ClearWay MinnesotaSM takes a comprehensive approach to reducing tobacco use in Minnesota. Our model is based on scientific evidence and best practices that are known to be effective. By employing both cessation and public policy approaches to reducing tobacco’s harm, we are following a path proven to prevent kids from smoking and to motivate quitting among existing smokers.
ClearWay Minnesota is excited to release the following Request for Proposals (RFP) for local policy grants to create a smoke-free generation.
This funding opportunity is aimed at organizations and agencies that have:
- A strong track record of tobacco control work, including passing policies;
- An interest in passing bold policies;
- Knowledge about their community and a sense of its readiness for policy change;
- An ability to participate in lobbying activities at the local and state levels; and
- An interest in being part of a dynamic cohort of organizations that support and encourage each other to pass the most impactful policies possible.
Here are a few key dates to keep in mind:
- There will be an applicant information session on October 13.
- Letters of Intent are due October 21.
- Full proposals are due December 16.
- Funding will begin for selected applicants on July 1, 2017.
Questions about this RFP can be submitted to Alexis Bylander, ClearWay Minnesota Senior Public Affairs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org/952-767-1431. Questions and answers will be made available to all applicants on a weekly basis during the application process at the bottom of this page.
ClearWay Minnesota funds eight local policy grantees around the state: 4 Corners Partnership, the Greater Mankato-area and northeast Minnesota chapters of the American Lung Association, the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR-MN), NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Smoke-Free Communities, and the Southwest Community Health Improvement Program. These are nonprofit organizations or government agencies that work to improve health at the local level. Our funding allows them to engage in activities specifically aimed at reducing the harm tobacco causes the people of their communities. The three main areas of work for these grantees are coalition-building, policy advocacy and public education. They also work to strengthen local tobacco ordinances, and contribute to statewide policy initiatives that decrease tobacco use and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.