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SAMHSA Offers Manual for Competitive Grant Applications

Cover of Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications, Participants ManualSAMHSA recently released a publication, Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications: A Participant Manual, to provide guidance to prospective grant applicants.

"SAMHSA recognizes that grassroots operations often are in the best position to make healthy changes in their communities," said SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W. He added, "This manual is designed to help all potential applicants, including community- and faith-based organizations, develop comprehensive, competitive Federal grant applications."

The manual can be used as a self-directed reference tool or as a companion text to a workshop presentation. It is divided into six modules that describe the preparation process in comprehensible stages.

Module 1, "Know SAMHSA and Its Centers," provides an overview of SAMHSA's mission and organization. Module 2, "Preplan and Organize," helps applicants articulate their organization's mission statement, form partnerships, and review the available resources and relevant background literature on the topic.

Module 3, "Link Your Project to Funding Opportunities," introduces applicants to funding terminology, steps in the grant award process, and ways to request application kits. In Module 4, "Understand Grant Announcements," applicants learn about the components of the grant application kit, ways to analyze eligibility requirements, and the principles of what works best in preparing applications.

Module 5, "Write Your Grant Application," helps applicants develop the application components such as the project description, evaluation plan, budget, and abstract. It also describes the various approaches that applicants can use to design their project's goals, objectives, and tasks.

A final section, Module 6, "Study the Grant Review Process," gives applicants an understanding of what happens after they submit their applications. The module explains the review cycle and the screening, scoring, funding, and notification processes.

Worksheets, charts, resource lists, and references are also included in the manual to provide additional help to applicants. Changes in the Federal grant application process will be incorporated into the manual on an ongoing basis, so that applicants will have continuous access to the latest information.

To obtain a copy of the manual, conveniently printed on 3-hole-punch paper for storage in a loose-leaf binder, contact SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English and Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). Or contact SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015. Telephone: 1 (800) 789-2647 or 1 (866) 889-2647 (TTY). The manual is also available online at

SAMHSA seeks feedback from users about the manual's content. Please send your suggestions and comments via e-mail to End of Article

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