Maryland Project A.W.A.R.E. Fiscal Year 2025


In Fiscal Year 2020, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) authorized grant funds for Project A.W.A.R.E. (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) to State Education Agencies (SEAs). The grant seeks to build or expand the capacity of SEAs in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies (SMHAs) overseeing school-aged youth with three local education agencies (LEAs).

The purpose of the grant is 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 (GIG) was released on June 28, 2024.

Application Submission Date

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 30, 2024.

Funding Amount Available


Estimated Number of Grants

Seven (7)

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold three customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the application process. The sessions will be on:/p>

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

Dr. Renee Neely
Comprehensive Planning Specialist
Division of Student Support and Federal Programs

Office: (410) 767-0294


Grant Information Guide (PDF)

Application for Participation (PDF)

Application for Participation (Word)