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Short Title: SPF-PFS
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

NOFO Number: SP-18-008

Posted on Monday, May 07, 2018

Application Due Date: Friday, July 06, 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), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success grants.  The purpose of this grant program is to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities; underage drinking among persons aged 9 to 20.  At their discretion, states/tribes may also use grant funds to target up to two additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priorities, such as the use of marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamine, etc. by individuals ages 9 and above.  SPF-PFS is designed to ensure that prevention strategies and messages reach the populations most impacted by substance abuse. The program extends current established cross-agency and community-level partnerships by connecting substance abuse prevention programming to departments of social services and their community service providers. This includes working with populations disproportionately impacted by the consequences of substance use; i.e., children entering the foster care system, transitional youth, and individuals that support persons with substance abuse issues (women, families, parents, caregivers, and young adults).

The SPF-PFS grant program is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal, and community levels. 

These awards provide an opportunity for federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, or consortia of tribes or tribal organizations as well as states to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state/tribal and community levels. The SPF-PFS grant program builds upon the experience and established SPF-based prevention infrastructure of states/tribes to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities; underage drinking among persons aged 9 to 20 in communities of high need.  (See Section I-2 for SAMHSA’s requirements for selecting communities of high need.)  The grant program is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state/tribal level.  By working collaboratively, states/tribes and their SPF-PFS funded communities of high need can more effectively begin to overcome the challenges underlying their substance abuse prevention priorities and achieve the goals of the SPF-PFS grant program. 

Additionally, the SPF-PFS grant program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and other populations by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the populations served.  (See Appendix G – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success grants are authorized under Section 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.


Eligibility is limited to 1) federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, or consortia of tribes or tribal organizations and 2) states/territories that are not currently receiving funds through SAMHSA’s SPF-PFS grant. SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to these entities because they have the requisite experience and background critical to the success of the SPF-PFS program: 1) an established state/territorial/tribal infrastructure and system in place—rooted in both the SABG and the SPF prevention model—that allows them to quickly build capacity in communities of need, mobilize those communities, and ensure accurate data collection and reporting at the community level; 2) integration of the SPF-based process into their overall state and tribal prevention systems, ensuring a strong, data-driven focus on identifying, selecting, and implementing effective, evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices; 3) experience in working collaboratively with communities to achieve substance abuse prevention goals; 4) familiarity and experience with the alignment of behavioral health with primary prevention; and 5) a history of building comprehensive, state- and tribal-level prevention systems over time. Current SPF-PFS and SPF-SIG recipients (with the exception of eligible SPF-PFS and SPF-SIG recipients that are in a No Cost Extension) are excluded from applying for the SPF-PFS grant because they already have the resources in place to support the SPF infrastructure and address their areas of highest need. All eligible SPF-PFS recipients that are in a No Cost Extension may still apply for this grant.  See Section II, Table 2 for eligible applicants and their award amounts.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $46,000,000

Anticipated Number of Awards: 34 (at least five awards will be made to tribes/tribal organizations)

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $500,000 - $2,260,000

Length of Project: Up to 5 years

Cost Sharing/Match Required?: No

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $500,000 – $2,260,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Funding estimates for this announcement are based on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018.  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.

[See Section II for award tiers, the award amounts, and the states and tribal entities eligible to apply for each tier.]

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