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Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants

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Short Title: AWARE-SEA
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Application due date extended to April 12, 2021.

Eligibility was expanded to include current Project AWARE-SEA recipients.

Funding amount and number of awards revised.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SM-21-006

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Application Due Date: Monday, April 12, 2021

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) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) - State Education Agency (SEA) grants (Short Title: AWARE-SEA). The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth, and with three local education agencies (LEAs) to (1) increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; (2) provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues; and (3) connect school-aged youth who may have behavioral health issues (including serious emotional disturbance [SED] or serious mental illness [SMI]), and their families, to needed services. SAMHSA expects that this program will focus on partnerships and collaboration between state and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence.


Eligibility is limited to:

  • The State Education Agency (SEA), as defined by Section 9101(41) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; or
  • Education Agencies/Authorities serving children and youth residing in federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

Current and former Project AWARE-SEA recipients are eligible to apply but must select three different LEAs to partner with. Applicants who do not select three different LEAs will be screened-out and not considered for funding.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $62,400,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 34 (at least 10 awards will be made to tribal education agencies/authorities pending sufficient application volume from these groups)

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1,800,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $1,800,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

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