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SAMHSA Bulletin

Date: 5/11/2012 1:30 PM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA is accepting applications for a Minority Fellowship Program grant offering up to $825,000 in funding

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for a Minority Fellowship Program grant offering up to $825,000 in total funding over the course of two years. This grant aims at reducing health disparities and improving health care outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent mental health counselors available to serve these populations through either public or private not-profit settings.

SAMHSA expects that one selected grantee will receive up to $825,000 over the course of two years – however the actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY: In order to meet this directive, eligibility is restricted to national organizations serving mental health professional counselors that are dedicated to the growth, advancement and enhancement of the counseling profession, including promoting the professional competence of professional counselors. Applicant organizations must--either solely or in partnership with its affiliates--have direct involvement in curriculum development, school accreditation, and pre-/post-doctoral training, and must have demonstrated mechanisms and databases in place for identifying candidate students for Minority Fellowship awards. Organizations that meet these criteria are uniquely qualified to administer the Minority Fellowship program. 

All applicant organizations must complete the Certificate of Eligibility (see Appendix J) indicating that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements and have provided the necessary information as specified in the Certificate of Eligibility. [See SectionIII-1 of this RFA for complete eligibility information].

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

HOW TO APPLY : Applications for RFA No. SM-12-010 are available by calling SAMHSA’s Information Line at 1-877-SAMHSA7 (726 -4727) [TDD: 1-800-487-4889] or by downloading the application at

Applicants are encouraged to apply online using

APPLICATION DUE DATE : May 25, 2012. Applications must be received by the due date and on time to be considered for review. Please carefully review Section IV-3 of the application announcement for submission requirements.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Applicants with questions about program issues should contact LCDR Monique Richards, MSW at (240)-276-0766 or . For questions on grants management issues contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240)-276-1408 or .

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Last updated: 5/11/2012 1:32 PM

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