SAMHSA Funds Your Competitors

By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA

SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As a Federal Agency, SAMHSA increases awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders by providing resources for treatment options, publishing peer reviewed materials on mental health and substance abuse recovery, and awarding grants. Consider what SAMHSA is doing for your competitors:

SAMHSA is funding your competitors.

While SAMHSA certainly funds some of the larger, more established organizations, like The Acacia Network and New York University School of Medicine, they also fund mid-size and smaller nonprofits like Baily House and FACES. In fact SAMHSA funded over 60 New York City nonprofits in 2015.

SAMHSA is funding your competitors at significant amounts.

This past year SAMHSA awarded over $345 Million to organizations in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. At FACES, an organization with a $3.5 Million annual budget, SAMHSA awarded $500,000 for each of five years to increase access to HIV/AIDS treatment in underserved areas through the Targeted Capacity Expansion Initiative.

SAMHSA is building your competitors capacity to serve.

SAMHSA requires evaluation, so your competitors build that cost into their proposal’s budget. Not only does this make their proposal very competitive, but it’s a smart move in building their organizational capacity. The stronger the evaluation measurements, the more competitive your organization will be. LAPA includes a program evaluator in each SAMHSA proposal who, once you’re funded, would be a part of your team.

Do you want SAMHSA to support your organization, like they are supporting your competitors? Let me know what your funding priorities are, and I’ll see if your needs match up with SAMHSA’s funding priorities for 2016. At LAPA, our government grants services include a no fee retainer, and a $27:1 ROI. 

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