Applications will be due: 10/1/22 - 5:00 PM MST

Competitive mini-grants are available for projects aimed at: enabling local youth-related coalitions/groups to initiate an evidence-based youth risk behavior and/or substance use prevention program, bolstering local youth risk behavior and/or substance use prevention efforts that may already be in-place, and encourage increased partnering among local youth-based coalitions, advisory groups, committees, etc. to ensure future program sustainability when mini-grant funds cease. We expect to award eight projects in 2022 and will release the list of awarded projects by 11/1/22. 

Projects could include the new implementation of an evidence-based youth risk behavior and/or substance use prevention program, building upon current youth-related prevention programming to strengthen local efforts, and ultimately, the impact, travel to attend partner/coalition/advisory group meeting(s), organizing a workshop, hosting an invited speaker at a workshop, developing flyers/hand-outs to promote the youth programming taking place, educational tools related to program implementation, among others. Non-profit organizations and University Extension personnel are encouraged to apply.  

Individual grants should not exceed $2,000 and while multi-year projects will be considered, all projects will be funded according to the dates stated in this document. Collaboration with other applications and grant recipients are encouraged to spread the impact of the mini-grants further throughout Montana and to reach additional stakeholders.  

Eligible expenses include evidence-based youth risk behavior and/or substance use prevention implementation materials and resources, speaker/trainer and project travel expenses, educational materials (flyers, fact sheets, youth related activities), publications used to enhance capacity at the local/community level, meeting or event space, postage, promotional expenses, photocopies. Certain expenses are not allowable by SAMHSA as per grantor guidelines. Allowable expenses will be paid on a reimbursable basis upon receipt of invoices, receipts and a completed W-9 form. Invoices, receipts, and a completed W-9 form must be submitted no later than 8/15/23. 

Ineligible expenses include salaries, equipment and food, including food service items such as plates and cups. The exceptions to this "food rule" are if participants find themselves traveling more than 50 miles to an event or if the continuity of the event will be broken up by meals being served offsite. 

****All projects should be completed prior to 8/30/23 and project reports will be due 9/30/2023****

 Grant recipients are expected to submit a final report as a Word document by 9/30/23.  Reports must address the following items: 1) Activities and methods, 2) Acquisition of new knowledge and skills, 3) Number of youth reached and the level of integration of youth protective factors among participating youth, 4) Partnerships/coalitions created, and 5) Unintended outcomes.  


 Required Application Sections Will Include Three Parts:


Part 1: Narrative 

Please limit narrative section to no more than three pages. Address the following elements in your narrative section.  


  1. a) Briefly describe your proposed project.Introduce your proposal; what will happen, who will be involved, and how the proposed program addresses the protective factors involved in youth risk behavior and substance use prevention. Proposals that address multiple protective and risk behavior factors are weighted higher in scoring. Include any justifications and assumptions in your proposal. 
  2. b) Briefly describe partnership/collaboration development and partner involvement. Projects that include the target audience, stakeholders, and partner organizations in all stages of development and implementation. Proposals that demonstrate robust partnership and collaboration development receive higher weight in scoring criteria.


  1. c) Inputs: describe resources that will be used in the project (youth evidence-based curricula and adjoining necessary materials and supplies, publications, fact sheets, flyers, handouts, meeting/gathering space). Matching funds are not required.
  2. d) Outputs: activities and methods, tangible meetings, activities, publication/material development.
  3. e) Outcomes: increased integration of youth protective factors among participating youth, increased awareness, knowledge and communication skill levels involving the decreased likelihood that participating youth will engage in risky behavior including substance use. Increased participants’ intent to apply information learned and risk behavior reduction strategies in their lives. 
  4. f) Evaluation: How will you assess changes in learning, intention, and (when possible) action that results from project activities. Evaluation is an allowed expense. 

Part 2: Budget for proposal 

Part 3: Timeline of Activities and Deliverables  

To request an application be sent to you on August 1st, please email the program manager  Jennifer Munter.  For additional questions please contact the project director Barbara Allen. 

For more details, please view application 

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