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Grants to Wisconsin Colleges and Universities to Prevent Tobacco-Use on Campus

Spark Project


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Funding Source
SPARK, American Lung Association and Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Wisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/28/19 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $1,500 to Wisconsin colleges and universities to promote campus-wide tobacco-use prevention efforts. Funding is intended for education and advocacy efforts that will result in the implementation of a tobacco-free campus policy. The goal of this program is to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in the campus environment.

Projects are provided to educate campus communities that tobacco in all its forms is a threat, and to assist campuses with their tobacco-free campus efforts or to maintain their policy awareness. The SPARK project’s purpose is to support advocacy and education efforts for adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco-free campus. The policy should be campus-wide, including all university-owned property buildings and vehicles, both indoors and outdoors, and applicable for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

In order to create a solid foundation for a tobacco-free campus movement, grantees are required to address these topics:
- SPARK Taskforce: The Taskforce will spearhead SPARK project activities and build a coalition that has broad representation on campus.
- Education Around Tobacco, Health Equity & Tobacco-Related Disparities: Appropriate and relevant messaging is key to building and sustaining the tobacco-free campus movement.
- Participate in ONE additional tobacco education/tobacco-free campus activity per semester
- Participate in SPARK Networking Call, Campus Summit and One on One Meetings/Calls
- Communicate/Meet with local and state leaders
- Completed SPARK workplan

Project funds can be used for:
- Stipends (student, staff, intern) payment of individual
- Surveys (participant raffle prize, handouts with survey link)
- Educational materials (handouts for students/faculty fairs, posters, and informational sheets)
- Promotional items for tabling or outreach/educational activities
- Events (refreshments, venue)
- SPARK meetings (food, supplies, travel)
- Signage (tobacco-free campus)
- Printing of SPARK branded materials

More information about the requirements can be found at:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grant funding is available to any two or four-year public, private or nonprofit higher educational institutions in the state of Wisconsin. These institutions include state community and technical colleges, vocational schools, tribal colleges and universities, and other minority serving institutions of higher education.

Any official entity – department, administrative office, or university approved student organization group or club (with the approval of organization advisor) within the institution may apply.

Applicants must identify a SPARK campus advisor. The advisor must be a member of the institution, either faculty or staff. Students may NOT serve as an advisor but are strongly encouraged to be involved with all SPARK projects and initiatives.

SPARK will only accept applications from institutions in Wisconsin. SPARK will award only one mini-grant per campus.

Funds cannot be used to:
- Purchase office equipment
- Fund the activities of another organization
- Administrative or Indirect Costs
- Mini-Grant funds CANNOT be used for pharmacotherapies, cessation materials, quit kits or cessation programs.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications Announced April 2019
- Application Deadline June 28, 2019
- Application Review & Edit Process July 2019
- Award Notifications August 2019
- Project Begins August 19, 2019
- SPARK Networking Call (First Semester) September 26, 2019 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
- SPARK Networking Call (Second Semester) TBD
- Project Cycle Ends May 31, 2020

Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with their local multi-jurisdictional tobacco coalition and/or disparity network. Contact SPARK staff to identify and be introduced to local coalition or network contacts.

SPARK will award only one project per campus.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Project funds are available up to $1,500.
- Along with mini-grants, SPARK also provides training and technical assistance and other resources to its applicants, grantees, and other partners who work on tobacco control initiatives. Technical assistance is provided through specific and customized online resources, networking calls, one-on-one meetings, and communications in accordance with the unique needs of each school receiving a grant.

Term of Contract
The project period is August 19, 2019 - May 31, 2020.

Contact Information
Submit all documents together, via email or mail to:

American Lung Association
13100 West Lisbon Road, Suite 700
Brookfield, WI 53005-2508

To learn more about the SPARK Project and/or partnering with SPARK:
Nicholas Surita
Coordinator, Health Promotions
American Lung Association in Wisconsin

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