Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) - Office of Tobacco Control (OTC)
Grants of up to $5,000 to Mississippi city and county governments and grants of up to $2,500 to town and village governments for public outreach and education programs that address the benefits of a smokefree environment. Funding is intended to support technical assistance for local governments interested in educating residents on the benefits of smokefree air and the protections of comprehensive (smoke-, vapor-, and aerosol-free) air policies.
Exposure to secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in nonsmokers. The United States Surgeon General reports there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), implementing programs and policies to influence societal systems across local communities has the greatest positive, long lasting impact on the health of the general public.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control (OTC) is committed to promoting and protecting the health of all Mississippians. Each year approximately 500 non-smoking Mississippians die as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. One of the four primary goals of the OTC is to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in public places.
The OTC implements a range of integrated programmatic activities to encourage and support tobacco-free lifestyles, including the Technical Assistance Grant for Smokefree Air Community Education. The OTC is soliciting proposals from local and county governments that are interested in educating constituents on the benefits of smokefree air and the protections comprehensive smokefree policies can provide. The goal of the program is to assist elected officials throughout Mississippi in protecting the health of their citizens by promoting smokefree public environments.
The MSDH Office of Tobacco Control is requesting proposals from Mississippi’s local and county governments. The current opportunity is for municipalities with a comprehensive plan to educate their communities on the benefits of smokefree air. These efforts must be scheduled and strategic.
Use of grant funds must be in accordance with the approved proposal and scope of work. Any deviations must be approved by the OTC.
Grant funding may be used for:
a. Where applicable, secondhand smoke reduction activities that have been adopted by local or county officials as part of a health and wellness councils’ plan and that pertain to this RFP, to include: public meetings, not funded by other entities (original proof of purchase must be provided); smokefree/tobacco-free educational materials; and paid media.
b. Educational activities about citizen access to clean air or secondhand smoke reduction.
c. Community improvement projects that increase citizen access to clean air or secondhand smoke reduction.
GrantWatch ID#: 182670
Each proposal will compete for funding amounts up to $5,000 depending on size and the plan of action
Approximate funding levels are as follows:
(a) Up to $5,000 for city or county governments; or
(b) Up to $2,500 for town or village government.
At time of incorporation, municipalities with populations of more than 2,000 are classified as cities, municipalities containing between 301 and 2000 persons are considered towns, and municipalities between 100 and 300 persons are called villages.
Activities associated with this contract must be completed by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 of the current fiscal year.
Proposals will be accepted from municipal governments in the State of Mississippi that are introducing the benefits of smokefree air and the protections of smokefree air policies to their community members.
In order to protect the at-risk population, the health education must take place in an area where there is no comprehensive smokefree policy. The funding level will be in accordance with the communication activities outlined in the plan submitted by the municipality and approved by the OTC.
This opportunity is not available under the following circumstances:
a. This opportunity is not available to municipalities that have a comprehensive smokefree policy in place.
b. Municipalities that have a partial smokefree policy are not eligible for this opportunity.
c. Municipalities that apply and receive any amount of funds through the current opportunity are not eligible to reapply for additional funding, even if they did not receive the full amount available for their community size.
d. Municipalities that have already received funds in any amount through the Technical Assistance Grant for Smokefree Community Policies *2010 – 2016 are not eligible for this opportunity even if they do not have a comprehensive smokefree policy.
Grant funding may not be used for and the applicant will not be funded for:
(a) Items deemed inappropriate by the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Office of Tobacco Control
(b) Costs associated with responding to this request for proposals
Grant recipients cannot:
(a) Accept funding or support from the tobacco industry
(b) Have individuals in decision-making positions that are associated with tobacco companies
Completed proposals are due no later than Thursday, February 28, 2019.
All proposals will be opened and reviewed by a committee within 14 days of being received by the Office of Tobacco Control.
Grant funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit Proposal to:
Mississippi State Department of Health
Office of Tobacco Control
Attn: Billy Rucker
805 S. Wheatley Street, Suite 400-A
Ridgeland, MS 39157