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In Section II, additional tier added to table for funding requests.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

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.

NOFO Number: SM-21-014

Posted on Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Application Due Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 93.958

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), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Community Mental Health Centers (Short Title: CMHC) grant program. The purpose of this program is to enable community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and individuals with SMI or SED and substance use disorders, referred to as co-occurring disorder (COD). SAMHSA recognizes the needs of individuals with behavioral health conditions, including minority populations and economically disadvantaged communities, have not been met during the pandemic and that CMHC staff and other caregivers have been impacted.


Community Mental Health Centers, including state and local government-operated Community Mental Health Centers, as defined by Section 1913 (c) of the Public Health Services Act.

Applicants must provide documentation of certification or licensure as a CMHC from their state and/or accreditation from a nationally recognized accreditation organization in Attachment 1. Applicants who do not provide this documentation will be screened-out and not reviewed.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $825,000,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 165 to 825

Anticipated Award Amount: From $500,000 to $2,500,000 per year

Length of Project: Up to two years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed from $500,000 to $2,500,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

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