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Tobacco Cessation Grant Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits to Reduce and Prevent Tobacco
Use and Lower the Incidence of Tobacco-Related Deaths

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) - Hawai'i Tobacco and Prevention Control Trust Fund

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 4:00 PM HST


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Grants to Hawaii nonprofits for programs that promote the cessation of tobacco use, prevent the initiation of tobacco use, decrease the use of tobacco among young people, lower the death rate related to tobacco use, and decrease tobacco-related disparities among population groups. Funding is intended to provide intensive, evidence-based cessation services to priority populations listed below and to help them to stop using tobacco.

Eligible programs should aim to reduce smoking rates in the following priority populations: Native Hawaiians, persons with mental illness or substance abuse disorders, LGBT communities, persons of low socioeconomic status, and pregnant smokers.

Programs should accomplish the following:
- Provide intensive, evidence-based tobacco treatment services to adult smokers (18 years and older), including persons using electronic smoking devices or other emerging products containing nicotine, from identified priority populations (as listed above) to help them quit smoking.
- Reach and provide intensive interventions that are adapted to the needs and circumstances of the priority populations based on available best practice or evidence-based programming for tobacco cessation.
- Help tobacco users from priority populations become ready and willing to quit. When appropriate, engage with the smoker’s family members and support groups.
- Provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other approved pharmacotherapy to tobacco users when they are ready to quit.
- Establish tobacco screening and referral partnerships with agencies in the same service area serving the same priority populations in order to increase access to services, as appropriate.
- Participate in evaluation of the program by working directly with the external program evaluator hired by HCF.
- Work in collaboration with the Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline to provide comprehensive cessation services for all people of Hawai‘i.
- Participate in grantee gatherings and trainings as required by HCF to increase staff knowledge and build program capacity, to network with other cessation providers, and to meet other grantees of the Trust Fund.
- Hire and train certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS) to perform tobacco cessation services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169627

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded for a 4-year period with an estimated general grant award of $150,000 per year. However, larger grant awards may be considered for applications proposing cessation strategies that are scalable to serve more smokers through partnership sub-contract arrangements for coordinated cessation outreach, screening, referral and treatment, or to cover more than one island or more than one priority population.

Term of Contract:

- Grants will be awarded for a 4-year period. The grant term is expected to begin on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2023, contingent on HCF’s award of a long-term contract by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health.
- Continuation of the grant for each year of the four-year grant term will depend on the grantee demonstrating adequate progress in the grant work plan. HCF reserves the right in its sole discretion to discontinue grant funding if progress is determined unsatisfactory.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding under this RFP:
1. The applicant must be a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
2. The applicant must have a history of successful programmatic implementation and experienced personnel. Funding will not be provided for start-up organizations.
3. Applicants must not have any outstanding final reports due to HCF.

Tobacco Cessation Grants will not fund the following:
- Capital improvements, including capital campaigns, construction or renovations (minor capital improvements to implement programs are allowable).
- Establishment of or operating funds for a statewide quitline.
- Debt reduction or third-party reimbursement.
- Tobacco cessation and prevention/education services to minors age 17 and under.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: March 29, 2019, 4:00 p.m. HST. Notification of awards will be sent in June 2019.

All grant awards under this RFP are contingent on HCF and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health entering into a 5-year contract effective July 1, 2019. If the contract is not entered by July 1, 2019, grant awards may be delayed, deferred or cancelled. HCF will notify awardees of the expected grant start date.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Larissa Kick

Tom Matsuda

Lisa Kimura

Neighbor Islands may call the toll-free number at 1-888-731-3863.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii