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Mental Health Awareness Training Grants

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.243
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 5, 2021

For programmatic or technical questions:
CAPT Maryann Robinson

For grants management or budget questions:
Corey Sullivan


The purpose of the Mental Health Awareness Training Grant program is to:

  • Train individuals, such as school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members, and their families to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED)
  • Establish linkages with school and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services
  • Train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques
  • Educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder

Additional expectations and required activities are listed in the application instructions.

SAMHSA intends to make an equitable distribution of awards in terms of geography (including urban, rural, and remote settings) and balance among populations of focus and program size.


Eligible applicants include:

  • State governments and territories
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city, town, local education agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical units
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations
  • Community and faith-based organizations, including those that serve veterans, armed services personnel, and their families
  • Public and private universities and colleges
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $125,000 per year
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 134
Estimated total program funding: $16,778,013

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Children and youth · Community and faith-based initiatives · Criminal justice system · Families · Health workforce education and training · Mental health · Schools · Veterans

Organizations (2)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, view details
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, view details

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