Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) Grant Program

Funder: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Deadline: 05/21/2021

Award Details: The purpose of this program is to enable community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and individuals with SMI or SED and substance use disorders, referred to as co-occurring disorder (COD). SAMHSA recognizes the needs of individuals with behavioral health conditions, including minority populations and economically disadvantaged communities, have not been met during the pandemic and that CMHC staff and other caregivers have been impacted.

Applicants are required to ensure their application is error-free by the due date and time. Applications will be returned to address errors but all applications must be error-free and submitted by the deadline to be considered. Please closely review Appendix A, especially 5.1 and 5.2, for more information.

Number of Awards: 165 to 825 awards, from $500,000 to $2,500,000 per year, for up to two years, no match. Proposed budgets cannot exceed from $500,000 to $2,500,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

Target Population: Community mental health centers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. See the full RFP for required and allowable activities.


Community Mental Health Centers, including state and local government-operated Community Mental Health Centers, as defined by Section 1913 (c) of the Public Health Services Act.

Applicants must provide documentation of certification or licensure as a CMHC from their state and/or accreditation from a nationally recognized accreditation organization in Attachment 1. Applicants who do not provide this documentation will be screened-out and not reviewed.


Link to RFP: