Truth Initiative is opening a final round of its 2016-17 Community College Grant Initiative specifically for the state of California – which has sought ways to get tobacco off its state university and community college campuses.

California community colleges can apply for a grant of up to $7,500 to advocate for, adopt and implement a 100 percent smoke-free or tobacco-free policy by submitting a proposal between August 15 and September 30 at 5:00 PM PDT.

In addition to financial support, grantees will receive technical assistance through education webinars, access to online learning communities, and one-on-one consultations facilitated by Truth Initiative.

Eligible campuses will begin receiving funding and support in December.

“The grant and technical support provided by Truth Initiative can help set California’s community colleges up for success as they prepare to move towards a smoke-free environment,” said Alex Parks, Director of Truth Initiative’s Community and Youth Engagement program.

Support for preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, helping tobacco users quit and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke on college campuses has skyrocketed in recent years. The number of colleges and universities with 100 percent smoke-free and tobacco-free policies has tripled from 446 campuses in 2010 to 1,483 campuses in 2016.

To help colleges that serve populations at particular risk of smoking and smoking-related illness join the growing movement, Truth Initiative has already awarded over $700,000 in grants to 69 public community colleges in 30 states across the country. Those campuses serve close to 1 million students and touch nearly 70,000 faculty and staff. So far, 29 colleges have adopted 100 percent tobacco or smoke-free policies.

“With more than 99 percent of current smokers starting before the age of 27, college campuses are critical partners in reducing tobacco use and death,” said Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative. “As the first national initiatives focused on community colleges, we want to help them make smoking and tobacco use a thing of the past.”

Interested grant applicants may watch an informational webinar.

All applications must be submitted using Truth Initiative’s online application system.

Download the instructions and templates below:

            Grant Guidelines

Application Templates and Samples:

            Project Work Plan Template

            Budget Template

            Budget Narrative Sample

For more information, please contact Alex Parks or Denise Smith at Truth Initiative by phone at 202-454-5555 or by email at [email protected].