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What you need to apply What you need to apply for SAMHSA Grant funds
How to apply How to apply for SAMHSA Grant funds
Further contacts Further contacts for SAMHSA's Grant Applications

What you need to apply for SAMHSA Grant funds:

SAMHSA Applications Consist of Three Parts

1. "Part I-Programmatic Guidance" of the Guidance for Applicants (GFA) gives information about specific funding programs.  Part I details the material necessary to include in a responsive application for an individual grant announcement.  The SAMHSA Website provides brief descriptions of the Grant Funding Announcements and links to copies of the full GFA in downloadable Wordperfect© 6/7/8 and Adobe© Acrobat© formats.

2. "GFA Part II" gives policies and procedures that affect program participants and require additional information in the application. Not all program announcements require GFA Part II; individual Part I announcements will indicate if Part II is required.  The latest edition of Part II is always available by mail or electronic downloading from this website.

3. SAMHSA applications require forms PHS 5161 and SF-424.  These forms are available online from the Program Support Center of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

How to apply for SAMHSA Grant funds:


Grant Funding Procedure


All of SAMHSA's Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) are officially published in the Federal Register. The date of publication usually signifies the beginning of the time period when applications will be accepted.

  Immediately following this publication, SAMHSA posts a notice listing the title, grant number, brief description, and receipt date on the agency website under Currently Available Grant Opportunities, FY 2001.  Applicants should review guidance materials immediately, because some responses may take time to complete.  
  Each GFA Part I specifies a contact point in the agency to allow applicants to ask technical questions about the program.  Occasionally, program staff members will supply additional reference materials that will help applicants frame their responses to program issues.
  Receipt deadline is given in Part I.  The application package should be mailed before the receipt date to the address specified in Part I.   At this time SAMHSA does not have the facilities necessary to offer an online application process.

Each GFA Part I specifies contact points in the agency to allow applicants to ask procedural questions about the application process.

For Potential Applicants: Some Information You May Need

List of Directors of Single-State Agencies

Find out more by visiting the websites of the 
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
and the
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

HHS Form 690, Assurance of Compliance

OMB Single Point of Contact (SPOC) List

Rates Agreements for Offices Negotiating Indirect Cost Rates:

Further contacts for SAMHSA's Grant Applications:

For a printed copy of substance abuse prevention or treatment GFAs, including copies of all necessary forms, call National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI): 

  • 800-729-6686

  • 800-487-4889 TDD

or e-mail:

For a complete application kit for mental health GFAs, including Parts I and II, Call the CMHS Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN):

  • 800-789-2647

  • 800-443-9006 TTY

  • 301-984-8796 FAX


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This page was last updated on 13 February, 2002
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