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COVID-19 Information for SAMHSA Discretionary Grant Recipients

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SAMHSA is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

These flexibilities are available during this emergency time period. Flexibility may be reassessed upon issuance of new guidance by the Office of Management and Budget post the emergency time period. The following information and resources are available to assist grant recipients during the COVID-19 emergency.


COVID-19 Re-Budgeting Request More Than 25% or $250,000

Grant recipients have the flexibility to re-budget (e.g. 25% or less of the current budget or $250,000, whichever is less) as long as the activities are allowable under the NOFO, within the scope of your grant application, and in line with the statutory requirement of the award. Grant recipients must keep documentation of all costs and SAMHSA may request this documentation during the grant period.

If the re-budgeting of funds is more than 25% of the current budget or $250,000 whichever is less you MUST submit a COVID-19 post award amendment through eRA Commons.

If your organization incurs costs related to the cancellation of events, travel, or other activities necessary and reasonable for the performance of the award due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may charge these costs to your award. If you have contracts with providers or other vendors, you must adhere to terms of the contract’s cancellation clause(s), as appropriate. Grant recipients should not assume additional funds will be available should the charging of cancellation or other fees result in a shortage of funds to eventually carry out the event or travel. Grant recipients are required to maintain appropriate records and cost documentation to substantiate the charging of any cancellation or other fees related to interruption of operations or services.

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Last Updated: 04/28/2022