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Deadline: May 1, 2015

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

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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