The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for its Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest funding opportunity.
Tobacco use remains the number-one cause of preventable deaths in the United States and disproportionately harms people of color, people with lower incomes, and people living in rural areas — especially in the South and Midwest.
To address the problem, 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.
Grants of up to $1.5 million will fund up to half a dozen two-year projects aimed at addressing tobacco-related inequities. The funding is intended to support organizations working with and representing black residents, lower-income residents, and rural residents in the following thirteen 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. Although projects do not have to focus on rural areas, the foundation anticipates that it will fund at least one project with a significant rural component. Proposals that do not focus on all thirteen states should make clear why they are choosing to focus on a particular state or states and how they expect their work will spread to other states over the next five years.
A history of working on commercial tobacco control and prevention is not required; however, it is expect that funded organizations will work closely with organizations that focus on commercial tobacco control and prevention. Applications are encouraged that include regranting to support community-based organizations or efforts.
The foundation will be hosting an informational webinar on July 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Brief proposals are due August 29. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 11, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must either be a public entity or a tax-exempt nonprofit organization as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be based in the United States or one of its territories.
See the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to register for the webinar.