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Tobacco Products on Campuses

Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program Grant

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Truth Initiative

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Deadline Date:

01/20/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000, grants of up to $20,000, and in-kind support to USA and territories qualifying institutions of higher education to end tobacco use on college campuses. Funding is intended to encourage community colleges and minority-serving institutions to enact a tobacco and vape-free policy. In addition to funds, grantees of the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program receive guidance through webinars, in-person training, and one-on-one consultations throughout the grant period.

A 100% tobacco/vape-free policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, small cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco (otherwise known as dip, chew, snuff, spit, and snus) and other smokeless products. Primary concern of a tobacco/vape-free policy is overall health, sanitation, and the environment. Also, a comprehensive tobacco/vape-free policy may also address tobacco (including vape) sales, marketing, sponsorship and investments.

The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited in all indoor and all outdoor campus property, including parking lots, facilities, and vehicles, whether owned, rented, or leased. Designated smoking areas on campus are prohibited. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose for their visit.

Truth Initiative recognizes and honors the fact that tobacco may have a sacred cultural place in American Indian life. Tobacco used for sacred, ceremonial, or traditional purposes may be exempt from policies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172501

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Truth Initiative Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program is offering grants of up to $20,000.

Eligible minority-serving institutions and community colleges that that do not have a 100% tobacco- and vape-free policy can apply for grants of up to $20,000.

To combat the vaping epidemic, Truth Initiative is offering grants of up to $10,000 to minority-serving institutions and community colleges to strengthen their 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies by adding e-cigarettes.

Grantees of the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program receive guidance through webinars, an in-person training and one-on-one consultations throughout the grant period.

Term of Contract:

The project period will start on or around June 1, 2022 and end on December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available only to minority-serving institutions of higher education (MSIs) and public community colleges in the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and five US territories which signed the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands).
Applicants must be either an MSI or a public community college as described below:
- Minority-serving institutions are defined by the Department of Education as institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress. For further information, see
- Community colleges are defined as institutions that primarily grant two-year associate degrees and are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies.
- Eligible colleges must fall into at least one of the categories described above.
- Eligible colleges include those that do not currently have a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy. For further information see

Colleges that received or are receiving Truth Initiative funding through the HBCU or Community College Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free College Grant Program are not eligible for this current grant program. In addition, colleges that received funding from the American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative are not eligible for this grant program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for an informational webinar on Oct. 19 or Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. ET to learn more about the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Grant Program. Participation is optional. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the Truth Initiative website.

October 19 Webinar:

November 4 Webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to apply: Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 5:00 p.m ET

Key Dates:
- Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement Released: October 5, 2021
- Grant Information Webinar for Potential Applicants: October 19 and November 4 at 3 p.m. Eastern time
- Applications Due: Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. Eastern time
- Award Notifications: Early-May 2022
- Project Start Date: On or around June 1, 2022
- Project End Date: December 31, 2023

Watch an informational webinar to learn more about the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Grant Program:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application System:

Please direct questions to Kristen Tertzakian, Director of Community Engagement and Grants at or 202-615-4015.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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