Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth and Young Adults (HIV CBI)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

DEADLINE: Applications due April 19, 2016

AWARD: Total anticipated funding of $4,889,726 with individual awards of up to $257,354 per year for up to 5 years. 

NUMBER OF AWARDS: Up to 19 awards. 

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are community-level domestic public and private nonprofit entities, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes (AI/AN) and tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations. For example, non-profit community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, middle and high schools, colleges and universities, health care delivery organizations and local governments are eligible to apply. Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN Tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities. Consortia of tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval. A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. 

Grantees funded under FY 2015 RFAs: SP-15-005 (HIV CBI) and SP-15-004 (MSI – CBO) are not eligible to apply for this grant program because they are currently receiving funds to carry out similar activities with like populations. 

SAMHSA is particularly interested in eliciting the interest of college and university clinics/wellness centers and community-based providers who can provide comprehensive substance abuse and HIV prevention strategies to reduce the impact of substance use, HIV, and viral hepatitis in high-risk communities. 

TARGET POPULATION: Populations ages 13-24, including racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults, at-risk for HIV/AIDS. Applicants may elect to serve youth aged 13-17, young adults aged 18-24, or elect to serve both youth and young adults. 

SUMMARY: The purpose of this program is to support an array of activities to assist grantees in building a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining quality and accessible state-of-the-science substance abuse and HIV prevention services. The program aims to engage community-level domestic public and private non-profit entities, tribes and tribal organizations to prevent and reduce the onset of SA and transmission of HIV/AIDS among at-risk populations ages 13-24, including racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults, hereafter referred to as the “population of focus”. These strategies must combine education and awareness programs, social marketing campaigns, and HIV and viral hepatitis (VH) testing services in non-traditional settings with substance abuse and HIV prevention programming for the population of focus. 

HIV CBI is one of CSAP’s Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) programs. The purpose of the MAI is to provide substance abuse and HIV/VH prevention services to at-risk minority populations in communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. 

The objective of this program supports the four primary goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which include: 1) reducing new HIV infections; 2) increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV; 3) reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities; and 4) achieving a coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic. Grantees must submit a comprehensive strategic plan that identifies the prevailing SA and HIV problems in their communities, and implement congruent direct services, environmental strategies, and HIV and VH testing that best match the needs of the population of focus. The plan must focus on preventing SA, HIV, and VH for at-risk populations, including racial/ethnic minority youth and/or young adults ages 13-24. Although grantees will have flexibility in designing the comprehensive strategies for their project, applicants must develop and submit a budget that complies with the activities/services and budget restrictions outlined below. 

Applicants must budget for the following required activities:

  • At least 45 percent for direct prevention activities;
  • Up to 10 percent for HIV testing;
  • Up to 5 percent for viral hepatitis testing and services (based on risk and United States Prevention Services Task Force guidelines), including hepatitis testing (B and C [antibody and confirmatory)] and hepatitis A and B vaccination (Twinrix);
  • Up to 20 percent for data collection and performance assessment;
  • Up to 10 percent for environmental strategies; and
  • Up to 10 percent for infrastructure, as needed.