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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. In Hawaii alone, smoking claims 1,200 lives each year and creates $336 million in annual healthcare costs.

Since 2000, the Hawaii Community Foundation has administered the Hawaii 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. Hawaii has the third lowest smoking rate in the nation, representing real lives saved as well as public health expenditures avoided.

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

HCF leads strategy and implementation of a community cessation and prevention grant program. HCF’s cessation grants program supports community-based cessation programs that assist adults in priority populations (persons with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, LGBT communities, and low socio-economic status populations) to end tobacco use.

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

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation announces a Request for Proposals for grants to community-based non-profit organizations to help prevent the initiation and use of Electronic Smoking Devices by Hawai‘i youth under age 18. 

This RFP and other tobacco prevention and cessation efforts in Hawai‘i are guided by the State’s 2016-2020 Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Five-Year Strategic Plan (“Strategic Plan”) which was developed through community input throughout 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 one-year period with a possible renewal for a second year depending on results and availability of funds. Typical grant awards will not exceed $40,000 per year. The grant term is expected to begin on January 1, 2020 and end on December 31, 2020, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. HCF reserves the right in its sole discretion to discontinue grant funding if progress is determined to be unsatisfactory. Grant payments are also contingent on the availability of funds from the Trust Fund.

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Application Deadline:
November 5, 2019, 4 p.m. HST

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Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund - Health Communications

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation announces a Request for Proposals for a vendor to develop and implement two separate coordinate marketing programs for the Hawai‘i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund. The initial contract will be for TWELVE (12) months from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, with optional renewals through June 30, 2024. The anticipated annual budget will be $1.5 million ($1,500,000.00).

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019, 5:00 P.M. (HST)

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