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Community Tobacco Education Program Grant

Grants to Baltimore County, Maryland Community, Youth,
and Faith-Based Organizations to Prevent Tobacco Use

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Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) - Bureau of Behavioral Health

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Baltimore County, Maryland community, youth, and faith-based organizations to offer education programs that focus on tobacco use prevention and education. Programs may address cessation, eliminating secondhand smoke exposure, and identifying and eliminating tobacco use related disparities, as well as e-cigarette awareness and education.

Tobacco use among Baltimore County adults and youth remains a serious public health issue. The Monitoring Changing Tobacco Use Behaviors: 2000-2014 Legislative Report revealed over 15% of Baltimore County High School youth reported current use of any type of tobacco product. In addition, reportedly, 22% of Baltimore County adults are current tobacco users, which is higher than the state rate of 19%. Furthermore, each day in the U.S., more than 3,200 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette. Unfortunately, 5.6 million of today’s youth under 18 are expected to die prematurely from smoking related causes. Moreover, use of e-cigarettes among Baltimore County High School students is extremely high at 19.7% and 7.9% for middle school students. Exposure to secondhand smoke presents serious health consequences for non-smokers. Data indicate that exposure to secondhand smoke results in over 41,000 deaths in adult non-smokers each year. More than 40% of children who visit the emergency room for severe asthma attacks live with a smoker. In Baltimore County 26.6% of households contain a resident adult smoker and minor children.

Program Objectives:

The Baltimore County Department of Health, Bureau of Behavioral Health is accepting applications from Community and Faith-Based Organizations and Youth Groups to conduct tobacco education programs in community settings. Preference will be given to proposals that are comprehensive, provide multiple activities and address at least three of the following objectives:

1. Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults. (Required)
2. Provide education to the community about the health consequences of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. (Required)
3. Provide education to the community about the risks associated with e-cigarette use. (Required)
4. Promote quitting among youth and adults and increasing the awareness of cessation resources.
5. Raise community awareness of tobacco use as a public health issue.

Proposals will be evaluated and selected by criteria that are most advantageous to the County (e.g., populations to be served, numbers to be reached, activities conducted in multiple locations).

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GrantWatch ID#: 144866

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amounts are available up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

All programs must be completed by May 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available to all Community, Faith-Based and Youth organizations within Baltimore County, excluding educational institutions.

Each funding application will be reviewed for eligibility based on the following criteria:
-Programs which are comprehensive and multi-faceted.
-Community Tobacco Education program is clearly described and the applicant demonstrates understanding and/or experience in addressing tobacco issues.
-Proposed Community Tobacco Education program is relevant for the target population.
-Activity proposed incorporates evidence-based/best practices, or research findings (BCDH can assist with exploration of curriculum or updated statistical information).
-Items requested in the budget are necessary for the program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted up to January 1, 2018, and will be reviewed and awarded pending availability of funds at the time of submission.

The disbursement process can take up to 4 weeks, please allow ample time for funding to be received when program planning.

Contact Information:

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

Baltimore County Department of Health
Bureau of Behavioral Health
Tobacco Program
6401 York Road, Third floor
Baltimore, MD 21212

Phone: 410-887-BCHD (2243)
TTY users call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1

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USA: Maryland: Baltimore County