Tobacco-Free College Program
Grants to USA Minority-Serving IHEs to
Implement No-Smoking Policies on Campus
Implement No-Smoking Policies on Campus
Foundation / Corporation
10/11/17 5:00 PM ET
Grants of up to $20,000 to USA and territories minority-serving universities, colleges, and community colleges to support the development and implementation of campus-wide no-smoking policies. Proposals must contain an element of student engagement. In addition to funding, grantees will receive technical assistance through learning communities, webinars, and one-on-one consultations throughout the project period.
Support for 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policies on college campuses has skyrocketed in recent years. The number of college and universities with 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policies tripled from 446 campuses in 2010 to 1827 campuses in 2016.1 With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 27, college campuses are critical to preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all.
Since 2015, Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 135 historically black colleges and universities and community colleges to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policy.
About Truth Initiative:
Truth Initiative is America’s largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. Truth Initiative speaks, seeks and spreads the truth about tobacco through education, tobacco-control research and policy studies and community activism and engagement.
Truth Initiative recognizes and honors the fact that tobacco may have a sacred cultural place in American Indian life. Many Native American tribes use tobacco for spiritual, ceremonial, and traditional healing purposes. Truth Initiative, therefore, distinguishes traditional, ceremonial and spiritual use of tobacco from its commercial use. Truth Initiative promotes tobacco control efforts that do not target traditional tobacco.
Grants will support efforts to engage and mobilize the student population and create support among faculty, staff and administration with the goal of adopting and implementing a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policy at MSIs or community colleges. The policy must be college-wide, affecting all campuses. Grantees that adopt a policy early in the project year should focus efforts on policy implementation.
Note that materials needed to execute national truth advocacy campaigns will be provided to grantees and do not need to be included in the budget.
Allowable costs for student engagement (must be at least 15% of total budget) include but are limited to:
-Printing/production of educational and marketing materials
-Expenses for a student engagement event or advocacy action including speaker fees, room rental, AV equipment, food, and supplies
-Printing/production of items to promote a tobacco-free environment such as pins, buttons, t-shirts, socks, fidget spinners, hacky sacks, etc. All youth and young adult items utilizing the truth logo will be designed by Truth Initiative and provided to colleges for production.
-Incentives for student participation in surveys or research
Additional allowable project-related costs include:
-Personnel costs including staff time or stipends for student interns
-Development and printing of smoke-free/tobacco-free policy signage
-Meeting and event expenses including speaker fees, room rental, AV equipment, and food
-Photocopying and printing costs
-Indirect or overhead cost, not to exceed 8% of total request
100% Smoke-Free or Tobacco-Free Policy Definition:
A 100% tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, small cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco (otherwise known as dip, chew, snuff, spit, and snus) and other smokeless products. It can include nicotine delivery devices such as electronic cigarettes. The primary concern of a tobacco-free policy is overall health, sanitation, and the environment. Also, a comprehensive tobacco-free policy may also address tobacco sales, marketing, sponsorship and investments.
A 100% smoke-free policy is one that prohibits the use of smoke-producing tobacco, such as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, small cigars, pipes, and hookah. It can include nicotine delivery devices such as electronic cigarettes. The primary concern of a smoke-free policy is secondhand smoke.
With either policy, smoking and/or the use of smokeless tobacco products are strictly prohibited in all indoor and all outdoor campus property, including parking lots, facilities, and vehicles, whether owned, rented, or leased. Designated smoking areas on campus are prohibited. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose for their visit.
Truth Initiative recognizes and honors the fact that tobacco may have a sacred cultural place in American Indian life. Tobacco used for sacred, ceremonial, or traditional purposes may be exempt from policies.
Up to $20,000
The project period is February 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 (17 months).
The goal of this program is to adopt a policy by June 2019.
Please note that this program uses the general term “college” to refer to an institution of higher education such as a university, college, community college, etc.
