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Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program

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
What kind of projects will NOT be funded?
  • The grants program does not fund education programs (school-based or otherwise) nor does it fund agricultural or crop-substitution programs.
  • Nor does the grants program fund basic research, academic studies, prevalence surveys or cessation services.
  • Systematic surveys of adult prevalence are being undertaken separately with the support of the Bloomberg Initiative and are not funded through the grants program.
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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