Government and Regulations

Grants Available for Native American Mental Health Programs

SAMHSA offers grants up to $20,000 a year to AI/AN organizations that address mental health needs.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing support to Native American tribes and organizations with great ideas for improving mental and physical health. The Tribal Behavioral Health cooperative agreements (short title: Native Connections) offers grants to programs aimed at preventing and reducing suicidal behavior and substance use, addressing trauma, and promoting mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people.

SAMHSA is now accepting applications for the cooperative-agreement grants. Grants total up to $94.8 million over 5 years. SAMHSA says it expects to fund as many as 94 grant recipients with up to $200,000 each per year for up to 5 years. Currently, Native Connections serves 20 grantees.

Native Connections also provides webinars to guide grantees in developing plans for such programs. One series, for instance, provides cultural considerations in screening and treating young people at risk.

Federally recognized AI/AN tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply for the grants. Applications are available at and Applicants must download the required documents from both sites. The due date to receive applications is June 2, by 11:59 pm (ET).

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