Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)

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Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
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Posted on Grants.gov: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Application Due Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
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 purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce substance abuse (SA) and transmission of HIV/AIDS among at-risk populations, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI), and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) young adult (ages 18-24) populations.  To meet the needs of these populations, CSAP expects MSIs to partner with one or more community-based organization(s) (CBO) to provide integrated substance abuse (SA), Hepatitis-C (HCV), and HIV prevention programs.  The objectives of this program support the four primary goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy which include: 1) reducing new HIV infections, 2) increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, 3) reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities, and 4) achieving a coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic.


SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to MSIs (i.e., HBCUs, HSIs, AANAPISIs and TCUs) because these programs have a unique ability to meet the needs of the population of focus of the program, i.e., at-risk populations, including minorities. MSIs have a documented and consistent concentration of minority adult populations between the ages of 18 and 24.  MSIs have the greatest likelihood of achieving success through the MSI CBO grant program because: 1) their student populations are comprised of young adults who are members of racial/ethnic minorities; 2) they have ready access to minority students to provide them with routine HIV/HCV screening, testing, and prevention education and information on substance abuse, HIV and HCV; and 3) they have an established infrastructure for addressing SA, HIV/AIDS and HCV prevention that can be sustained as part of the community fabric. Consistent with the intent of the MAI initiative, MSIs also have experience in working collaboratively with minority community-based organizations (MCBOs) in surrounding communities to achieve SA, HIV/AIDS and HCV prevention goals 

Award Information
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Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $300,000 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 3 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $300,000 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.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Wilma A. Pinnock
Lead Public Health Advisor
Community Grants and Program Development Branch
Division of Community Programs
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road - Room 4-1105
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-2421 or (240) 276-0147 (Help Desk)

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Eileen Bermudez
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road – Room 7-1091
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1412

Application Materials

You must respond to the requirements in both the RFA PART I and PART II when preparing your application.

Useful Information for Applicants

Last Updated: 03/26/2015