2017 Commercial Tobacco-Free College Program -- Funding Available

2017 Commercial Tobacco-Free College Program – Funding Available

In the fight to curb commercial tobacco use in the U.S., college campuses have emerged as a critical battleground.

That’s because virtually all smokers — 99 percent — start smoking before turning 26 years old.  Community colleges and minority-serving academic institutions, including trial colleges, are especially important because they tend to serve students who are at grater risk for commercial tobacco use, including low-income and first-generation students.

 

Over the past two years, Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 135 historically black colleges and universities and community colleges to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke- or commercial tobacco-free policy.  These institutions have joined the growing movement of more than 1900 smoke-free colleges, including seven tribal colleges.

To keep the momentum going, Truth Initiative is launching its new commercial Tobacco-Free College Program, which offers 17-month grants of up to $20,000 to community colleges and minority-serving institutions, including tribal colleges, to adopt a 100 percent commercial tobacco-free college 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, therefor, distinguishes traditional, ceremonial, and spiritual use of tobacco from its commercial use.  Truth Initiative promotes commercial tobacco control efforts that do not target traditional tobacco.

Grantees will also receive guidance through webinars, learning communities, and one-on-one consultations throughout the grant period.

Please visit the Truth Initiative website to view the grant guidelines, application information, and registration for an informational webinar on September 14 at https://truthinitiative.org/get-involved

The deadline for applications is October 11.

For more information, please contact Kristen Tertzakian at ktertzakian@truthinitiative.org or 202-454-5788.

 

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY -- The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is pleased to announce 2 new funding opportunities in partnership with the Indian Health Service (with funding from the National Institutes of Health) and the Centers for Disease Control. -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health IHS/NIH Project Sub-Award will be used to support the assessment of and response to the leading public health priorities of substance abuse and/or mental health.  It is anticipated that up to 6 awards will be available for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  |  Applications are due on December 29, 2017.  |  LEARN MORE HERE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities in partnership with the Indian Health Service (with funding from the National Institutes of Health) and the Centers for Disease Control. | The Tribal Public Health Priorities CDC Project Sub-Award will be used in support of and response to local public health priorities and needs as well as contribute to the development of tribal public health workforce and infrastructure.  It is anticipated that up to 12 awards will be available for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  |  Applications are due on December 29, 2017. | LEARN MORE HERE

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States.  "For communities that are engaged in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team's capacity and skills through a community leadership process."  Deadline January 12, 2018 - LEARN MORE

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