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Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I)
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 16, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health
Indian Health Service Zero Suicide Initiative
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
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): Oct 2, 2017
Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2017
Sponsors: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Community Facility Loans
Loans to help develop and improve essential community facilities in the rural West.
Geographic coverage: Available in 13 western states. See program website for details.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Zero Suicide Academy
A 2-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral healthcare organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative Inactive
Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017
Sponsors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
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
Helping Hands Grant Program Inactive
Grants to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, particularly those focused on underserved populations; raises awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and builds an interest among medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association
Newman's Own Award Inactive
Offers grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life for military members and their families, including job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 2, 2017
Sponsor: Fisher House Foundation
Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) Inactive
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: Apr 25, 2017
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections) Inactive
Awards funding for pilot projects designed to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 9, 2017
Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements Inactive
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.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Circles of Care VII: Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth, and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities Inactive
Funding to provide tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health and wellness for children, youth, and families.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Inactive
Grants to support a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education, including community colleges. The distribution of awards will be equitable in terms of geography (urban, rural, and remote settings), and balanced among populations of focus and program size.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 7, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship Inactive
Offers scholarships to master's level counseling students who have experience with military communities and commit to serving military personnel for at least 2 years after graduation.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2016
Sponsor: NBCC Foundation
NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarships Inactive
Offers scholarships to 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: Oct 31, 2016
Sponsor: NBCC Foundation
National Indian Health Outreach and Education II (NIHOE II) Inactive
Funding for a national Indian organization to provide outreach and education for the Behavioral Health programs, including the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP) and Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) programs; and the HIV/AIDS programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2016
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Typical or Troubled? (Tipico o Problematico?) School Mental Health Education Grants Inactive
Provides funding to high schools and middle schools to implement the Typical or Troubled? school mental health educational program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2016
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Foundation
Youth With Sexual Behavior Problems Program Inactive
Grants to develop and pilot a comprehensive, community-based intervention model that will provide intervention and supervision services for youth with sexual behavior problems, and treatment services for their child victims and families.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2016
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program Inactive
Provides funding to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grantees to increase access to mental health services for veterans who live in rural areas via the use of networks, electronic communication, and telehealth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 8, 2016
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative- Category III Community Treatment and Services Centers (CTS) Inactive
Grants to improve treatment and services for all children and adolescents in the United States who have experienced traumatic events.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Inactive
Awards funding to health professions schools to increase diversity in the health professions workforce by providing scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Priority is given to institutions that seek to place graduates in medically underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) Inactive
Offers grants to support doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs, including substance abuse and behavioral health services, of underserved and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 5, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Grants to Expand Care Coordination Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) through the Use of Technology Assisted Care (TAC) in Targeted Areas of Need (TCE-TAC) Inactive
Grants for the use of technology, including web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps), to expand and/or enhance the ability of providers to care for patients in treatment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 4, 2016
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Research on Children in Military Families: The Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration on Child and Family Functioning Inactive
Funds to encourage conferences and meetings to examine questions relating to the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress, and military reintegration.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 8, 2015
Sponsors: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of Research on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations Inactive
Awards funding to minority-serving institutions to partner with community-based organizations to provide substance abuse, HIV, and hepatitis-C prevention programs for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young adult populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 26, 2015
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Now is the Time Project AWARE - Community Grants Inactive
Supports the implementation of the NITT-AWARE-C program, which will train teachers and a broad array of actors at the community level who interact with youth through their programs, including parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and other adults, in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). Rural specific training modules are available.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Pilot Program: VA Pre-Degree Internships for Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapy Inactive
Awards funding to VA facilities to establish a pilot internship program for Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) or Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) trainees. Priority is given to proposals that will serve veterans who reside in rural or remote settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Apr 17, 2015
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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
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: Jul 18, 2014
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Services in Supportive Housing Program Inactive
Grants for supportive housing programs to implement supportive services in the areas of substance abuse and mental health to help prevent or reduce chronic homelessness of individuals and families.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2014
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Pilot Effectiveness Studies and Services Research Grants (R34) Inactive
Awards funding to conduct pilot research studies on factors that impact access, utilization, quality, and outcomes of mental health services or pilot test patient-, provider-, organizational-, or systems-level services interventions to improve care quality, coordination, or delivery.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 17, 2014
Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Category II Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers Inactive
Funding to provide national expertise on specific types of traumatic events to improve treatment and services for children and adolescents in the United States who have experienced traumatic events.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 26, 2012
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Public Prevention Health Fund: Community Transformation Grant Inactive
Grants aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 6, 2011
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2011
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Affordable Care Act Health Center Planning Grants Inactive
The purpose of planning grants is to demonstrate the need for health services in the community from public or non-profit organizations seeking a grant to plan for the development of a comprehensive primary care health center.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 18, 2011
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 8/18/2017