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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community (NITT-AWARE-C) grants. The purpose of this program is to support the training of teachers and a broad array of actors who interact with youth through their programs at the community level, including parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and other adults, in Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid. Implementation of the NITT-AWARE-C program is expected to increase the mental health literacy among youth-serving adults, policy-makers, and administrators of programs serving youth.

The NITT-AWARE-C program is expanding the Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid training to achieve a wider community impact by training a more diverse group of adults who, in turn, will reach a broader spectrum of adolescents or transition-aged youth within the communities. By training an increased number of adults, a community can move toward wide-scale knowledge of behavioral health issues that affect youth and become more effective in addressing behavioral health issues affecting adolescents or transition-aged youth. The implementation of Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid is most impactful when the training is integrated with a coordinated community-wide plan, which addresses strategic and system-wide change that will improve youth outcomes. Under this solicitation, adolescents are youth ages 12-18 and transition-aged youth are ages 16-24.

Amount: A total of $8,611,756 is available for up to 70 grants of $125,000 each, per year for up to 3 years.

Eligibility: Domestic public and private nonprofit entities; for example: state and local governments; Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations; urban Indian organizations; public or private universities and colleges; and nonprofit community and faith-based organizations.

Local education agencies who have received grant funding under either Project AWARE-LEA or Project AWARE-SEA are not eligible to apply for NITT-AWARE-C funding. State educational agencies who have received funding under Project AWARE-SEA are also not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-15-012

Note: There will be a webinar held on March 19, 2015 at 10:00 am MST. See the link to register.

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