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FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information (RFA)

Application Information Center for Substance Abuse Prevention(CSAP)

Request for Applications (RFA)

Prevention of Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Subpopulations Cooperative Agreements

Short Title:  Minority SA/HIV Prevention Initiative

(Initial Announcement)


Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-08-001
Posting on January 28, 2008
Receipt date: April 1, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No
.: 93.243

Key Dates:

Application Deadline

Applications are due by April 1, 2008

Intergovernmental Review
(E.O. 12372)

Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates.  Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination

Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2008 for Prevention of Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Subpopulations (Short Title:  Minority SA/HIV Prevention Initiative) cooperative agreements.  The purpose of this program is to support an array of activities to assist grantees in building a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining quality and accessible state of the science substance abuse and HIV prevention services.  Specifically, the program aims to engage community-level domestic public and private non-profit entities to prevent and reduce the onset of SA and transmission of HIV/AIDS among at-risk racial/ethnic minority subpopulations that are described below.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the number of people infected with HIV in the United States ranges from 800,000 to 900,000.  The HIV/AIDS sub-epidemics not only vary by region and community but also by population, risk behavior, and geography.  Elimination of such disparities among certain racial and ethnic groups, particularly African American and Hispanic populations, remains a challenge.

Since the AIDS epidemic began, injection drug use (IDU) has accounted for more than one-third of AIDS cases in the United States.  Of the 43,517 new cases of AIDS reported in 2000, 25 percent were injection drug use (IDU)-associated1.  Racial/ethnic minorities in the U.S. are most heavily affected by IDU-associated AIDS.  In 2000, African American adults and adolescents accounted for 26 percent of IDU-associated AIDS cases and Hispanic adults and adolescents accounted for 31 percent, as compared to 19 percent of all IDU-associated AIDS cases among their white counterparts.  IDU-associated AIDS accounts for a larger proportion of cases among women than among men.  Fifty-seven (57) percent of all AIDS cases reported among women have been attributed to injection drug use or sex with partners who inject drugs as compared with 31 percent of cases among men.

Despite the decline in AIDS cases in certain populations and regions resulting from improved HIV treatment, 2003 data reported by CDC indicate that more people are living with HIV/AIDS than ever before2.  CDC estimates that about 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV or AIDS and about one quarter of these people are unaware of their infection, which puts them and others at risk.  Groups at highest risk since the beginning of the epidemic include men having sex with men (MSM) and IDUs.  Other groups who are also at high risk for HIV transmission include people of color, women (particularly Black and Latina/Hispanic women), and youth13.

SAMHSA, therefore, is particularly interested in eliciting the interest of providers who can offer quality services to the following at-risk racial/ethnic minority subpopulations residing in a geographic area(s) with high SA and HIV/AIDS prevalence.  Applicants are required to indicate one racial/ethnic minority subpopulation from the following list that they propose to target in their eligible catchment area:

1) reentry populations (i.e., racial/ethnic minorities who have been released from prisons and jails within the past 2 years);
2) men having sex with men (MSM);
3) Black, Latina or Hispanic women;
4) adolescents (age 12-17);
5) young adults (age 18-24); and
6) older adults, age 50 and over.   

While grantees will have substantial flexibility in designing their grant projects, all are required to base their projects on the five steps of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to build state of the science SA and HIV/AIDS prevention capacity for their targeted at-risk racial/ethnic minority population. 

Minority SA/HIV Prevention Initiative cooperative agreements are authorized under Section 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2010 focus area 26 (Substance Abuse).


Eligible applicants are community-level domestic public and private nonprofit entities.  For example, non-profit community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, colleges and universities, health care delivery organizations, local governments, tribal governments, tribal organizations and tribal urban Indian entities are eligible to apply.  Since the purpose of this RFA is to expand the capacity of community-level domestic public and private non-profit entities, State government agencies and national organizations are not eligible to apply.

Eligibility is limited to applicants from geographic areas with high AIDS case rates.   Eligible applicants must be located in and proposing to provide services in a State, MSA, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia with an annual AIDs case rate of 10 or greater per 100,000 population. 

  • See Appendix I of the RFA t for States and MSAs that meet the above criteria based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Only applicants serving geographic areas listed in Appendix I may apply.  Applicants must specify in Appendix 6 of their application the geographic area where services will be provided. 

  • The eligibility criteria above were based on the most recent AIDS data (2005) among racial/ethnic minority populations provided by CDC.  SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to applicants listed in Appendix I because, in the absence of consistent data reporting by all jurisdictions, the best indicator of the magnitude of the epidemic is AIDS case rates derived from the CDC HIV/AIDS surveillance reports.

Instructions for Current Grantees under SAMHSA’s RFA No. SP-05-001:
Current grantees under SAMHSA’s RFA # SP-05-001 (Substance Abuse (SA), HIV, & Hepatitis Prevention for Minority Reentry Populations in Communities of Color) may apply, but are required to:

  • serve one of the target subpopulations listed above in Section I-2.2, Data Supporting of Target Racial/Ethnic Minority Subpopulations.  You may serve the same target subpopulation (as long as it is one chosen from the list) that you are currently serving under RFA # SP-05-001 in a different catchment area or serve a different subpopulation (chosen from the list) in the same catchment area under RFA # SP-05-001. Your catchment area must be within an eligible geographic area listed in Appendix I of this RFA.
  • describe your target populations, demographics, and catchment areas currently being served under RFA # SP-05-001.  This information must be provided on the form provided in Appendix K of this RFA, and the completed form must be provided in Appendix 6 of your application.

Applications from grantees funded under RFA # SP-05-001 that are found out of compliance with these requirements will be screened out and returned without review.

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $17.89 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 46
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $400,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Claudia Richards, MSW, LICSW
Chief, Community Grants and Program Development Branch
Division of Community Programs
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration         
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 4-1115
Rockville, Maryland 20857
Helpline:  (240) 276-2409
Email inquiries to: 

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Edna Frazier
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Program Services, Division of Grants Management          
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 7-1087
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1405

Documents needed to complete a grant application:

Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Download the complete Announcement No. SP-08-001

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Download Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for SP-08-001

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You must respond to the requirements in the RFA in preparing your application.

PHS 5161-1 (revised July 2000): Includes the face page, budget forms and checklist. Applications that are not submitted on the required application form will be screened out and will not be reviewed.

Additional Materials

For further information on the forms and the application process, see Useful Information for Applicants

Additional materials available on this website include:

Last updated: 03/27/2009