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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits to Improve Mental Health Care for Minority Populations

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
CFDA Number: 93.243
Funding or PIN Number: SM-23-009
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Important Dates
Deadline: 05/09/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit professional mental health organizations to improve mental health care in minority populations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to educate mental health professionals about mental and/or substance use disorders among racial and ethnic minority populations and to improve the quality of care provided to them.

The purpose of this program is to recruit, train, and support master’s and doctoral level students in behavioral health care professions by: (1) increasing the knowledge of mental and/or substance use disorder behavioral health professionals on issues related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a mental or substance use disorder; (2) increasing the number of culturally competent mental and substance use disorders professionals who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct mental and/or substance use disorder services to racial and ethnic minority populations; and (3) improving the quality of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations.

There is a significant treatment gap and workforce shortage in disenfranchised and minority populations. Existing literature has highlighted the lack of diversity in the current behavioral health workforce and called on federal government to take a leadership role in addressing the workforce shortage crisis, especially in low-income communities. Studies also show that many clients prefer racial and ethnically matched behavioral health providers and this is likely to increase the engagement of various communities in behavioral health. In the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Projections Report, it is expected that there will be substantial increases in demand for behavioral health workers across disciplines by 2030.

The MFP helps to address the aforementioned gaps and increases behavioral health professionals’ knowledge of issues related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support for mental illness and drug/alcohol addiction among racial and ethnic minority populations.

Required Activities:

Allowable Activities:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Public or private non-profit professional organizations representing mental and substance use disorder treatment professionals in the fields of psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, substance use disorder and addictions counseling, and addiction medicine. These organizations will support post-baccalaureate training, including for master’s and doctoral degrees. These organizations have the necessary mechanisms and databases for identifying candidate Fellows and the infrastructure and expertise to carry out the activities of the program. As such, these entities are uniquely qualified to administer the MFP program.

SAMHSA will only make one award for each of the eight disciplines. An entity may propose to address more than one discipline and will need to submit a separate application for each discipline. An entity could receive more than one award. The highest scoring application for each of the eight disciplines will be awarded.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on May 9, 2023.

All applicants must be registered with NIH’s eRA Commons,, and the System for Award Management ( in order to submit this application. The process could take up to six weeks. If you are not currently registered with the eRA Commons,, and/or, you must begin the registration process immediately.

Application Forms and Resources:

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,967,863 per year per award

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: Up to 5 years
Anticipated Project Start Date: September 30, 2023
Anticipated Award Date: August 31, 2023

Contact Information
For program and eligibility questions contact:

Dr. Nima Sheth
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-0513

For fiscal/budget questions contact:

Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1400

If you encounter problems when submitting your application in, you must attempt to resolve them by contacting the Service Desk at the following:
- By e-mail:
- By phone: (toll-free) 1-800-518-4726 (1-800-518-GRANTS).

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