FY 2003 Grant Opportunity
Grant Opportunities

Application Information:

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Targeted Capacity Expansion - Prevention and Early Intervention

Guidance for Applicants (GFA) No. SM 03-004

Federal Register Notice:  August 22, 2002

Receipt date:  October 22, 2002


SAMHSA/CMHS is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2003 cooperative agreements for developing prevention and intervention mental health services and programs at the community level for children, adolescents and their families. These cooperative agreements will be made a part of CMHS’ Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) program, Prevention and Early Intervention.

The purpose of the initiative is to increase the capacity of cities, counties, and tribal governments to provide prevention and early intervention treatment services to meet emerging and urgent mental health needs of communities. Projects funded through this program must target services to children and adolescents and their families. The program will help communities to build the service system infrastructure necessary to address serious local or regional mental health problems through prevention and early treatment interventions having a strong evidence base.

It is estimated that $1 million will be available to support 2-3 awards under this Guidance for Applicants in FY 2003.

Awards will range from $300,000 to $400,000 in total costs (direct plus indirect) per year. Ten percent of the total award is to be used to evaluate the program. Actual funding levels will depend upon the availability of funds.

Support may be requested for a period of up to 3 years (in three budget periods of 1 year each). Annual awards will be made subject to continued availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees.

Who Can Apply:

Eligibility to apply for Prevention/Early Intervention awards will be limited to cities, counties, and tribal governments and their agencies. Eligibility is restricted to local government because the purpose of the program is to add needed mental health services at the local level. The following are examples of units of local government who may apply:

  • Local Departments of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Public Health
  • Local Departments of Education
Additional Information

For questions on program issues, contact:

Gail F. Ritchie, M.S.W.
Special Programs Development Branch
Division of Program Development, Special Populations, and Projects
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17C-05
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-1752
E-Mail: gritchie@samhsa.hhs.gov

For questions on cooperative agreement management issues, contact:

Stephen Hudak
Division of Grants Management, OPS
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13-103
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 Guidance for Applicants (GFA)
provides details about the specific program. 

Click here to download Part I of this GFA in WordPerfect 6/7/8.

"Plain Language" format

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

"Plain Language" format

2. "GFA Part II" gives standard provisions for SAMHSA applications.  However, not all GFAs 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


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




For a printed copy of the grant announcement, including copies of all necessary forms, call National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI): 

  • 800-729-6686

  • 800-487-4889 TDD

or e-mail: info@health.org


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