FY 2003 Grant Opportunity
Grant Opportunities

Application Information:

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Community Collaborations to Prevent Youth Violence and Promote Youth Development

Requests for Applicants (RFA) No. SM03-005

Federal Register Notice: November 26, 2002

Receipt date: January 22, 2003

SAMHSA's Youth Violence Prevention Grants program supports 2-year grants for collaborations of community organizations and constituencies to foster the prevention of youth violence, substance abuse, delinquency, suicide, or other mental health and behavior problems through a public health approach.

All grants under this program are expected to engage in the following activities:

  • Building community-wide understanding of the nature, extent, and effects of violence and other negative behaviors among youth in the community;

  • Mobilizing the community to address youth victimization and/or violence, and related problems;

  • Implementing and evaluating effective intervention services that address youth problems in the community or that enhance personal and interpersonal strengths, prosocial development, and positive mental health in youth; and

  • Being responsive to diversity both in the target population and the broader community in the areas of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, legal status, languages spoken, family composition, and socioeconomic status in all phases of collaborative activity, service implementation and provision, and evaluation.

Who Can Apply?

Domestic public and private nonprofit organizations may apply.

Examples of eligible applicants include:

  • Public or private mental health systems, institutions, and agencies;

  • State or local departments of juvenile/criminal justice; mental health courts; juvenile/criminal court systems; district attorney’s offices; or public defender’s offices;

  • Public or private educational systems, institutions, and agencies;

  • Tribal governments and tribal organizations;

  • Community-based and faith-based organizations, such as community-based advocacy, health, substance abuse, mental health, social service, consumer and family organizations; and service organizations serving ethnic, cultural, or social minority groups; or

  • Other public agencies or nonprofit organizations that can perform the requirements of this program.

About Youth Violence Prevention Grants

Est. Funds for FY 2003: $4 million 

Est. No. of Awards: About 8 grants each in the following 3 categories:

  • Group I:  Organizations proposing youth violence prevention projects targeting geographically or socially defined youth populations;

  • Group II: Organizations addressing violence towards, or by, females; and

  • Group III: Organizations providing Mental health services for youth involved in the justice system.  

Project Period: 2 years

Additional Information:

For questions on substantive issues regarding the program, eligibility, and funding of reviewed applications, contact:

  • Pat Shea, M.S.W., M.A.
  • Special Programs Development Branch
  • Center for Mental Health Services
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Room 17C-26 Parklawn
  • 5600 Fishers Lane
  • Rockville, MD  20857
  • (301) 443-3655
  • e-mail:  pshea@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. "Part I: Programmatic Guidance" of the Request for Applications (RFA) provides details about the specific program. 

    Click here to download Part I of this RFA in Microsoft Word.

    "Plain Language" format

    Click here to download Part I of this RFA in Adobe Acrobat

    "Plain Language" format

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

    Click here for more information and to download a copy of the GFA Part II file.

     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.


    For a complete application kit, including Parts I and II, call CMHS' national clearinghouse, SAMHSA’s Mental Health Information Center, at:

    • 800-789-2647

    • 800-443-9006 TTY

    • 301-984-8796 FAX

    This is an automated system that requires you to identify the RFA number (SM-03-005) and leave your name and mailing address.