Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants for Developing Countries

Call for Proposals: Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants for Developing Countries 2017

Bloomberg is calling for proposals with solutions on how to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries of the world.

Application Deadline: 7th July 2017

Eligible Countries: Low- and Middle-income countries (World Bank)

About the Award: 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 eighteen rounds of the grants program, 195 grants were approved in 53 countries.

Type: Grants

Eligibility: 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.

Selection Criteria: 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

Number of Awardees: Several

Value of Grants: 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 the applying organization.  Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants should first submit a short “Project Idea” using the online system at:
  • Applicants may submit more than one Project Idea, however, duplicate proposals will be deemed ineligible.
  • The deadline for submitting Project Ideas is 12:00 hours, US Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hours) on Friday, 7 July 2017.
  • Applications will only be accepted in English.

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: Bloomberg

Important Notes: Alongside other important criteria, priority will be given to candidates with the capacity to establish good communication and coordination with project partners (including the government, as appropriate) early in the application process.

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