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Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Midwestern and
Southern States for Tobacco Policy Reform to Reduce Inequities

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

11/11/19 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits and public entities for programs that build capacity to reduce inequities related to tobacco use in Midwestern and Southern states. A brief proposal must be submitted before applying. Funding is intended to address inequities among lower-income, rural, and black residents of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Proposals can focus on a single state, on multiple states, or the entire region.

Through this funding opportunity, RWJF seeks to support and engage black community members, persons of lower socioeconomic status, and rural residents in the South and Midwest in order to increase their ability to advocate for stronger, locally or regionally driven tobacco-control and prevention policies and practices.

Proposals can, but do not have to focus on all three populations. Proposals should state clearly which populations the applicants will focus on and why. Although projects do not have to focus on rural areas, it is anticipated that at least one project with a significant rural component will be funded. RWJF is interested in and encourages applications that include regranting to support community-based organizations or efforts.

Proposals should describe how a project will build capacity to advocate for stronger commercial tobacco-control prevention policies and practices within the geographic region and among the focus populations described below. Examples of advocacy activities that could be supported through this project include: policy analysis, strategic communications, coalition building, policymaker education, and informing regulatory implementation. Proposals do not have to describe the specific policies and practices the project will focus on, but should articulate the process applicants will use to identify specific policies and practices.

For examples of policies and practices that are likely to advance health equity, see:

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186388

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Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual project budgets should not exceed $1.5 million.

Term of Contract:

Projects should run 24 months and may be renewed. January 15, 2020 is the anticipated grant start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The successful applicant organization should have:

- A demonstrated history of managing funds (e.g., foundation or government) to support nonlobbying advocacy efforts;
- Strong previous or current relationships with legal counsel with expertise in the lobbying and political activity restrictions that apply to public charities and private foundations;
- Applicant organizations must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation;
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

RWJF is also interested in organizations partnering together to oversee projects, but asks that one of the joint applicants be named as the project lead (i.e., the organization responsible for administering the grant and reporting to RWJF).

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to subsidize individuals for the costs of their health care, to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest Webinar

Jul 17, 2019 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:

- July 17, 2019 (2 p.m. ET) Applicant webinar.
- August 29, 2019 (3 p.m. ET) - Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
- September 3–September 27: Follow-up interviews with select applicants.
- November 11, 2019 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
- January 15, 2020: Anticipated grant start date.

There are two phases in the competitive proposal process:

- Phase 1: Brief Proposals
- Phase 2: Full Proposals: Selected Phase 1 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal narrative


Contact Information:

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

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Please direct inquiries to:

Matthew Pierce, program officer

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USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Indiana;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Michigan;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   West Virginia

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