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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success
(Short Title: SPF-PFS)

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SP-13-004
Posting on March 29, 2013
Original Receipt date: May 17, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by May 17, 2013
Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372) Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements (SPF-PFS). The SPF-PFS is designed to address two of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.

The SPF-PFS is also intended to bring SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to a national scale. These awards provide an opportunity for recipients of the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) (referred to herein as "states") that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and are not currently receiving funding through SAMHSA's Partnerships for Success (PFS) grants (including the SPF-PFS II grant) to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state and community levels. Equally important, the SPF-PFS program promotes the alignment and leveraging of prevention resources and priorities at the federal, state, and community levels.

The SPF-PFS program builds upon the experience and established SPF-based prevention infrastructures of states to address two of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities in communities of high need. The program is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state level. By working together to foster change, states and their SPF-PFS funded communities of high need can more effectively begin to overcome the challenges underlying their substance abuse prevention priorities and achieve the goals of the SPF-PFS.

The SPF-PFS program supports SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative #1 (SSI #1): Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

SPF-PFS grants are authorized under Section 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligibility for the SPF-PFS is limited to recipients of the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and are currently not receiving funds through SAMHSA's Partnerships for Success (PFS) grants, including the SPF-PFS II grant. The 15 eligible States and 2 Pacific Jurisdictions are listed in Table 2, above, as follows: Tier IA--Nebraska, North Carolina, Utah; Tier IB–Guam, Palau; Tier II–Arkansas, Arizona, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia; Tier III–Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington.

Applications must be signed and submitted by the agency that receives the SABG (i.e., by the Director of the Single State Agency for Substance Abuse in the states and the District of Columbia; and by the equivalent official in the U.S. Territories).

SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to these entities because they have the greatest likelihood of achieving success through the SPF-PFS grant program. Only these entities have the requisite experience and background critical to the success of the SPF-PFS: 1) an established infrastructure and system in place, rooted in both the SABG and the SPF prevention model, that allows them to quickly build capacity in communities of need, mobilize those communities, and ensure accurate data collection and reporting at the community level; 2) integration of the SPF-based process into their overall prevention systems, ensuring a strong, data-driven focus on identifying, selecting and implementing effective, evidence-based prevention programs, policies and practices; 3) experience in working collaboratively with communities to achieve substance abuse prevention goals; 4) familiarity and experience with the alignment of behavioral health with primary prevention; and 5) a history of building comprehensive, state-level prevention systems over time. Current PFS grantees are excluded from applying for the SPF-PFS because they already have the resources in place to support the SPF infrastructure and address their areas of highest need, which can include underage drinking or prescription drug misuse and abuse.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $28.5 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 17
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2.26 million per year
Length of Project Period: 5 years

SAMHSA will award up to 17 5-year grants. Proposed annual budgets cannot exceed the tier ceiling of $2.26 million, respectively, in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award. Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution as reduced by sequestration and do not reflect the final FY 2013 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

Awards for the SPF-PFS program will be tiered and are based on a set of standard criteria that account for: a) prevalence rates of underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20 in eligible states/jurisdictions; b) prevalence rates of nonmedical use of pain relievers among persons aged 12 to 25 in eligible states/jurisdictions; and c) average costs of delivering alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services. [See Section III of the RFA]

Prevalence data are based on state level estimates from the 2009-2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Average costs of delivering services are equivalent to the Cost of Service Index used for the SABG. Where NSDUH data are not available, applicants are included in the Tier I funding range.

Table 2 of the RFA identifies the Award Tiers, the award amounts, and the states/jurisdictions eligible to apply for each tier.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Tonia F. Gray, MPH
Senior Public Health Advisor
West Team Lead
Division of State Programs
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 4-1047
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-2492 Phone
240-276-2560 Fax


Florence Dwek
Public Health Advisor
Division of State Programs
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 4-1042
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-2574 Phone
240-276-2560 Fax

For questions on grants management and budget issues contact:

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1412 Phone

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application





Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants.

Additional materials available on this website include:


Last updated: 03/29/2013