During the grants re-engineering process in
2003, all of SAMHSA's discretionary grant programs were reviewed
and most were placed in one of the following four broad categories
- Services Grants address gaps in services
and/or increase the applicant's ability to meet the unmet
needs of specific populations and/or specific geographical
areas with serious, emerging problems. Up to 20 percent
of grant funds may be used to monitor services and costs,
and up to 15 percent of grant funds may be used to develop
infrastructure for service delivery. Planned services should
be evidenced-based, and should begin within 4 months of
the grant award.
- Infrastructure Grants increase the capacity
of the mental health and/or substance abuse service systems
through needs assessments, the coordination of funding streams,
and/or the development of provider networks, workforces,
data infrastructure, etc. Up to 15 percent of grant funds
may be used to conduct implementation pilots to assess the
effectiveness of these changes on service delivery.
- Best Practices Planning and Implementation Grants
help grantees identify substance abuse treatment and prevention
and mental health practices that could effectively meet
local needs, develop plans for implementation of these practices,
and pilot-test practices prior to full-scale implementation.
Planning and consensus building activities will be supported
for up to 18 months, and up to 3 years of pilot testing
and evaluation may be supported.
- Service-to-Science Grants support and
evaluate innovative practices that are already in place.
Funds may be used to stabilize and document the practice
prior to a full evaluation.
A few funding opportunities will continue to be announced
as stand-alone Requests for Applications. All current funding
opportunities are announced in the Federal Register,
the Federal grants Web
site at www.grants.gov,
and the SAMHSA
Web site at www.samhsa.gov/grants.