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FY 2013 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBO) Short Title: MSI/CBO


Request for Applications (RFA) No.: SP-13-006
Posting on May 16, 2013
Original Receipt date: June 20, 2013

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by June 20, 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 Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) funding for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) (Short Title: MSI/CBO) grants. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce substance abuse (SA) and transmission of HIV/AIDS among African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) young adults (ages 18- 24) populations on campus. CSAP expects MSIs to partner with one or more community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide integrated SA and HIV prevention programs to African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) young adults (ages 18-24) in the surrounding communities.

Congress expressed its intent that MAI funds be used to serve racial and ethnic minority communities, as stated in FY 2002 appropriations report language: the MAI "was designed to focus special attention on solving a growing public health problem and to develop and improve the capacity of minority community-based organizations (MCBOs) to more effectively serve their communities." The focus on MCBOs is an intended acknowledgement of the cultural and geographic linkages such organizations often have to the populations of focus. The term "MCBOs" generally applies to organizations with a history of providing services in minority communities and whose boards of directors, management and/or other key staff are representative of the minority populations they serve."These funds are for activities that are designed to address the trends of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color based on the most recent estimated living AIDS cases, HIV infections and AIDS mortality among ethnic and racial minorities as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention".

MSI/CBO grants are authorized under Section 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People (HP) 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.The objectives of this program support the four primary goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy which includes: 1) reducing new HIV infections, 2) increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, 3) reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities and 4) achieving a coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic.


SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to MSIs (i.e., HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs) because the purpose of the MSI-CBO grant program is to prevent and reduce SA and HIV/AIDS among minority at-risk populations. Data have shown that young adults from minority populations represent the majority of new HIV infections. MSIs have a documented and consistent concentration of minority adult population between the ages of 18 and 24. MSIs have the greatest likelihood of achieving success through the MSI/CBO grant program because: 1) their student populations are comprised of young adults who are members of racial/ethnic minorities; 2) they have ready access to minority students to provide them with routine HIV screening, testing, and prevention education and information on substance abuse and HIV; 3) they have an established infrastructure for addressing SA and HIV/AIDS prevention that can be sustained as part of the community fabric; and 4) SAMHSA has shown success in using the MSI model to address substance abuse and HIV prevention at the community level. Consistent with the intent of the MAI initiative, MSIs also have experience in working collaboratively with minority community-based organizations (MCBOs) in surrounding communities to achieve SA and HIV/AIDS prevention goals.

To determine if your institutions meet the requirements of an MSI, please visit the appropriate website:

Definition and listing of HBCUs used by the White House Initiative on HBCUs from Department of Education website:

Definition and listing of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) from the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities: Exit Disclaimer for leaving the site

Definition and listing of TCUs from Department of Education website:

If an application is received from an entity that is not included on the above websites, the application will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

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

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grants
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $15.47 Million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 52
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $300,000 per year
Cost Sharing/Match Required? No
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $300,000 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 the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution, as reduced by sequestration.Applicants should be aware that final funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

These awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions about program issues contact:

Wilma A.Pinnock
Community Grants and Program Development Branch
Division of Community Programs
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road - Room 4-1105
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2421

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

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: 05/14/2013