Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Grants programme funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Questions and answers

How does the Bloomberg Initiative grants programme review process work?

There are two stages to the review process.

  • Project ideas will be reviewed by a joint working group of the grants programme administrators from International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK). Project ideas will be scored on their potential to reduce tobacco use (50%); project design (25%); and organizational capacity and collaboration (25%).
  • Full proposals will be reviewed by grants programme staff of IUATLD and TFK. Selected international tobacco control experts may also be invited to review particular proposals at the discretion of the grants programme staff. Full proposals will be scored based on: potential to have a large population impact on reducing tobacco use (25%); project design (25%); organizational capacity (20%); budget and cost reasonableness (10%); collaboration (10%) and evaluation (10%).

Full proposals submitted without a direct invitation will NOT be considered

Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that they have one or more of the following:

  • Proven ability to work in the areas of policy analysis, media advocacy, coalition building, public education or other related areas necessary to implement the most effective tobacco control strategies in their country.
  • Understanding of what it will take for the government to adopt and implement the proposed policies.
  • Capacity to carry out the proposed work according to the submitted plan in the timeframe outlined.
  • Proven history of, or capacity for, collaboration with other NGOs and/or with government and NGOs.
  • Capacity to establish good communication and coordination with project partners (including the government, as appropriate) early in the application process.

What kind of projects will not be funded?

The grants programme is NOT designed to fund basic research, academic studies, school education programmes, agriculture, prevalence surveys or cessation services. The grants programmecannot fund individuals.

Is there any way to access funding between grant rounds?

In between grant rounds, applications for Rapid Response Advocacy Grants of up to US$ 50,000 will also be considered. These grants will help meet unanticipated needs where there are identifiable benefits associated with rapid funding. Applicants for this type of funding should complete a project idea form, explaining clearly why the project cannot wait until the next grant round, and email it to:

Who can I contact at WHO for more information on the grants programme?

For more information, please send an email to

Last update:

9 November 2015 15:26 CET