Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program

Short Title: 
Native Connections
Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
Posted on 
Monday, April 23, 2018
Application Due Date: 
Friday, June 22, 2018
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 

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: 
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
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?: 

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. 

Contact Information
Program Issues

Dr. Michelle Carnes
Suicide Prevention Branch
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs
Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 04/23/2018