FY 2003 Grant Opportunity
Grant Opportunities

Application Information:

Center For Mental Health Services,
Center For Substance Abuse Prevention, and
Center For Substance Abuse Treatment


Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants
Program Announcement: PA03-002

Federal Register Notice: November 12, 2002
Recurring Receipt Dates January 10 and September 10

First receipt date: Jan. 10, 2003
Next receipt date: Sept. 10, 2003
Each Jan. 10 and Sept. 10 thereafter

Please read both the Program Announcement and GFA Part II before contacting the Center's project officer.


SAMHSA announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 funds  for SAMHSA Conference Grants for the purpose of disseminating knowledge about practices within the mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields and integrating that knowledge into real-world practice as effectively and efficiently as possible.  

This notice is not a complete description of the activity. Before preparing and submitting an application, potential applicants must obtain copies of two documents:

1) The Program Announcement (PA), Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants (electronic copies available for downloading below), and

2) GFA Part II, General Policies and Procedures Applicable to All SAMHSA Applications for Discretionary Grants and Cooperative Agreements.

Who Can Apply?  

Public and domestic private nonprofit organizations, including State and local governments, professional associations, voluntary organizations, self-help groups, consumer and provider services-oriented constituency groups, community based organizations, and faith-based organizations.

About Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants:

Est. Funds for FY 2003: $825,000 ($500,000 from CSAT, $250,000 from CMHS and $75,000 from CSAP)

Est. No. of Awards: 20-30 

Project Period: 1 year

The actual amount available for the award may vary, depending on unanticipated program requirements and the number and quality of applications received. This program is being announced before the annual appropriation for FY 2003 for SAMHSA's programs. Applications are invited based on the assumption that sufficient funds will be appropriated for FY 2003 to permit funding of a reasonable number of applications being hereby solicited.

SAMHSA Centers will provide support for up to 75 percent of the total direct costs of planned meetings and conferences. Grant awards are expected to range from $25,000 to $50,000. Indirect costs are not allowed under this program. 

Period of Support: Support for only one conference from one Center (CMHS, CSAP or CSAT) may be requested in any application. Only one application per receipt date may be submitted. Support may be requested for up to one year from the date of the award.

Program Contact: 

For questions concerning mental health topics, contact: 

David Morrissette, DSW
Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA
5 600 Fishers Lane, Room 11C-22
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 443- 3653
E-Mail: dmorriss@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions regarding substance abuse treatment topics, contact: 

Kim Plavsic
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/SAMHSA
5515 Security Lane, Suite 840
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 443-7916
E-Mail: kplavsic@samhsa.hhs.gov
For questions concerning substance abuse prevention topics, contact:  Rosa I. Merello
Public Health Advisor
5515 Security Lane, Suite 800
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 443-7462
E-Mail: rmerello@samhsa.hhs.gov
For questions on grants management issues, contact: Steve Hudak
Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Room 13-103
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-9666
E-mail: shudak@samhsa.hhs.gov

SAMHSA applications consist of three parts:

1. The Program Announcement (PA), "Programmatic Guidance," [delete bold] provides details about the specific program.

Click below to download Part I of this PA in Microsoft Word.

Part I - "Plain Language" format

Part I Appendix C - "Plain Language" format

Click below to download Part I of this PA in Adobe Acrobat.

Part I - "Plain Language" format

Part I Appendix C - "Plain Language" format

2. ""GFA Part II, General Policies and Procedures" gives standard provisions for SAMHSA applications. The latest edition of "General Policies and Procedures" is always available by mail or for electronic downloading from this website.

Click here for more information about SAMHSA's "General Policies and Procedures," including downloadable files of the documents.

 3. SAMHSA applications require Forms PHS 5161 and SF-424.  These forms are available online from the Program Support Center of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

Click here to download Forms PHS 5161 and SF-424.


For further information on these forms and the application process, see Information on the Grant Application Process.


  Application kits may be obtained from: National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), PO Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847- 2345, Telephone: 1-800-729-6686.