Grants programme funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies
Questions and answers
Who can apply for a Bloomberg initiative grant?
Governments, intergovernmental organizations (including WHO), state and provincial authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from low- and middle-income countries (as categorized by the World Bank) are eligible to apply for grants. WHO country offices can also apply.
What type of projects will be chosen?
Proposals must focus on achieving policy change that will lead to substantial reductions in tobacco use. Priority will be given to projects that lead to substantial, substantial improvements in tobacco control laws, regulations, policies and programs at the national or sub-national level (e.g. provinces, states), in particular: tax and price measures (including anti-smuggling), direct and indirect advertising bans and effective enforcement of direct and indirect advertising bans, establishment of smoke-free workplaces and public places, and effective enforcement of smoke-free policies, implementation of graphic warning labels on tobacco products and 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 industry behaviour and practices
Grants can be used for country-level project staffing and infrastructure to build capacity.
What are the elements of a good grant proposal?
Grant proposal reviewers are looking for proposals that are based on evidence-based measures that will deliver a direct impact at the country level. A good grant proposal will clearly identify the specific tobacco control area of focus, along with the project's concrete goals, activities, expected outcomes, method of evaluating success and timeframe. Collaboration (across sectors and stakeholders) is another important component of a good proposal.