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FY 2011 Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Minority Fellowship Program (Short Title: MFP)

Initial Announcement

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM-11-005
Posting on March 16, 2011
Original Receipt date: April 26, 2011
Announcement Type: Initial

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline Applications are due by April 26, 2011
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, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2011 for Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grants. The purpose of this three-year grant program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations in the public and private non-profit sectors. 

The mental health and substance abuse needs of racial and ethnic minority communities within the United States have been historically underserved by trained practitioners sensitive to the cultural issues or equipped with the language skills that impact effective services delivery. In 1974, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the MFP to enhance services to minority communities through specialized training of mental health professionals in psychiatry, nursing, social work, and psychology.  In 1992, SAMHSA was established, and the MFP was transferred from NIMH to CMHS in SAMHSA. Eligibility for this grant was expanded by Congress in FY 2007 to include a fifth professional association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

SAMHSA has demonstrated that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation’s health. To continue to improve the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services, SAMHSA has identified eight Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency’s work on people and emerging opportunities. More information is available at  the SAMHSA website:

The MFP closely aligns with the Affordable Care Act and SAMHSA’s Eight Strategic Initiatives by addressing the current and projected behavioral health workforce shortages and the need to train providers on recovery-based practices. Applications responsive to this Request for Application must support or expand capacity to address the following Strategic Initiative: 
Health Reform

Broaden health coverage to increase access to appropriate high quality care, and to reduce disparities that currently exist between the availability of services for substance abuse, mental disorders, and other medical conditions. Minority Fellowship Program grants are authorized under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.  This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic area HP2020-28 and Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-40.


Congress has limited eligibility to the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Psychiatric Association (ApA), American Psychological Association (APA), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) because these professional organizations have unique access to students entering their respective professions. 

All five professional organizations, the ANA, ApA, APA,CSWE, and AAMFT along with their affiliates, have direct involvement in curriculum development, school accreditation, and pre-/post-doctoral training. These organizations have experience in working directly with university training programs from which the pools of participants are selected.  These are the only organizations that have the infrastructure and expertise in place to administer this program.  They already have mechanisms and databases in place to identify students serving underserved populations. 

Award Information

Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $4.073 million
Anticipated Number of Awards: 5
Anticipated Award Amount: From $300,000 to $900,000 per year
Length of Project Period: Up to 3 years

The five awards may range from $300,000 to $900,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for the three year project period.  Funding determinations will be made based on the results of an independent peer grant review process, perceived program needs, and the availability of funds.  Applicants may apply for a grant award based upon funding amounts in prior years (for previously funded applicants) or funds necessary for new recruitment, selection, monitoring and fellowships. 

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $900,000 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.

Available funding for this program is subject to the enactment of a final budget for FY 2011 or an annualized Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2011.  Funding estimates for this announcement are based on potential funding scenarios that reflect an annualized CR at the FY 2010 funding level but do not reflect final conference action on the 2011 budget.  Applicants should be aware that SAMHSA cannot guarantee that sufficient funds will be appropriated to fully fund this program.

These awards will be made as grants.

Contact Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

LT Monique Richards, MSW
Public Health Advisor
SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Road Room 2-1116
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-276-0766

For questions on grants management issues, contact:

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 7-1085
Rockville, Maryland 20857
(240) 276-1408

Documents Needed to Complete a Grant Application



2. GRANT Application Package


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: 03/15/2011