Maryland AWARE (Project AWARE) FY24


To increase the SEA’s capacity in collaboration with State Mental Health Agencies overseeing school-aged youth with three LEAs, to: 
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth;
  • Provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues; and
  • Connect school-aged youth who may have behavioral health issues (including serious emotional disturbance - SED) or serious mental illness (SMI) and their families to needed services. 

SAMHSA expects that this program will focus on partnerships and collaboration between state and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide was released on July 31, 2023.

Application Submission Date

Friday, September 15, 2023. No later than 5:00 p.m. EST

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold a virtual customer service support session for interested applicants. During this session, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the program, the requirements, and the proposal. To attend these sessions, please use the links below:

Customer Service Support Session 1

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Google Meet joining info
Video call link

Customer Service Support Session 2

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Google Meet joining info
Video call link

MSDE staff will also be available to provide technical assistance throughout the grant application process. Contact Renee Neely at with questions related to the Maryland AWARE grant.

This funding opportunity, including all attachments and updates, can be downloaded from the MSDE Office of Grants Administration and Compliance website.


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact:

Dr. Renee Neely
Comprehensive Planning Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
(410) 767-0294