Funding Opportunity: Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use

About the Organization

In 2016, tobacco use caused more than seven million deaths worldwide. Most of these deaths (6.3 million) were attributable to cigarette smoking, followed by second-hand smoke (884,000 deaths).  If current trends continue, smoking-related death rates are expected to increase for the decades to come in many low- and middle-income countries. (The Tobacco Atlas)

Since 2005, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed more than US$1.58 billion to support an initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.

A priority of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is a Grants Program jointly managed and run by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is implemented though its partner organizations: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Vital Strategies, and the World Health Organization.

About the Grant

The Tobacco Control Grants Program is an important component of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

The Grants Program is competitive and supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based tobacco control interventions aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the guidelines for its implementation.

The Rounds for Proposals (RFP) process is conducted through 2 rounds annually, an Open Grant Round and Strategic Grant Round.

Open Grant Round (OGR) – An international competitive grant round, open to applicants from any low or middle-income country. OGR applications should focus on a national policy gap in their country in the PWER areas of MPOWER, or FCTC Article 5.3 policy (this must be in association with strengthening MPOWER policies).

Strategic Grant Round (SGR) – This round is only open to applicants from the ten priority countries, and is focused on the priority issues identified for each of those countries.

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), including (but not restricted to):

  • Tax and price measures
  • 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 one or more MPOWER policies)

Grant Size

Proposals can be submitted for grants from US$25,000 up to US$250,000 per year. Short-term, one-year and two-year project proposals will be considered.

Funding levels should be consistent with the scope and capability of your organization. Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.


Applications are welcome from low- and middle-income countries.

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use partners closely with ten large developing countries, including Brazil and China, to provide broader, more in-depth support for their tobacco control efforts.

The ten priority countries are: China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Philippines, Brazil, Ukraine, Mexico.

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.
  • Universities and independent policy institutes (‘think tanks’)

How to Apply

Round 33 is an OPEN Grant Round – applicants from low- and middle-income countries can apply.

We use an application system called ‘Fluxx’ to process project ideas. You will be required to have an account on Fluxx in order to submit an application, even if you have submitted an application to the Grants Program before.

If you have previously registered within Fluxx, you will not be required to re-register. Simply login with your username and password to submit your project idea application.

Click here to submit a Project Idea via the online form

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