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Short Title: Native Connections
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SM-18-017

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018

Application Due Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.243

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372):

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


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Use Prevention (CSAP), are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018  Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Short Title: Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years.

Native Connections is intended to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders, foster culturally responsive models that reduce and respond to the impact of trauma in AI/AN communities1, and allow AI/AN communities to facilitate collaboration among agencies to support youth as they transition into adulthood.

Native Connections grants are authorized under Sections 520A (290bb-32) and 516 (290bb-22) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.

This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

1 For the purpose of this FOA, community or communities refers to the tribe, village, tribal organization, or consortium of tribes or tribal organizations, and urban Indian community.


American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of tribes or tribal organizations, or Urban Indian Organizations.

[See Section III-1 for complete eligibility information.]

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $7,523,716

Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 30

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $250,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, recipient progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Recipient awards will consist of 40 percent CMHS funding (up to $100,000) and 60 percent CSAP funding (up to $150,000).  This allocation of funding should be reflected in your budget.  NOTE: Refer to Appendix K for an example of a braided funding budget. 

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