Disaster-related Funding Opportunities

This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on the disaster-related funding opportunities available to state, territory, tribal, and local governments, as well as some nonprofit organizations.

After a disaster occurs, state and local entities may need assistance in the recovery and rebuilding of their communities. The federal government, foundations, and some organizations have made grant funds available to help jurisdictions and organizations rebuild after disasters, and to support them in preparing for emergencies in the future.

The resources listed below can be used by disaster coordinators, emergency managers, and public health preparedness personnel to apply for grant funds to assist in rebuilding their communities after a disaster or emergency. Please note that many of the grant opportunities listed are subject to eligibility based on agency affiliation and disaster need.

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ASPR grants management - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS, ASPR)
This webpage offers information and resources for the grant process for ASPR-funded grants. It goes over the seven main parts of the process and provides additional information on posted funding opportunities, applying for a grant, the review process, and more.

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
The MHBG provides funds to grantees—states and U.S. territories—to provide comprehensive, community-based mental health services to adults with serious mental illnesses and to children with serious emotional disturbances and to monitor progress in implementing systems through which these services are provided. Although the program is noncompetitive, it runs on terms of 1 year, and eligible entities must apply annually. This webpage provides more information about the MHBG program, as well as resources for entities that want to apply.

Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP) - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
FEMA implements the CCP as a supplemental assistance program available to states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes after a Presidential disaster declaration that includes Individual Assistance. After the award of this grant, the state, territory, or tribe works with contracted provider agencies to hire and train crisis counselors to conduct outreach in the affected areas. Through an interagency agreement, SAMHSA works with FEMA to provide technical assistance, consultation, and training for state, territory, tribal, and local mental health personnel. SAMHSA also administers and oversees CCP grants. You can learn more about the CCP at the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center’s website at https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/ccp.

Current funding opportunities - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (DOJ, OJP)
This webpage provides information on open OJP funding opportunities. Each listed opportunity includes a link to the solicitation and to the grants system to use to apply. Also provided are links to training in grant writing and applying for grants.

Disaster Case Management - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This fact sheet describes FEMA's Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP), through which support is provided for disaster survivors in areas in which a Presidential disaster declaration has been made that includes Individual Assistance. As part of the application process, a team must assess damage in the affected area, and an application must be submitted within 60 days of the disaster declaration. The program provides assistance that lasts no more than 24 months from the disaster declaration. The fact sheet explains the basics of FEMA's Disaster Case Management (DCM) services, defining DCM and disaster-caused unmet needs and discussing how the DCMP allows states, U.S. territories, and tribes to provide DCM services following a major disaster.

Disaster relief and recovery - Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation provides grant funding to a variety of priorities, including disaster relief and recovery. Their work focuses on ensuring funds are available for long-term recovery and enhancement of resilience at the community level. Their website provides information about the grant programs they support and the funding they have available.

Disaster Relief Emergency Grants - Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
LSC works to provide funding for legal aid for low-income Americans and promote equal access to justice for all Americans. LSC's Emergency Relief Grants are available to current LSC grantees after a governmentally declared disaster to help repair damages and address the post-disaster surge in need for legal aid. LSC grantees are eligible to apply for these grants if they provide services in an area where a federal, state, tribal, or local government has declared an emergency or in an area affected by another major emergency.

Emergency and response funding - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)
This page provides information about funding opportunities for state and local public health systems. It is part of the CDC's effort to help public health departments nationwide improve their ability to respond to and prepare for emergencies. The page includes emergency response funding for crises and outbreaks such as Zika, Ebola, and H1N1.

Emergency preparedness and response - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported communities across the country in preparing for health emergencies, including natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks, and strengthening local capacity to respond to disasters. This webpage provides information on the projects that RWJF has supported and funded. To find specific funding opportunities visit their grants home page at https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-and-grant-programs.html.

Emergency response - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers funding "to reduce suffering and save lives in regions affected by natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies." They also invest in strengthening communities' ability to respond to and cope with future disasters and other emergencies. This webpage provides more information about the work that they do and their strategy for emergency response. Also on their website, they offer information about grant opportunities (https://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grant-Opportunities) and details of the grant-making process.

Grants - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
This section of SAMHSA's site contains information about the grant funds available through the three centers of SAMHSA—the Center for Mental Health Services, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. It also reviews the application, review, and management process, as well as providing many resources for grantees or entities looking to apply.

Grants - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
On this webpage, FEMA provides information and links related to the grant funding it provides to states, territories, tribes, and localities to support preparedness for natural and human-caused disasters. FEMA preparedness grants allow citizens and first responders to build state and local capacity to prepare for disasters and respond to them as effectively as possible. The page features links to news; policy, guidelines, and instructions; and additional information about specific grant programs.

Grants and funding - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (DOJ, OJP, OVC)
This webpage provides information on the current funding opportunities available from the OVC. Topics for grant funding opportunities include antiterrorism and emergency assistance programs and mass violence events.

Grants.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
This website, managed by the HHS and operated under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget, provides a comprehensive database of federally funded grant opportunities. The search can be narrowed down by topic, agency, eligibility, and more. The website also offers information on how to register for grants.gov, how to receive updates, how to apply, and other important information for anyone seeking funding.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This webpage offers information on FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMPG). Through the HMGP, FEMA provides funding to states, U.S territories, and federally recognized tribes, and those entities receive applications for funding from businesses, private nonprofits, and individuals (though individuals are sponsored by local governments and do not apply directly). The program supports hazard mitigation measures in communities across the United States. The program is a long-term initiative (up to 36 months) and does not provide immediate disaster relief. The webpage provides program information and requirements, roles, and benefits of the program.

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Last Updated: 04/26/2018