Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) - Office of Tobacco Control (OTC)
Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $5,000 to Mississippi government agencies for programs to promote smoke-free environments throughout the State. Funding is intended to support city and countywide public meetings, media, educational activities about secondhand smoke, tobacco-free educational materials, and community improvement projects that increase access to clean air.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control (OTC), in collaboration with the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, is providing technical assistance funds for Mississippi's local and county governments interested in educating their citizens on the benefits of smokefree air and the protections that comprehensive (smoke-, vapor-, and aerosol-free) air policies can provide.
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 MSDH Office of Tobacco Control 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 goal of the program is to assist elected officials throughout Mississippi in protecting the health of their citizens by promoting smokefree public environments.
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
- 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#: 184744
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.
Note: 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 the contract (between the MSDH and the applicant) must be completed by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 of the current fiscal year. Invoices not received by the deadline will not be reimbursed.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit all requirements in a sealed envelope or package to:
Mississippi State Department of Health
Office of Tobacco Control
Attn: Billy Rucker
805 S. Wheatley Street, Suite 400-A
Ridgeland, MS 39157