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Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition Programs in Targeted Areas

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits and Agencies
for Tobacco Use Prevention in Designated Counties

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Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) - Office of Tobacco Control (OTC)

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06/15/18 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Mississippi nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote tobacco use cessation, prevent the initiation of tobacco use, reduce second-hand smoke exposure, and eliminate disparities related to tobacco. Grantees will work to develop and implement community coalitions in the following designated areas: Choctaw, Montgomery, Webster, Leake, Attala, and Winston Counties.


The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is committed to promoting and protecting the health of all Mississippians. The MSDH Office of Tobacco Control (OTC) implements a range of integrated programmatic activities to encourage and support tobacco-free lifestyles, including the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition program. The Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition program is comprised of community-based coalitions that address preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting tobacco cessation services, and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.

The MSDH Office of Tobacco Control is requesting proposals from qualified organizations for the development and implementation of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition program in targeted areas (Attachment A). It is the intent of the OTC to fund a single, discrete, local entity in the targeted areas to build the capacity of the state to implement tobacco control activities. The applicant should be recognized as a local community-based organization in the area to be served. Proposals from organizations without a permanent presence in the targeted area are discouraged. To facilitate coalition activities in all areas of the state, the OTC reserves the right to negotiate acceptable arrangements with any coalition grantee (with preference given to those in contiguous counties) for the implementation of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition Program.

Proposals will be considered from qualified organizations to develop and implement the community coalition program in targeted areas.

Scope of Projects:

The successful applicant will work in tandem with the MSDH OTC in the delivery of the statewide tobacco prevention and control program. The comprehensive tobacco program requirements are as follows:

General Coalition:

Program Requirements:
-Develop, identify and implement a General Coalition. The General Coalition membership is made up of people from the community who are interested in and willing to participate in tobacco prevention and control activities. The coalition will work to enhance state and local tobacco control efforts by mobilizing communities, advocating for policies and changing social norms.
-A General Coalition is defined as a group of individuals who work together for a specific purpose. A General Coalition will consist of the same individuals, who meet at a minimum once per quarter, to work on tobacco control programs or activities (January 1 – June 30).
-The General Coalition membership should have a minimum of fifteen (15) members throughout the year.
-Members must be diverse in race, age and gender reflective of the counties served.
-The General Coalition must include members from professions/organizations including healthcare, law enforcement, education, government, faith-based organizations, media, social organizations, businesses and mental health.


Program Requirements - Grades Kindergarten through Twelve:
-Develop, identify and implement (with the approval of OTC) age-appropriate,
evidence-based tobacco prevention programmatic activities to be implemented in a community and/or school setting.
-Programmatic activities are defined as those activities conducted with the same group of individuals over a period of time (on at least 3 separate occasions).
-Develop, identify and implement youth tobacco prevention teams among school-age youth in each county served.
-Teams may be organized in public schools, private schools, Boys/Girls Clubs, sports teams, faith-based organizations, and/or any setting where youth are present.
-K-6th Grade Youth: Organize a minimum of eight (4) teams per county; in four (2) different sites with at least one (1) in a non-school setting.
-7th -12th Grade Youth: Organize a minimum of eight (4) teams per county; in four (2) different sites with at least one (1) in a non-school setting.

Grades Seventh through Twelve:
-Develop or identify and implement age-appropriate, evidence-based programmatic activities that will provide youth engagement and advocacy opportunities.
-Youth engagement involves providing the opportunity for young people to gain the ability and authority to make decisions that help improve the policy environment, change social norms, and reduce smoking initiation and consumption in their communities. Activities include: regional and/or statewide youth advocacy academies; grassroots events; statewide youth advocacy teams; awareness.

Program Requirements:
-Develop or identify and implement age-appropriate awareness activities to support programmatic activities. Awareness activities are defined as those activities conducted with a single group of individuals on one occasion.
-Develop or identify and implement special awareness activities, including but not limited to: Kick Butts Day, Great American Smoke-out
-Develop, identify and conduct awareness presentations monthly to adults in each county served.


The MSDH Office of Communications produces a variety of communications and advocacy materials to inform media outlets, the general public and partners in the public health community about tobacco prevention, policy and news.

Program Requirements:
-Develop and submit communication messages, approved by the MSDH Communications Department, to appropriate media outlets.
-Advertise, announce and promote special events to keep the community informed about
program activities.

Advocacy and Policy:

For the purpose of this RFP, advocacy means those activities and initiatives that result in policy change. The outcomes requested in this RFP are to increase local residents and elected officials knowledge about the benefits of smoke-free environments and increase comprehensive smoke-free air policies.

Program Requirements:
-Conduct monthly Secondhand Smoke presentations in each county served, to local businesses, social organizations, faith-based organizations, etc., using the material provided by the Office of Tobacco Control.
-Work with municipalities that do not have comprehensive smoke-free air ordinances.
-Recognize cities that enact comprehensive smoke-free ordinances.
-Educate the general public on current laws pertaining to smoke-free policies.


Tobacco cessation interventions offer both healthcare system-based and population-based interventions that provide services to the individual tobacco user, which includes the ACT Center and the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline.

Program Requirements:
-Refer individuals interested in quitting to the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline.
-Distribute Quitline signage or brochures, provided by the MSDH, to medical and dental
facilities in each county served.
-Distribute MSDH issued youth tobacco prevention coloring pages to healthcare provider
offices and/or restaurants within each county served.
-Distribute Mississippi Tobacco Quitline fliers promoting web-based services on all 4-
year university/college campuses and all 2-year community college campuses in each county served.

Additional Program Requirements:
-Identify the goals and objectives of the tobacco prevention program and describe the plans to achieve stated goals and objectives.
-Provide a timeline for program development, implementation, and evaluation.
-Specify methods to incorporate the prevention program into the MSDH OTC's Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition program and other organizations throughout the state.
-Identify community partners to ensure strategies related to tobacco prevention and control are a collaborative effort and that populations with tobacco-related disparities are addressed.

It is recommended that the applicant incorporate concepts outlined in the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program: Coalitions and the Mississippi Tobacco Control and Prevention: Strategic Plan

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183067

Estimated Size of Grant:

Target Area/Counties
-Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Choctaw, Montgomery, and Webster Counties: Up to $58,670
-Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Leake, Attala, and Winston Counties: Up to $63,370.

Term of Contract:

The project period will begin on approximately January 1, 2018 and conclude on June 30, 2018.

Multi-year noncompetitive renewal funding will be based upon the availability of funds and quality of work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from private, not-for-profit organizations, existing coalitions and public or local government agencies (schools, municipalities and their subunits, etc.). The organization must have sufficient financial resources available to meet program deadlines without advance payment from MSDH (MSDH will reimburse for services and materials upon delivery and receipt of monthly itemized invoices).

The organization must submit a disclosure of current or past affiliations or contractual relationships with major tobacco companies, owners, affiliates, subsidiaries, holding companies, or companies involved in any way with the production, processing, distribution, promotion, sale, or use of tobacco. The successful applicant will be required not to accept relationships with major tobacco companies during the contract term with MSDH.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit completed applications on or before Friday, June 15, 2018 by 5:00 PM CST.

Contact Information:

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

Charlotte Williams
P: 601-991-6050
F: 601-956-4981

Mississippi State Department of Health
Office of Tobacco Control
805 S. Wheatley Street, Suite #400-A
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi: Choctaw, Montgomery, Webster, Leake, Attala, and Winston Counties