Call for Proposals: 2015 Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program

Application Deadline: 24th July 2015

The Bloomberg Initiative (BI) Grants Program was started in 2006 to support projects that develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based tobacco control interventions.

The BI Grants Program provides funding to government ministries and agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, and universities in more than 60 countries.

The Bloomberg Initiative 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.

Tobacco kills more than 14,000 people every day. Unless urgent action is taken, tobacco will kill 8 million people a year by 2030, 80 percent of them in developing countries.

To address this global public health crisis, Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and mayor of New York City, launched a global initiative to fight tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, where more than two-thirds of the world’s smokers live.


  • 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.
  • Approximately two-thirds of the world’s tobacco users live in fourteen countries: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Ukraine, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Who can apply for a grant?

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 affiliate offices.
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with relevant advocacy experience aimed at changing or implementing policies including but not limited to civil society organizations and educational institutions.
  • Applicants must be recognized legal entities capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds 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.

Funded Projects:

  • Proposals must focus on achieving policy change that will lead to substantial reductions in tobacco use.
  • The grants program gives priority to projects that lead to sustainable improvements in tobacco control laws, regulations, policies and programs at the national or sub-national level


Proposals can be submitted for grants from US$50,000 up to a maximum amount of US$500,000.  Short-term, one-year or two-year project proposals will be considered.

How to submit Idea:

  • Applicants should first submit a short “Project Idea” using the online system at:
  • Applicants may submit more than one Project Idea.
  • Duplicate proposals will be deemed ineligible.
  • The deadline for submitting Project Ideas is 12:00 hours, US Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hours) on Thursday, 24 July 2015 (to see what time that is in your country please check
  • Applications can be accepted only in English.

Apply Now for the Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program


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