Tribal Behavioral Health Grants (Native Connections)


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Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2024


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Awards grants to develop and implement programs and services to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through age 24. Supports tribal communities in building effective behavioral health systems that will positively impact AI/AN youth and serve as a model for community change by integrating culture, resources, and readiness to address suicide and substance misuse among the target population.

Required activities include:

  • Conduct a community needs assessment within 4 months to identify current local policies, systems, and strategies to address suicide, mental health, and substance misuse for AI/AN youth, as well as areas in need of revision and improvement
  • Conduct a community readiness assessment within 6 months to determine how prepared the tribe or tribal organization is to address the issues of suicide and substance misuse among AI/AN youth
  • Develop a tribal strategic action plan that incorporates findings from the community needs and readiness assessments and addresses the needs of AI/AN youth regarding suicide prevention and substance misuse following the 3 tier approach:
    • Universal Prevention Strategies
    • Selective and Targeted Prevention Strategies
    • Indicated Prevention Strategies
  • Develop and/ revise postvention protocols that reflect the traditions and culture of the community and also address coordination of care and intervention among youth-serving agencies for both immediate and follow-up care for AI/AN youth
  • Ensure tribal community members are involved in all decisions regarding project activities, including planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Establish a youth advisory board to provide guidance and feedback about the project and whose contributions and recommendations are addressed by the project

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $250,000 per year per award
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 52
Estimated total program funding: $15,055,023

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations (UIOs)
  • A consortium of tribes or tribal organizations

Grantees that received Tribal Behavioral Health Grant awards under announcement numbers SM-23-021 in fiscal year (FY) 2023, SM-21-011 in FY 2022 and 2021, and SM-20-002 in FY 2020 are not eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Aijahlon Carden

Maggie Mcginnis

For grants management or budget questions:

For grant review process and application status questions:
Michelle Armstrong

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in FY 2023 can be found on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island - Tribal Government in Alaska
  • Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes in Poplar, Montana
  • Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska in Niobrara, Nebraska
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) in Zuni, New Mexico

Topics This Program Addresses

Adverse Childhood Experiences • American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Harm Reduction • Mental Health • Prevention • Schools • Substance Use Disorder • Suicide and Suicide Prevention • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth