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Current Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery grants

  • There are no funding opportunities at this time.

Prior funding opportunities from the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery

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Other funding opportunities

This list contains current funding opportunities related to substance abuse prevention or mental health promotion that are not from DBHR.

  • Drug-Free Communities Grant, now through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 

Amended NOFOs for the DFC grant were posted on March 27, 2020.  The new due date:  June 8, 2020, 11:59pm (Eastern).

- The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  Community coalitions interested in applying to the DFC Program can learn more here:

The purpose of the DFC Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.  DBHR provides some application support to coalitions in Washinton that are applying.  For more information, contact Ray.Horodowicz@hca.wa.govApplications due:  June 8, 2020.

Here’s a quick summary of the changes made to the funding opportunity that were posted on March 27, 2020:

  • The due date for applications has been extended from 04/03/2020 to 06/08/2020, 11:59 p.m. (eastern).
  • Estimated Award Date changed to 12/31/2020.
  • The budget period length has been changed from 12 months to 9 months. 
  • The 12-Month Action Plan has been changed to a 9-Month Action Plan.
  • The CDC Assurances and Certifications link has been corrected.


  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grants to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention - The purpose of this program is to support states and communities in advancing efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in order to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in the U.S. nationally. Addressing suicide prevention among adults is imperative to decreasing the nation’s suicide rate. SAMHSA plans to issue 5 grants of up to $400,000 per year for up to 3 years. Apply onlineApplication due: March 23, 2020.



  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems - The Zero Suicide model is a comprehensive, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in health systems. The purpose of this program is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs for individuals who are 25 years of age or older. This program is designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide. Recipients will implement the Zero Suicide model throughout their health system. SAMHSA plans to issue up to 17 grants of up to $700,000 per year for up to 5 years. Apply onlineApplication due: March 30, 2020.


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture - Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant - This program helps rural communities use telecommunications-based audio and video equipment to connect teachers, students, medical providers and rural residents with each other and the world. USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to help improve the quality of life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:
    • Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
    • Developing the Rural Economy
    • Harnessing Technological Innovation
    • Supporting a Rural Workforce
    • Improving Quality of Life  

USDA encourages applications for projects located in rural Opportunity Zones. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his delegation of authority to the Internal Revenue Service. USDA also encourages applications that will support the Administration’s goal to combat substance use disorder, including opioid misuse, in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the capacity to address prevention, treatment and/or recovery. Apply onlineApplication due: April 10, 2020. 


  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) - Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative - This program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth populations that are at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement. Mentoring services can be one-on-one, group, peer, or a combination of these types. Applicants in all categories must initiate mentoring services to youth who are 17 years old or younger at the time of admission to the program. Funding can be used to support new mentoring matches or continue existing mentoring matches at the time of application. Solicitation webinar will be held March 4 at 11 a.m. Register for webinar online. Apply onlineApplication due: April 13, 2020. 


  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants - The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth and with three local education agencies (LEAS), to: (1) increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; (2) provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues; and (3) connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues (including serious emotional disturbance [SED] or serious mental illness [SMI]), and their families to needed services. SAMHSA expects that this program will focus on partnerships and collaboration between state and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence. Apply onlineApplication due: April 20, 2020.


  • Health Resources and Services Administration - Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)-Implementation - This program is a multi-year initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under RCORP-Implementation. This funding opportunity will advance RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services to enhance rural residents’ ability to access treatment and move towards recovery. Apply onlineApplication due: April 24, 2020.


  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Tribal Opioid Response Grants -  This program aims to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). In addition to focusing on OUD, recipients may also address stimulant misuse and use disorders, including cocaine and methamphetamine. The intent is to reduce unmet treatment need and opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for OUD and, if so desired, stimulant misuse and use disorders. Apply onlineApplication due: May 4, 2020.