SAMHSA is limiting eligibility to MSIs (i.e., HBCUs, HSIs, AANAPISIs and TCUs) because the purpose of the MSI CBO grant program is to prevent and reduce SA, HIV/AIDS and HCV among minority at-risk populations. Data have shown that young adults from minority populations represent the majority of new HIV/HCV infections. MSIs have a documented and consistent concentration of minority adult populations between the ages of 18 and 24. AANAPISIs were not included as eligible applicants in the FY 2013 RFA, because there was no means of identifying eligible institutions. SAMHSA has included these institutions as eligible applicants in this RFA because there is now a list of AANAPSI institutions designated by the Department of Education at the website listed below. MSIs have the greatest likelihood of achieving success through the MSI CBO grant program because: 1) their student populations are comprised of young adults who are members of racial/ethnic minorities; 2) they have ready access to minority students to provide them with routine HIV/HCV screening, testing, and prevention education and information on substance abuse, HIV and HCV; 3) they have an established infrastructure for addressing SA, HIV/AIDS and HCV prevention that can be sustained as part of the community fabric; and 4) SAMHSA has shown success in using the MSI model to address SA, HIV and HCV prevention at the community level. Consistent with the intent of the MAI initiative, MSIs also have experience in working collaboratively with minority community-based organizations (MCBOs) in surrounding communities to achieve SA, HIV/AIDS and HCV prevention goals.
To determine if your institutions meet the requirements of an MSI, please visit the appropriate websites listed:
Definition and listing of HBCUs used by the White House Initiative on HBCUs from Department of Education website: http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whhbcu/one-hundred-and-five-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/
Definition and listing of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) from the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/idueshsi/awards.html
Definition and listing of Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Institutions (AANAPISIs): http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/asian-americans-initiative/aanapisi.html
Definition and listing of TCUs from Department of Education website: http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whiaiane/tribes-tcus/tribal-colleges-and-universities/
If an application is received from an entity that is not included on the above websites, or the application does not include Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) or a letter of commitment from a partnering CBO, the application will be screened out and will not be reviewed or considered for an award.
The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.