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Youth Tobacco Prevention Services

Grants to Mississippi For-Profits and Nonprofits
for Programs to Reduce Tobacco Use in Youth

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

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 5:00 PM Central Standard Time Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi nonprofits and businesses for programs to reduce tobacco use in at-risk secondary school youth. Funding is intended for programs taking place in secondary schools with high poverty rates, minority populations, rural populations, or significant homeless populations.

The program is designed to 1) engage at-risk youth (grades 9th -12th) in tobacco prevention activities, 2) reduce at-risk youth’s access to tobacco products, and 3) increase at-risk youth’s exposure to effective anti-tobacco messaging.

MSDH OTC’s youth tobacco prevention program is a multi-component framework that addresses these three essential goals through mobilizing youth activists (Youth Engagement Pathway), promoting tobacco-free environments (Tobacco-free Community Pathway), and increasing youth’s affinity toward anti-tobacco branding and messaging (Brand Affinity Pathway).

Expected Outcomes:

Grant funds may only be used for:
- Staff salary(ies)
- Program-related travel
- Supplies
- Limited amount of equipment with prior MSDH OTC approval (i.e., program-related computer(s), printer, etc.)
- Other expenses directly related to program development and implementation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185199

Estimated Size of Grant:

First-year program budget should not exceed $500,000.

Term of Contract:

The contract period for all proposals should begin July 1, 2019 and conclude June 30, 2020. All tobacco prevention activities should end March 31, 2020.

This is a 5-year program. Annual renewals will be based upon the availability of funds and quality of work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from nonprofits and for-profits that have a demonstrated history of successful youth engagement. The organization must have sufficient financial resources available to meet program deadlines without advance payment from MSDH.

Due to the nature of this cooperative grant agreement, preference will be given to those organizations that have a permanent presence in Mississippi and those that have proven their effectiveness in tobacco prevention or youth engagement via strong scientific evidence. Proposals from organizations outside the state of Mississippi will be reviewed as long as the applicant demonstrates the capacity to successfully implement tobacco prevention activities within the state of Mississippi.

Grant recipients cannot:
- Accept funding from or support from the tobacco industry, or
- Have board members or others in decision-making positions that are associated with tobacco companies.

Grant funds may not be used for:
- Renovation
- Construction
- Other items deemed inappropriate by the funding agency
- Costs associated with responding to this request for proposals

Pre-Application Information:

RFP Schedule:
- RFP Posted on the MSDH Website: January 18, 2019
- Deadline for Written Questions & Requests for Clarification: January 25, 2019, 5:00 PM CST
- Responses to Questions & Requests for Clarification Posted: January 31, 2019
- Proposal Due: March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM CST
- Prepare Submitted Proposals for Evaluation: March 4-5, 2019
- Proposals Evaluation Period: March 6-19, 2019
- Send Out Instructions for Oral Presentations (if needed): March 21, 2019
- Oral Presentations (if needed): March 28, 2019
- Notify Each Agency that Submitted a Proposal: April 5, 2019
- Grantee Orientation: July 1, 2019

After proposals are submitted, MSDH OTC may request presentations and/or demonstrations of the activities proposed in response to the RFP. MSDH OTC shall contact proposers to schedule such presentations/demonstrations.

Funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

Billy Rucker, Director of Youth Programs

Submit Proposals To:

Office of Tobacco Control
805 South Wheatley Street, Suite 400-A
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi