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Hawai‘i Community Foundation
Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund

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Tobacco Prevent and Control

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. In Hawai‘i alone, smoking claims 1,400 lives each year and creates $526 million in annual healthcare costs.

Since 2000, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) has administered the Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund under a contract with the Department of Health (DOH). Since its inception, the state has achieved significant declines in smoking rates for both adults and youth.

In partnership with the DOH, HCF implements a statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s best practices. This includes state and community interventions (advocacy efforts and prevention community grant program), health communication interventions, cessation interventions (Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline and My Life, My Quit) and a cessation community grant program), surveillance and evaluation, and administration and management.

HCF’s Adult Cessation grant program supports community-based cessation programs that assist adults in priority populations (persons with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, LGBTQ+ communities, and low socio-economic status populations) to end tobacco use.

2019-2024 Tobacco Cessation Grantee Cohort

Big Island Substance Abuse Council
Community Clinic of Maui: Mālama I Ke Ola
Hāmākua-Kohala Health Center
Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center
Hawaiʻi Island Community Health Center
Ho‘ola Lahui Hawai‘i
I Ola Lāhui
Kapi‘olani Health Foundation
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
Lāna‘i Community Health Center
Mālama Pono Health Services
Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
Wahiawā Health
Waikiki Health
Waimānalo Health Center

HCF’s Youth Prevention grant program supports community-based organizations that work to prevent the initiation and use of electronic smoking devices (ESDs) by Hawai‘i youth under age 18. The grant program is based on the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit’s Hawaiʻi version of You and Me, Together Vape-Free, comprised of culturally relevent lesson plans to equip youth with skills to reduce experimentation and use of ESDs.

2023 Youth ESD Prevention Grantee Cohort

After-School All-Stars Hawai‘i
Big Island Substance Abuse Council
Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i
Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island
Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui
Hāmākua-Kohala Health Center
Hawaiʻi Friends of Restorative Justice
Hawaiʻi Island Community Health Center
I Ola Lāhui
Lānai Community Health Center
The Salvation Army – Family Intervention Services
Wahiawā Health

More information on Hawai‘i’s tobacco prevention and control efforts:

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Currently Accepting Applications


Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund - Community Grants for Youth ESD Prevention

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) announces a funding opportunity (FO) for grants to community-based nonprofit organizations to help prevent the initiation and use of electronic smoking devices (ESD) by Hawai‘i youth under the age of 18.

This FO and other tobacco prevention and cessation efforts in Hawai‘i are guided by the state’s Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Plan 2030, which was developed through community input from across Hawai‘i. The plan provides a comprehensive approach to tobacco control in Hawai‘i, with the following goal areas:

Reduce tobacco-related disparities in population groups in Hawai‘i with the highest prevalence rates for tobacco use.
Prevent the initiation of tobacco use by youth and young adults.
Promote quitting among adults and youth.
Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

Grants will be awarded for a 2-year period, contingent upon the availability of funds. Typical grant awards will not exceed $60,000 per year. Please read the 2024 Youth ESD Prevention program Funding Opportunity for detailed instructions on how to apply. All grant awards under this FO are contingent on HCF and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health entering into a 6-year contract effective July 1, 2024. The grant term is expected to begin on July 1, 2024, and end on June 30, 2026. If the contract is not entered by July 1, 2024, grant awards may be delayed, deferred or cancelled. HCF will notify awardees of the expected grant start date. HCF is not liable for any work, contract costs, expenses, loss of profits, or any damages whatsoever incurred by applicants and grantees under this FO prior to the grant start date.

Application deadline:

Applications are due Monday, April 15th at 4:00 pm HST. To apply for funding, please log in or register for an account on the Grants Portal. If you need assistance, please view our Applicant User Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, How-To Videos, and/or submit a support ticket.

For more information, see the below resources:

2024-2026 YEP Program budget form