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Rural Mental Health – Funding & Opportunities

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Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program
Grants for projects designed to prevent suicidal behavior and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to the age of 24.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 10, 2019
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI)
Grants to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 16, 2019
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative - Category III Community Treatment and Services Centers (CTS)
Grants to increase access to treatment and services for all children and adolescents, and their families who have experienced traumatic events.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 23, 2019
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
Supports the operation, expansion, and integration of Systems of Care intended to increase the provision and availability of mental health services to children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2020
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Addressing Suicide Research Gaps: Understanding Mortality Outcomes (R01)
Research grants to link data from healthcare system records to mortality data to get an accurate understanding of the risk factors for, and the burden of, suicide among individuals seen in structured healthcare settings. Priority is given to studies of suicide risk and mortality in health disparity populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual/gender minorities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 10, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2020
Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Effectiveness of Implementing Sustainable Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Traditionally Underserved Populations (R01 and R34)
Grants for research to develop and test the effectiveness of strategies for implementation and sustainable delivery of evidence-based mental health treatments and services to improve mental health outcomes for underserved populations in under-resourced settings. Under-resourced settings and populations include members of minority groups, other individuals experiencing disparities in mental health outcomes, and people living in a geographic area with a shortage of healthcare services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 24, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 24, 2020
Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Livestream Training for Rural Health Physicians
A livestream course designed specifically for rural health physicians. Topics include chronic disease management, behavioral health, substance use disorders, and maternal health. CME credits are available.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 14, 2020
Sponsor: American Academy of Family Physicians
E-learning Program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
A 5-hour on demand e-learning program to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency. The program is accredited for contact hours for many behavioral health professionals.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Nevada Project ECHO Clinics
Training and indirect telehealth consultations for primary care providers to meet the specialty care needs of patients in rural and underserved areas. Providers in Nevada receive priority; however, there is capacity to assist providers nationally.
Geographic coverage: Offered to providers in Nevada and nationally.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives
Personalized Technical Assistance on Integration of Behavioral Health in Rural Communities
Technical assistance for rural healthcare providers working toward integrating behavioral health and primary care to enhance the healthcare experience for individuals living with behavioral and physical health conditions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: National Council for Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Zero Suicide Academy
A 2-day training for senior leaders of healthcare and behavioral healthcare organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Education Development Center, Inc., National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarships Inactive
Scholarships for students residing in rural areas who are currently enrolled in a master's level counseling program and are committed to practicing in rural communities after graduation.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2019
Sponsor: NBCC Foundation
Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Inactive
Funding for states, tribes, and local governments to plan, implement, or expand a criminal justice and mental health collaboration program. The program supports officer and public safety and violence reduction through social service and other partnerships that will enhance and increase law enforcement responses to people with mental illness and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
CHS Farmer Health and Well-Being Initiative Inactive
Grants for national and regional programs that are providing resources to support farmers and ranchers navigating the stresses and uncertainties of agricultural production in challenging weather and economic situations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 8, 2019
Sponsor: CHS Foundation and Community Giving
Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Inactive
Grants for state and local government agencies and tribes seeking to provide reentry services and programs for offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness returning from incarceration. The program's overall goal is to reduce recidivism and combat violence, thereby supporting public health and safety.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
American Indians Into Psychology Inactive
Grants to operate the Indians into Psychology Program, which will recruit and provide scholarships to individuals who will become clinical psychologists and provide service to American Indian/Alaskan Native populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 20, 2019
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Helping Hands Grant Program Inactive
Grants to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, particularly those focused on underserved populations; raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest among medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association
Graduate Psychology Education Program Inactive
Grants to support doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs, including opioid use and substance use, in high-need underserved and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Paraprofessionals Inactive
Grants to train behavioral health-related paraprofessionals, such as peer support specialists, to address the behavioral health needs, including opioid use and substance use, in high-need underserved and rural populations. A special emphasis is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Professionals Inactive
Grants to train behavioral health professionals to address the behavioral health needs, including opioid use and substance use, in high-need underserved and rural populations. A special emphasis is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Newman's Own Awards Inactive
