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Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS)


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Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Awards funds to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance misuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level. The program is intended to identify and address the primary substances being misused by youth and adults in targeted communities. Aspires to decrease health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by making services more accessible to improve outcomes for these populations.

Eligible funding activities for community, tribal, or territorial grantees can include:

  1. Developing data-supported, substance use prevention strategies to achieve the following goals:
    • Preventing substance misuse and decreasing its progression
    • Reducing issues related to substance misuse
    • Expanding capacity and infrastructure for community-level prevention efforts
    • Leveraging outside funding sources and tools for prevention
    • Administering a comprehensive prevention strategy that encompasses evidence-based programs, policies, and activities that best address prevention priorities
    • Determining technical assistance and training needs and establishing responsive activities
  2. Expanding communities' capacity to address the primary substances affecting their area, using data to assess the need of both youth and adult substance misuse prevention
  3. Community data collection and reporting to identify progress in addressing primary prevention concerns
  4. Employing coalition building methods in the community to better prevent local substance misuse
  5. Creating prevention messaging and other prevention methods while ensuring any messages and strategies are successfully distributed
  6. Collaborating with the Prevention Technology Transfer Centers to improve the use and distribution of effective substance use prevention methods

State grantees must:

  • Distribute 85% of the grant award to local community subrecipients to conduct the above activities
  • Review state epidemiological data to identify local communities with the highest need for targeted interventions to prevent substance misuse
  • Strengthen the development of a statewide prevention strategy through targeted public messaging, training for youth, adults, schools, and other community sectors; and coordinate state-level prevention activities

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $300,000 per year for community, tribal, or territory applicants
  • $1,000,000 per year for state applicants

Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 92
Estimated total program funding: $27,700,000

At least 15 awards will be made to tribes/tribal organizations pending adequate application volume.

Who Can Apply

Domestic public and private nonprofit entities are eligible to apply.

Grant recipients who have received funding under SP-16-003, SP-18-008, SP-19-004 are not eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.


For programmatic questions:
Damaris Richardson

For grants management or budget questions:
Corey Sullivan

For grant review process and application status questions:
Christopher Craft

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • The Nez Perce Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho used funds to introduce Participatory Action Research strategies to prevent and reduce the misuse of alcohol and marijuana by Native American children and youth on the Nez Perce Reservation.
  • Ellsworth, Maine received grant funds to establish programs, policy changes, and systems development using the evidence-based Icelandic Model for substance prevention to serve youth in the Downeast area of Maine.
  • Osage County, Kansas received funding to implement a media campaign, school-based curriculum, and other substance prevention resources to address underage drinking and tobacco use among children and youth aged 9-20.
  • The Santee Sioux Tribe in Niobrara, Nebraska used funds to develop an inter-tribal initiative to prevent and reduce alcohol and marijuana misuse, address the effects of trauma, and promote mental health among Native American youth and young adults across Nebraska.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health and Wellness • Infrastructure • Methamphetamine • Opioids • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Youth