Tobacco Control Grants Program (Round 35)

Deadline Date: February 22, 2024

Donor Name: Bloomberg Philanthropies

Grant Size: $100,000 to $500,000

Applications are ow open for the Tobacco Control Grants Program to develop and deliver high-impact evidence-based tobacco control interventions.

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 is managed by Vital Strategies and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. In the first thirty-four rounds of the grants program, 852 grants were approved in 65 countries.

Funding Information

  • Proposals can be submitted for grants from US$50,000 up to US$250,000 per year. Project proposals between six and twenty-four months will be considered.

Eligible Projects

  • 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 sustainable improvements in tobacco control laws, regulations, policies at the national or sub-national level (e.g. provinces, states, and cities), including (but not restricted to):
    • Tax and price measures, including illicit trade policy in relation to taxation.
    • Direct and indirect advertising bans (including promotion and sponsorship)
    • Establishment of smoke-free legislation for public places and workplaces
    • Policies for graphic warning labels on tobacco products
    • FCTC Article 5.3 policy (this must be in association with strengthening MPOWER policies).

Eligible Countries

  • While applications are welcome from all low- and middle-income countries (as categorized by the World Bank), the Initiative places a priority on countries with the greatest number of tobacco users. These are: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations based in eligible countries can apply for grants.
    • Governmental organizations include, but are not limited to, national Ministries, state/provincial authorities, and city/municipal authorities & affiliate offices.
    • 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’).
    • 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.
    • 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.


  • The grants program does not fund education programs (school-based or otherwise), nor does it fund agricultural or crop-substitution programs.
  • The grants program does not fund basic research, academic studies, prevalence surveys or cessation services. However, they will consider funding for research that directly supports policy implementation.
  • Systematic surveys of adult prevalence are being undertaken separately with the support of the Bloomberg Initiative and are not funded through the grants program.
  • Projects should address a strategic gap in national tobacco control and avoid duplicating work already conducted.

For more information, visit Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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