SAMHSA COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants

Application Due Date: May 22, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention (COVID-19 ERSP) grantsThe purpose of this program is to support states and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

SAMHSA also recognizes the serious concerns for domestic violence victims that are posed by mass stay-at-home and quarantine orders. Under normal circumstances, domestic violence can lead to situations of increased stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. These are all contributing factors to risk for suicide if unaddressed. Current conditions exacerbate this situation for domestic violence victims. Given the unique situation for these particular individuals, SAMHSA is requiring that a minimum of 25 percent of direct services funding be used to support this population.

SAMHSA FOA: COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grants

Eligible applicants are:

  • State government agencies, including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. The State mental health agency or the State health agency with mental or behavioral health functions should be the lead for the ERSP grant.
  • Community-based primary care or behavioral healthcare organizations.
  • Public health agencies.
  • Community-based service providers able to meet psychiatric and psychosocial needs of clients including, for example, shelters for victims of domestic violence, clubhouse-type facilities.
  • Emergency departments.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.

Award Information

Anticipated Number of Awards: 50

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $800,000 for 16 months

SAE Grant Writing Services

SAE has obtained over $280 million in grant awards for its clients. If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity and would like some assistance in developing a competitive narrative, contact us by emailing or calling (212) 684-4480.

SAMHSA Contact Information

Program Issues:

Beverly Vayhinger
(240) 276-0564

Grants Management and Budget Issues:
Corey Sullivan
(240) 276-1213