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SAMHSA now accepting applications for SPE grants

April 14, 2011
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for more than $27 million in grants over one year to strengthen and extend SAMHSA’s national implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), in order to bring the SPF to scale and support communities of high need nationwide.

The program calls upon Single State Agency Directors and Tribal leaders to assess their current prevention infrastructure, identify gaps and develop a long-term, data-driven plan to restructure, enhance, and further strengthen their State and Tribal systems to better meet the needs of their communities. Grantees must ensure that their SPE projects address and are closely aligned with the four goals listed in SAMHSA Initiative #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.

SAMHSA expects to provide approximately $27.1 million for one year for to up to 80 grantees for the SPE grant program. Each grantee could receive between $150,000 and $600,000 for one year. Actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Eligible applicants are States, Territories, the District of Columbia, and federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes or Tribal organizations. Applications must be submitted by the agency that receives the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant or by the highest ranking Tribal official in federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes or Tribal organizations.

The SPE grant is not open to community applicants, as it is designed for the sole purpose of strengthening and enhancing State- and Tribal-level prevention infrastructures and systems. Applications are due June 3, 2011.

For information on how to apply, visit

SAMHSA online or