SAMHSA Offers Manual for Competitive Grant Applications
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
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,
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 www.samhsa.gov/grants.
SAMHSA seeks feedback from users about the manual's content. Please
send your suggestions and comments via e-mail to TAManual@samhsa.hhs.gov.
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