Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program is jointly managed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund

If current trends continue, tobacco-related deaths will number around one billion in the 21st century. Tobacco kills more than six million people each year, almost 14,000 people every day.  More than two-thirds of tobacco deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. (The Tobacco Atlas)

Since 2006, Michael R. Bloomberg has committed almost US$1 billion to support an initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, through Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Initiative will continue to support tobacco control organizations and governments in low- and middle-income countries through to 2022.

The Grants Program is a priority of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is implemented though its partner organizations: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Vital Strategies, and the World Health Organization. 


A global initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries was launched in 2006 with funds from Michael R. Bloomberg. A competitively awarded grants program is an important part of the Initiative. The grants program supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact evidence-based tobacco control interventions.

The grants program is managed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
In the first nineteen rounds of the grants program, 195 grants were approved in 53 countries.

Which countries are eligible?
While applications are welcome from all low- and middle-income countries (as categorized by the World Bank), the Initiative places a priority on countries with the greatest number of tobacco users.

Approximately two-thirds of the world's tobacco users live in fourteen countries: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Ukraine, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Who can apply for a grant?
Governmental and non-governmental organizations based in eligible countries can apply for grants.
1) Governmental organizations include, but are not limited to, national Ministries, state/provincial authorities and affiliate offices.
2) Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with relevant advocacy experience aimed at changing or implementing policies including but not limited to civil society organizations and educational institutions.
3) Applicants must be recognized legal registered entities capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds and assuming legal and financial obligations.
4) NGO applicants cannot be the recipients of financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer.

The grants program does not fund individuals.

If you are a current BI grantee please discuss the development of your Project Idea with your assigned technical advisor or program officer before submitting.

What kind of projects will be funded?
  • Proposals must focus on achieving policy change that will lead to substantial reductions in tobacco use. The grants program gives priority to projects that lead to sustainable improvements in tobacco control laws, regulations, policies and programs at the national or sub-national level (e.g. provinces, states), including (but not restricted to):
  • Tax and price measures, including anti-smuggling measures
  • Direct and indirect advertising bans and effective enforcement of bans, including promotion and sponsorship
  • Establishment of smoke-free workplaces and public places, and effective enforcement of smoke-free policies
  • Implementation of graphic warning labels on tobacco products
  • Other evidence-based regulatory/legislative initiatives
The grants program can also support, where improving tobacco policy is their central goal:
  • Development of strategic alliances and coalitions
  • Monitoring & Countering Industry behaviour and practices
  • Strategic litigation
How much funding can a project receive?
  • Proposals can be submitted for grants from US$50,000 up to a maximum amount of US$500,000. Short-term, one-year or two-year project proposals will be considered.
  • Funding levels should be consistent with the scope and capacity of your organization. Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.

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