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Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program Grant

Grants to USA Qualified IHEs to Implement
No-Smoking Policies on Campus

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Funding Source:

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Truth Initiative

Conf. Date:

03/25/20

Deadline Date:

05/12/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to USA and territories qualified IHEs for activities to adopt and implement no-smoking policies on campuses across the country. Funding is intended to support implementation efforts that include an element of student engagement and are supported by the faculty and administration. In addition to funding, grantees will receive technical assistance through learning communities, webinars, and one-on-one consultations throughout the project period.

The Truth Initiative Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program is offering grants of $20,000 to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and women’s colleges to support the adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy. For more information and a definition of Tobacco/Vape-Free Policy, see https://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/media/files/2020/03/Tobacco%20and%20Vape-Free%20College%20Program%20-%20Grant%20Guidelines%20and%20Application%20Instructions.pdf#page=16.

Colleges that were early adopters of 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies may not have included e-cigarettes since the epidemic hadn’t hit yet. To combat the vaping epidemic, Truth Initiative is offering grants of up to $10,000 to strengthen 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policies by adding e-cigarettes. 

The goal of the program is to adopt a college-wide policy by March 2022. Grant activities must engage and mobilize the student population and create support among faculty, staff and administration for the policy.

Colleges that currently do not have a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy may apply for up to $20,000 to adopt a policy.

Colleges that have less than a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy may apply for up to $20,000 to strengthen their policy. For example, if smoking or tobacco use is prohibited in buildings but permitted in designated areas on campus, they are eligible to apply for funds to strengthen their policy to prohibit tobacco use and vaping in all areas.

If the college currently has a 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policy and they want to strengthen it to include e-cigarettes, they may apply for up to $10,000 to support the advocacy, adoption, and implementation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy.

Truth Initiative recognizes and honors the fact that tobacco may have a sacred cultural place in American Indian life. Many Native American tribes use tobacco for spiritual, ceremonial, and traditional healing purposes. Truth Initiative, therefore, distinguishes traditional, ceremonial and spiritual use of tobacco from its commercial use. Truth Initiative promotes tobacco control efforts that do not target traditional tobacco.

For allowable costs, see https://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/media/files/2020/03/Tobacco%20and%20Vape-Free%20College%20Program%20-%20Grant%20Guidelines%20and%20Application%20Instructions.pdf#page=11.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172501

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The Truth Initiative Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program is offering grants of up to $20,000 to support the adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy.
- Truth Initiative is offering grants of up to $10,000 to strengthen 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies by adding e-cigarettes.

Only proposals that include a robust student engagement section will be considered for funding. At least 15% of the budget must be dedicated to student engagement. (Please make sure student engagement activities are clearly noted in budget narrative.)

Term of Contract:

The project period will start on or around September 8, 2020, and end on March 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that this program uses the general term “college” to refer to an institution of higher education such as a university, college, community college, etc.

Funding is available only to minority-serving institutions of higher education (MSIs), public community colleges and women’s colleges in the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and five US territories which signed the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands). Applicants must be either an MSI or a public community college or a women’s college as described on https://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/media/files/2020/03/Tobacco%20and%20Vape-Free%20College%20Program%20-%20Grant%20Guidelines%20and%20Application%20Instructions.pdf#page=4.

All grant activities must be conducted within the United States, D.C. or the U.S. territories listed.

Any official entity – department, administrative unit, sanctioned group or club, etc. – within a college may apply with authorization of the college administration.

Eligible colleges include those that do not currently have a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy. Therefore:
- If your college currently has a 100% smoke-free and vape-free policy and you want to strengthen the policy to add smokeless tobacco, you are not eligible.
- If your college currently has a 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policy and you want funding to support implementation efforts, you are not eligible.

Colleges that received or are receiving Truth Initiative funding through the HBCU or Community College Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free College Grant Program are not eligible for this current grant program. In addition, colleges that received or are receiving funding from the American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative are not eligible for this grant program.

To avoid any real, potential, or perceived conflict of interest between Truth Initiative’s grant recipients and any tobacco-related entities, grantees must agree that during the grant period: (i) no person working on the grant project will provide services to, or receive services or anything of value from, any “Tobacco Company” (as defined below); and (ii) no funds or anything of value received by grantee from a Tobacco Company shall be used in connection with the grant project.

Unallowable project-related costs include:

- Nicotine replacement therapy
- Capital expenditures
- Equipment expenses (such as computers, i-pads, camera, film equipment, etc.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Prospective applicants have the option of participating in two informational webinars:

- March 12, 2020, at 3 p.m. (ET)
To register: https://truthinitiative.zoom.us/meeting/register/upYtde-rrzgjLd5a_Znj15cbHP3MhnIYnw

- March 25, 2020, at 3 p.m. (ET)
To register: https://truthinitiative.zoom.us/meeting/register/vJYodOmsqzMrOX4TvpTpKBJoR6R6wBMwXQ

Participation is optional. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the Truth Initiative website.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- RFP Released: Feb. 25, 2020
- Grant Information Webinar for Potential Applicants: March 12 and March 25 at 3:00 PM ET
- Applications Due: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
- Award Notifications: Early august 2020
- Project Start Date: On or around Sept. 8, 2020
- Project End Date: March 31, 2022

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=legacyforhealth&;

If you have questions about the online application system (for example, how to create an online account or upload a file), please contact Robin Scott, grants manager, at rscott@truthinitiative.org or 202-454-5555.

If you have programmatic questions about the initiative (for example, eligibility, required program elements or allowable activities), please contact Kristen Tertzakian, assistant director of community engagement, at the above phone number or send an email to collegegrant@truthinitiative.org.

Truth Initiative
900 G Street, NW
Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20001

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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