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Smokefree Air Community Education Grant

Grants to Mississippi Agencies for Programs to
Reduce Secondhand Smoke in Public Environments

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

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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184744

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Guidelines:

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 – 2017 are not eligible for this opportunity even if they do not have a comprehensive smokefree policy.

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

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

Pre-Application Information:

Completed proposals are due no later than Thursday, February 28, 2019.

The application package should be submitted to the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control.

All contact should be directed to Billy Rucker. Contacts or attempts to contact or solicit information from any other party within the MSDH may place your proposal in jeopardy of being disqualified.

Facsimile (faxes) and electronic submissions will not be accepted.

All proposals will be reviewed by a committee within 14 days of being received by the Office of Tobacco Control. Applicants will be notified if the application did not meet submission requirements.

Applications may be approved but not funded. Those applications may be retained for funding consideration during a subsequent grant review cycle.

Except to the extent that specified items of commercial and financial information of a proprietary nature or designated trade secrets are clearly marked or identified as being sensitive data, all materials provided by the applicant, including budget and financial data, information concerning business systems and procedures, personnel participation data and personnel qualification information, and other unique program descriptions and intellectual property identified by the applicant will be subject to disclosure by the MSDH

This grant is made in the form of reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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


Billy Rucker

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