Grants for organizations working to improve quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2019
Sponsor: Fisher House Foundation
Excellence in Rural Psychology Award Inactive
Award that recognizes exemplary psychology leadership in rural and remote areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 21, 2019
Sponsor: American Psychological Association
Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Program Inactive
Grants to develop a comprehensive, collaborative, and evidence-based approach to: (1) increase the number of youth-serving organizations who are able to identify and refer youth at risk of suicide; (2) increase the capacity of clinical service providers to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk of suicide; and (3) improve the continuity of care and follow-up of youth identified to be at risk for suicide, including those who have been discharged from emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 18, 2019
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program Inactive
Funding to promote behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care by supporting the development of new, or the improvement of existing, statewide or regional pediatric mental healthcare telehealth access programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 11, 2019
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program Inactive
Grants for current Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program award recipients in states with certified Critical Access Hospitals to work with providers and other partners to improve access to needed healthcare services and to improve the coordination of care for veterans living in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Nov 30, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program Inactive
Grants to provide developmentally appropriate and culturally competent services and supports to address serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness among youth and young adults, 16-25 years of age.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 21, 2018
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
CONNECTED: An Initiative for Adolescent Mental Health Inactive
Training, technical assistance, and access to funding for community-based organizations to reduce depression, anxiety, and suicide among youth from underserved populations, including culturally diverse, rural, and LGBTQ populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 14, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct 5, 2018
Sponsor: National Council for Behavioral Health
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants Inactive
Funding for the expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics to increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral health services, with an emphasis on services for individuals with serious mental illness or substance use disorders, including opioid disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance; and individuals with co-occurring disorders.
Geographic coverage: Available in 24 states.
Application Deadline: Jul 9, 2018
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis Inactive
Grants to identify and provide evidence-based interventions to prevent the onset of psychosis or lessen the severity of psychotic disorder in youth and young adults up to 25 years of age.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jun 11, 2018
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Health Awareness Training Grants Inactive
Grants to prepare and train school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, and community-based agency staff on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with serious mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jun 8, 2018
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness Inactive
Grants to support the development and/or expansion of an infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for individuals, youth, and families with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or co-occurring disorder who are experiencing homelessness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Mar 9, 2018
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Minority AIDS Initiative: Service Integration Inactive
Grants to integrate evidence-based, culturally competent mental and substance use disorder treatment with HIV primary care and prevention services. The population of focus is individuals with a serious mental illness or co-occurring disorder living with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis in at-risk populations, including racial and ethnic minority communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Mar 5, 2018
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Behavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance for State, Tribal, Territorial, and Local Health Officials Program Inactive
An 8-month training and technical assistance program for health officials who want to initiate or enhance behavioral health services within their districts.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Oct 23, 2017
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), National Council for Behavioral Health
Indian Health Service Zero Suicide Initiative Inactive
Grants to implement the Zero Suicide approach in Indian Country with the goal of improving the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 12, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I) Inactive
Grants to to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate behavioral health integration with primary care, community based settings, and/or integrate primary care, nutrition, diabetes care, and chronic disease management with behavioral health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 18, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health
Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems Inactive
Grants to implement the Zero Suicide Model, a comprehensive, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in health systems.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jul 18, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Inactive
Awards funding to colleges and universities to support pre-degree internships and field placements for students pursuing careers in certain behavioral health careers. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide information and education dissemination to rural and medically underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 12, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements Inactive
Offers funding for statewide and tribal youth suicide prevention and early invention strategies. Programs should work to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by increasing access, service use, and outcomes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 2, 2015
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Inactive
Funding to provide coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care services in community-based mental and behavioral health settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 27, 2015
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Inactive
Funding for becoming an NIMH Outreach Partner to conduct statewide, science-based mental health outreach and education efforts.
Geographic coverage: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming
Application Deadline: Sep 22, 2013
Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 12/4/2019