For Immediate Release: January 16, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health will issue grants totaling more than $1 million beginning in July 2008 to fund community tobacco control initiatives statewide. The Department of Health issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grant applicants on January 15.
The two-year grants will fund local efforts to prevent youth tobacco use, reduce adult tobacco use, lessen exposure to secondhand-smoke and decrease tobacco-related disparities among Vermonters – the core goals of the Tobacco Control Program. The community RFP is developed to ensure that community efforts support statewide initiatives.
Tobacco control grants have been made available to communities since 2001, through the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) dollars awarded to Vermont each year by tobacco manufacturers.
“Funds distributed to communities in the past have clearly contributed to the significant reductions in the youth and adult smoking rates in Vermont,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “Tobacco use in Vermont, however, continues to be a major health concern, and we are confident that the organizations that compete for these funds will make a substantial improvement in the overall health of our state.”
The Health Department will work to align the tobacco funds with other grant programs like New Directions and CHAMPPS (Coordinated Healthy Activity, Motivation and Prevention Programs). The overall goal is to use the RFP process to create new partners statewide that can address tobacco issues and strengthen tobacco cessation and prevention initiatives already underway.
Organizations eligible to apply include coalitions and community partnerships, public and private not-for-profit organizations and municipalities.
Proposals will be due to the Department of Health on February 29, 2008. The grant period is July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, with a 1-year renewal option.
Tobacco community grant applicants are encouraged to call in to one of two optional applicant training sessions to be offered via conference call on January 18 and 23 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively. Registration for these conference call training sessions is required.
For the Request for Proposal (RFP), details regarding the applicant training, and the applicant training registration form, visit the Tobacco Control Program Community page of the Vermont Department of Health web site: http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/tobacco/community.aspx