference grants are authorized by Sections 520A, 516, and 509 of the PHS Act.

SAMHSA Centers (CMHS, CSAP, and CSAT) will provide support for up to 75 percent of the total direct costs of planned meetings and conferences. Grant awards range from $25,000 to a maximum of $50,000 for a 12-month project period.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example, State, local or tribal governments; public or private universities and colleges; professional associations, voluntary organizations, self-help groups, consumer and provider services-oriented constituency groups; community- and faith-based organizations; and tribal organizations may apply. Individuals are not eligible to receive grant support for a conference. The statutory authority for this program precludes grants to for-profit organizations.

Support for only one conference from one SAMHSA Center (CMHS, CSAP, CSAT) may be requested in any single application. Only one application per receipt date may be submitted.

Cost sharing is required. 

Additional Information

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, SAMHSA’s three Centers expect to make a total of $1,025,000 available for 22-41 conference grants. SAMHSA/CMHS expects to make available $450,000 for 9-18 awards, with $200,000 reserved to support conferences related to the prevention of mental and behavioral disorders. SAMHSA/CSAP expects to make available $75,000 for up to 3 awards. SAMHSA/CSAT expects to make available $500,000 for 10-20 awards. Each of the three Centers will make available a minimum of $75,000 in FY 2006 and beyond, assuming funding is available.

All awards will be for a maximum project period of 12 months.

SAMHSA Centers (CMHS, CSAP, and CSAT) will provide support for up to 75 percent of the total direct costs of planned conferences. The maximum grant award is $50,000. Indirect costs are not allowed under this program. It is expected that 20-30 awards will be made each year under this announcement. Actual awards will depend on the availability of funds.


Agency contacts:

For questions on mental health topics, contact:

David Morrissette, DSW
Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1010
Rockville, MD 20857
E-mail: david.morrissette@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on substance abuse treatment topics, contact:

Kim Plavsic
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 5-1120
Rockville, MD 20857
E-mail: kim.plavsic@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on substance abuse prevention topics, contact:

David L. Wilson
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 4-1042
Rockville, MD 20857
E-mail: david.wilson@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Kathleen Sample
Office of Program Services
Grants Management Branch/SAMHSA
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1089
Rockville, MD 20857
E-mail: kathleen.sample@samhsa.hhs.gov

The following documents are needed to complete an application for Program Announcement PA 05-001 (SAMHSA Conference Grants):   

Download Annoucement

  1.  The complete Program Announcement PA 05-001:

Link to form

  2.  Other forms you will need:
  • PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms, assurances, certification,  and checklist.

  •  SF 424

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Other links

3.  Links you will need: 


4.  Additional materials available on this web site include:

  • A technical assistance manual for potential applicants: Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications

  • Standard terms and conditions for SAMHSA grants;

  • Guidelines and policies that relate to SAMHSA grants (e.g., guidelines on cultural competence, consumer and family participation, and evaluation); and

  • Enhanced instructions for completing the PHS 5161-1 application.

More contacts

You may request a complete application kit by calling one of SAMHSA’s national clearinghouses:

  • For substance abuse prevention or treatment grants, call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686.

  • For mental health grants, call the National Mental Health Information Center at 1-800-789-CMHS (2647).