Deadline for applications to be submitted is Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by 5 p.m. ET.

American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative

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The American Cancer Society, under the direction of its Center for Tobacco Control, announced the fourth round of applications for their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) Grant Program to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and commercial tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses across the nation.

Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the United States, more than 1 million are projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking.  While approximately 90% of smokers start by age 18, fully 99% start by age 26, underscoring the importance of supporting young adults with more effective prevention and cessation efforts while eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and all tobacco use in their learning environments.

TFGCI addresses a critical need and is being supported by the CVS Health Foundation, as part of their #BeTheFirst campaign, a five-year, $50 million commitment to deliver the first commercial tobacco-free generation.

Grant Information

Grants ranging from $10,000-$20,000 have been awarded to 81 institutions since the program’s inception in 2016; 50+ will be awarded in the next couple of rounds of funding.  In addition to the grants, TFGCI will also provide technical assistance and other resources to its grantees.

Funding is available to public or private, non-profit, higher education institutions in the United States, accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.  In addition to other institutions of higher learning, this includes community and technical colleges, vocational schools, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and all other minority serving institutions (MSIs).

We will accept applications from institutions in all 50 states.

Please note that institutions with partial smoke- and/or commercial tobacco-free policies and those without any policy are both eligible to apply, but preference will be given to those institutions that currently have neither a 100% smoke-free nor 100% tobacco-free policy.


All applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by 5 p.m. ET.  If interested, a letter of intent to apply must be submitted to by Friday, June 1, 2018.

To learn more and for application materials, visit  For questions, contact Bidisha Sinha, MPH, at

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