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Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19

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Short Title: Emergency COVID-19
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*Note: SAMHSA has shortened the application timeline due to the acute need in many areas for immediate funding. If SAMHSA does not receive applications for the full funding amount available within this timeframe, the application period will be extended. Each entity will only receive one award from this announcement. Funds will be distributed on a rolling basis.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: FG-20-006

Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Application Due Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.665

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372):

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination:


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19 (Short Title: Emergency COVID-19). SAMHSA recognizes there are currently 57.8 million Americans living with mental and/or substance use disorders (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018). The current national crisis of COVID-19 will certainly contribute to growth in these numbers. Americans across the country will struggle with increases in depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. There is also anticipated increase in substance misuse as lives are impacted for individuals and families. The purpose of this program is to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will be provided for states, territories, and tribes to develop comprehensive systems to address these needs. The purpose of this program is specifically to address the needs of individuals with serious mental illness, individuals with substance use disorders, and/or individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Additionally, the program will also focus on meeting the needs of individuals with mental disorders that are less severe than serious mental illness, including those in the healthcare profession.


  • State governments, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

See Section III-1 for full eligibility requirements.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $110,000,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 60

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $2 million per State/Up to $500,000 per Territories and Tribes

Length of Project: 16 months

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $2 million for states and $500,000 for territories and tribes in total costs (direct and indirect) for the proposed project.

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