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 twenty-seven rounds of the grants program, 493 grants were approved in 65 countries. 

Priority will be given to projects that lead to sustainable improvements in tobacco control laws, regulations, and policies at the national or sub-national level (e.g. provinces, states, cities.) Project proposals that realistically describe and address potential for advancing tobacco control policies in the present context (COVID-19 and other public and political challenges) will receive top consideration. Project proposals should focus on tobacco control policy priorities including (but not restricted to):

  1. Increase tax and price of tobacco products
  2. Support and advocate for implementation of increased size of pictorial health warnings
  3. Support to establish the National Tobacco Control Programme
  4. Support and advocate for effective implementation of comprehensive FCTC-compliant TAPS and smoke-free policies at the city and/or province level

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, city/municipal 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,educational institutions (for example universities) and independent policy institutions (‘think tanks’).

3) Applicants must be recognized legal registered entities capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds for the proposed activities 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 including PMI IMPACT and Foundation for a Smoke-free World.

The grants program does not fund individuals.

How to Apply

Submitting your ideas for a project
Applicants should first submit a short “Project Idea” using the online system at:  Tobacco  Control Grants

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 Monday, 3 August 2020 (to see what time that is in your country please check

Applications will only be accepted in English.