FY 2003 Grant Opportunity
Grant Opportunities

Application Information:

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Cooperative Agreements for National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Self-Help Technical Assistance Centers

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SM03-008

Receipt date: August 7, 2003

SAMHSA-CMHS is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2003 cooperative agreements to support five National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Self-Help Technical Assistance (TA) Centers.  The purpose of these technical assistance centers is to assist with the improvement of State and local level mental health service systems by providing consumers, as well as supporters, service providers, and the general public, with necessary skills to foster self-help/self-management approaches.  

About the Self-Help Technical Assistance Centers Program Cooperative Agreements:

Who can apply:  In accordance with Congressional authorization, applications may be submitted by public or private domestic, nonprofit entities, including faith-based organizations, which meet the criteria of consumer or consumer supporter organizations as defined in the full announcement.  Applicant organizations must have been in operation for a minimum of one year, and key personnel supporting the grant must have been employed by the organization for at least one year.  An applicant must complete the Certification of Consumer or Consumer Supporter Organization Eligibility (included in the full announcement), indicating that they meet all eligibility requirements.  If an application does not include the Certificate of Eligibility and required supporting documentation as part of Appendix 1 of the application, that application will be returned without review.

Est. Funds for FY 2003: $1,865,000

Est. No. of Awards:  There is $1,865,000 available for 5 awards in FY 2003: 3 national consumer self-help technical assistance centers and 2 national consumer-supporter self-help technical assistance centers.  An additional $122,000 will be competitively awarded to one of the 3 successful national consumer self-help technical assistance centers to facilitate the Alternatives Conference.  Awards may be requested for a period of 1 year.  Each applicant may apply for up to $373,000 for direct and indirect costs. Applications with proposed budgets that exceed $373,000 will be returned without review.

Project period: 1 year

Additional Information:

For questions on the Self-Help Technical Assistance Centers Program, contact:

Risa S. Fox, M.S.
Public Health Advisor
Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11C-22
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3653
E-mail: rfox@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.  However, not all RFAs require Part II.  The latest edition of Part II is always available by mail or for electronic downloading from this website. 

GFA Part II is required for this GFA; click here for more information and to download a copy of the 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.

4.  Locate your Single-State Mental Health Agency.


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 SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center: 

  • 800-789-2647

  • 800-443-9006 TTY

  • 301-984-8796 FAX


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