Native Connections

Native Connections is a five-year grant program that helps American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth.

About the Native Connections Grant Program

The Native Connections grant program supports grantees in:

  • Reducing suicidal behavior and substance use among Native youth up to age 24
  • Easing the impacts of substance use, mental illness, and trauma in tribal communities
  • Supporting youth as they transition into adulthood

Native Connections serves 148 grantees: 20 in Cohort 1, 69 in Cohort 2, 13 in Cohort 3, and 46 in Cohort 4. Additional Native Connections grant opportunities will depend on the availability of funds. Any future opportunities will be posted on SAMHSA's Grant Announcements and Awards page.


Native Connections webinars guide grantees on how to assess community readiness, develop strategic action plans, and more. Access the webinars.

Publications and Resources

Review guides, tools, and other resources to support Native youth development efforts. Access publications and resources.

Training and Technical Assistance

Access the Training and Technical Assistance Section.

Last Updated: 03/13/2019