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Short Title: CoE-BD Disparities
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: FG-20-008

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2020

Application Due Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Centers of Excellence (CoE) for Behavioral Health Disparities (Short Title: CoE-BH Disparities). The purpose of this program is to establish three Centers of Excellence to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for healthcare practitioners on issues related to addressing behavioral health disparities. It is expected that the recipients will implement training and technical assistance for practitioners to address the disparities in behavioral healthcare in three key populations: African Americans, LGBTQ, and the aging population. SAMHSA will fund three Centers, each of which will focus on one of these populations.

*SAMHSA has shortened the application timeline due to the need to award the grants by the end of the fiscal year.

In addition, applicants are required to ensure their application is error-free by the due date and time. Applications will be returned to address errors but all applications must be error-free and submitted by the deadline to be considered. Please closely review Appendix A, especially 5.1 and 5.2, for more information.


Domestic public and private non-profit entities.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $2,100,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 3

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $700,000 per year

Length of Project: 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $700,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for the proposed project.

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