Funding is available only to minority-serving institutions of higher education (MSIs) and public community colleges in the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and five US territories which signed the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands). Applicants must be either an MSI or a public community college as described below:
Minority-serving institutions are defined by the Department of Education as institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students, or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress.
Under part F of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S. Code § 1067q – “Investment in historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions,” the following institutions are eligible to receive funds under that section and therefore eligible to apply for a grant under Truth Initiative’s Tobacco-Free College Program:
-(1) a part B institution (a historically Black college or university)(§322 of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. §1061);
-(2) a Hispanic-serving institution (§502 of the HEA,20 U.S.C.§1101a);
-(3) a Tribal College or University (§316 of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. §1059c); o (4) an Alaska Native-serving institution or a Native Hawaiian-serving institution (§317(b) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. §1059d(b);
-(5) a Predominantly Black Institution (§§318(b) and 371(c)(9) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. §§ 1059e(b) and 1067q(c)(9));
-(6) an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution (§§ 320(b) and 371(c)(2) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. §§1059g(b) and 1067q(c)(2); or
-(7) a Native American-serving nontribal institution (§§319(b) and 371(c)(8) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. §§ 1059f(b) and 1067q(c)(8)
Community colleges are defined as institutions that primarily grant two-year associate degrees and are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies.
Eligible colleges must fall into at least one of the categories described above.
Eligible colleges include those that do not currently have a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policy. For example:
-If your college currently does not have a smoke-free policy or your college has less than a 100% smoke-free policy (for example, smoking is prohibited in buildings but permitted in designated areas on campus), you may apply for funds to support the advocacy, adoption, and implementation of a 100% smoke-free policy or 100% tobacco-free policy.
-If your college currently has a 100% smoke-free policy and you want to strengthen it to adopt a 100% tobacco-free policy, you are not eligible.
-If your college currently has a 100% smoke-free policy and you want to strengthen it to include additional products such as e-cigarettes, you are not eligible.
-If your college currently has a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy and you want funding to support implementation efforts, you are not eligible.
Colleges that received or are receiving Truth Initiative funding through the HBCU or Community College Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free College Grant Program are not eligible for this current grant program.
Any official entity – department, administrative unit, sanctioned group or club, etc. – within a college may apply with authorization of the college administration. For example, the college president’s office, nursing department, college health center, facilities management department, or student government may apply. If approved, the grant will be awarded to the college and the official entity that applied (department, administrative unit, sanctioned group or club, etc.) will be responsible for carrying out the grant activities. College foundations may also apply on behalf of the college. Applicants will be required to provide one letter of support for the project from an authorized representative of the college administration.
All applicants must identify a project lead. The project lead must be a member of the college faculty or staff. Students cannot be the project lead but are required to be involved with coordination of project activities and advocacy campaigns.
To avoid any real, potential, or perceived conflict of interest between Truth Initiative’s grant recipients and any tobacco-related entities, Truth Initiative will not award funding to any applicant that is in current receipt of any grant monies or in-kind contribution from any tobacco manufacturer, distributor, or other tobacco-related entity. In addition, Truth Initiative requires that an awardee will not accept any grant monies or in-kind contribution from any tobacco manufacturer, distributor, or other tobacco-related entity over the duration of the grant.
Unallowable project-related costs include:
-Nicotine replacement therapy
-Equipment expenses (such as computers, film equipment, etc.)
Interested applicants are invited to participate in a grant information webinar scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time).
Participation is optional. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the Truth Initiative website.
-Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement Released: July 2017
-Grant Information Webinar for Potential Applicants: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and Thursday, September 14, 2017
-Applications Due: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern
-Award Notifications: Mid December 2017
-Project Start Date: On or around February 1, 2018
-Project End Date: June 30, 2019
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register for the September 14 informational webinar:
If you have questions about the online application system (for example, how to create an online account or upload a file), please contact:
Robin Scott, Grants Manager
If you have programmatic questions about the initiative (for example, eligibility, required program elements, or allowable activities), please contact:
Kristen Tertzakian, Assistant Director of Community Engagement
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