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Smoking Prevention Programs for 6th-12th Graders

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE): Grades 6-12 Tier 1 Cohort R

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Office

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04/22/22 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $6,000 to California direct-funded charter schools, public school districts, COEs, and consortia that serve students in grades 6-12 for programs that mitigate smoking among students. The purpose of funding is to equip youth with skills and knowledge to live tobacco, vape, and nicotine-free by providing leadership and guidance for the development and implementation of school-based education, intervention, counseling, and other youth development activities.

The TUPE Office was established by the CDE to provide technical assistance and funding to COEs, school districts, and schools in the development of instructional materials, curricula, and activities to encourage prevention and cessation of tobacco, vape, and nicotine among youth. 

To receive TUPE Grant funding, all TUPE grantees are required to: (1) adopt tobacco free campus policies that prohibit the use of products containing tobacco and nicotine including, but not limited to, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and (2) conduct the district-level CHKS Core Module with the subgroup population of students in grades six, seven, nine, and eleven. 

See page 7 of the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program Initiation Grant document in Supporting Documents below for Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Social-Ecological Model.
See page 10 of the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program Initiation Grant document in Supporting Documents below for Program Requirements and Additional Services.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166726

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable funding for a single COE or LEA applicant is $6,000 for all three years of the grant. Consortium applicants may request up to $6,000 for each LEA represented in the application for all three years of the grant.

Term of Contract:

The Tier 1, Cohort R Grant is available for a three-year period from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible: COEs, public school districts, direct-funded charter schools, or consortia that serve students in grades 6–12 within the State of California are eligible to apply. The governing district must apply on behalf of a school or school sites within its jurisdiction. Any currently funded Tier 1 district or direct-funded charter school that is a member of a Tier 1 consortium with a grant expiring on June 30, 2022, is eligible to re-apply separately or as part of a consortium.

Not Eligible: Individual schools, community agencies, private schools, and locally-funded charter schools are not eligible to apply for these funds. In addition, projects targeting out-of-school students cannot be funded under this application. Currently-funded TUPE Tier 1 grantees with grants not expiring, Tier 2, and Health Disparities grantees are ineligible for Tier 1, Cohort R funds.

Applicants are ineligible for any TUPE Grant funding if they have received directly or indirectly, any funding, educational materials, or services from the tobacco, vaping, or marijuana industries—even if for the purpose of implementing tobacco use prevention, youth development, intervention, or cessation programs. In addition, TUPE grantees are prohibited from accepting such materials and services for the duration of the grant. Acceptance of such items will result in termination of the grant, the return of all advanced grant funds, and may disqualify LEAs from future TUPE funding opportunities.

A signature by the Superintendent or Designee on the application materials constitutes an assurance that the COEs, school districts, or direct-funded charter schools identified in the Tier 1, Cohort R application will not accept materials, services, or funding from the tobacco, vaping, or marijuana industries.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An RFA Guidance PowerPoint will be posted on the TUPE GEMS website the week of March 14, 2022. The purpose of the PowerPoint is to provide guidance to assist applicants with program requirements for the Tier 1, Cohort R Grant Application. The PowerPoint may be viewed at any time after posting.

Pre-Application Information:

Critical Dates for the Application Process:
- March 14, 2022: RFA is posted on the CDE TUPE Funding webpage.
- March 28–April 22, 2022: RFA Helpdesk is available.
- April 1, 2022 at 3 p.m.: Intent to Submit (ITS) an Application is due.
- Week of March 14, 2022: RFA Guidance PowerPoint posted on the TUPE GEMS website.
- April 22, 2022 at 3 p.m.: Submission deadline for complete applications.
- May 2022: Applicants are notified if they have been disqualified based on the CDE’s screening. Appeals are due to the CDE 10 days after notification of disqualification.
- May 2022: Final Funding List is posted on the CDE TUPE Funding webpage.
- June 2022: Grant Award Notifications sent to grantees.
- July 1, 2022: Grant period begins.

An RFA Helpdesk will be available to assist applicants with RFA-related questions. The RFA Helpdesk will be available from March 28, 2022 to April 22, 2022.

The applicant must be certified by the CDE as having met the Tobacco-Free School District Certification criteria. This certification must be valid by July 1, 2022.

Applications submitted by an individual COE or LEA must include a LOS written and signed by the COE TUPE Coordinator endorsing the application. The letter should be provided on the COE TUPE Coordinator’s letterhead and may contain an e-signature. Only one LOS is required for upload into TUPE GEMS. Consortium applicants do not need to submit a LOS from the COE TUPE Coordinator.

Applicants may only submit one application per lead agency.

For additional information and documents, see:

Contact Information:

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

All completed RFAs should be uploaded to the TUPE GEMS on the TUPE GEMS website:

Student Support Services Branch
Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6408
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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