SAMHSA is seeking applications for up to $47.5 million in grants to help people experiencing homelessness

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) totaling up to $47.5 million over the course of five years.

The program’s purpose is to support the development and/or expansion of community infrastructures that integrate behavioral health treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness.

SAMHSA expects to fund up to 24 grantees for up to $400,000 per year for up to five years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. See Section III-1 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PART I for complete eligibility information.

HOW TO APPLY: SAMHSA’s transition to NIH’s eRA grants system (eRA Commons) has changed the application registration, submission, and formatting requirements for FOAs. In order to submit an application, you must register in NIH’s eRA (electronic Research Administration) Commons in addition to the System for Award Management (SAM) and Please reference PART II very carefully to understand the requirements for applying to SAMHSA grants.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 25, 2017 by 11:59PM (Eastern Time). Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. Please review carefully Section IV-2 of the FOA PART I for submission requirements.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Valerie Tarantino at (240) 276-1745 or For questions on grants management and budget issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or

For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.

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