Funding Opportunities

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center can help you obtain funding for your SOAR program by helping you identify opportunities that are specific to your community’s unique needs.

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is available to help you strategically and thoughtfully plan ways to fund your SOAR activities. This consultation includes helping you identify funding opportunities that are specific to your community’s unique needs. The available options include federal, state, and local funding, as well as foundations and corporate giving. Please contact us at
You can also visit our Funding Tools and Resources Page.
Current Opportunities
SAMHSA Grant Announcement
On February 19, 2019, SAMHSA announced “Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED).” The purpose of this program is to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21, with SED and their families. The grant will support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services using the System of Care (SOC) approach for children and youth experiencing SED and those with early signs and symptoms of serious mental illness, including first episode psychosis. The length of the project is up to four years and 6-24 awards are expected to be granted totaling about $24,565,000 in funding. We encourage you to connect with your state agency for mental health about how SOAR for Children could fit into the goals of this grant.

For more details about the SAMHSA grant announcement: Applications are due April 19, 2019.
Foundation Funding Opportunities
An article in the February 2019 issue of Health Affairs journal highlighted several foundations that have and/or are currently providing funding for homelessness, housing, and health care related causes. A number of these foundations sought to fund community projects and initiatives with goals to integrate various systems of care such as funding a project whose goal it was to link the most medically vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness from hospitals to recuperative care and then to permanent support housing (UniHealth Foundation). Additionally, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has focused funding resources with a three-pronged approach: 1. Facilitate systems change by urging stakeholders to invest resources and improve efficiencies in both housing and service provision; 2. Examine how people become chronically homeless, examine the emerging consensus on the preventions of homelessness, and support creation of new permanent supportive housing; 3. Promote continuous learning from other parts of the U.S. about effective practices. 
The following foundations were featured in the article:
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The JPB Foundation.
Los Angeles County, CA
  • The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • UniHealth Foundation
Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • Michael Reese Health Trust
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
Additionally, New York State Health Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Melville Charitable Trust, Boston Foundation, Pierce Family Foundation, Bezos Day One Fund, and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland were also featured in the article.  
For more detailed information about these foundations please contact Dan Coladonato, Project Associate at the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, at
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Grants to Establish and Expand Assertive Community Treatment (Short Title: ACT).
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2016 Culture of Health Prize -- Call for Applications
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health, and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change. Each of the 10 winning communities that will be honored in 2016 will receive a $25,000 cash prize and the opportunity to share their accomplishments across the nation to spark local change. The Call for Applications for the 2016 Culture of Health Prize is open until November 12, 2015.
SAMHSA Announces $10.39 Million in Treatment Assistance for Homeless Individuals
SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is now accepting applications for a new funding opportunity: Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness.
SAMHSA Announces Funding Opportunity: Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals
SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is now accepting applications for FY 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI).
2016 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) Grant
SOAR programs can take advantage of the Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grant opportunity.