11/28/22 5:00 PM Electronic Receipt or Postmarked
USA: Rhode Island
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Grants of up to $4,000 to Rhode Island middle schools and high schools for programs to prevent the use of tobacco on campus. The purpose of the program is to institute a policy that offers an alternative to suspension and citation. Funding is intended to encourage positive behavior change amongst youth.
The Rhode Island Department of Health Tobacco Control Program (RITCP) is offering mini-grants to Rhode Island middle schools and high schools that would like to strengthen their existing smoke-free school policy and that are not currently utilizing an alternative to suspension or citation program. Preference will be given to applications that document a capacity to implement a 100% tobacco-free policy inclusive of all electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products (e.g., e-cigarettes, vaping devices) as well as an alternative to suspension or citation in response to student(s) in violation of the tobacco-free policy within the mini-grant time frame.
These mini grants seek to help Rhode Island middle schools and high schools to transition from their existing smoke-free school policy to the more comprehensive model policy, the Rhode Island Tobacco-Free Schools Campus Model Policy, which will help to decrease tobacco related disparities, and in doing so, increase positive behavior change among Rhode Island’s youth.
The model policy referred to throughout this document has expanded to include the T21 law, smokeless tobacco products and all electronic nicotine delivery systems or e-cigarettes. Additionally, the model policy referred to within this mini grant opportunity outlines an alternative to suspension or citation program to address violations using less punitive, more restorative measures. Replacing smoke free policies with an updated tobacco free policy will help to create a healthier, more supportive environment for students unfairly targeted by the tobacco industry.
The purpose of this mini grant funding is to raise awareness of the positive public health perspective alternative to suspension programs have in the overall well-being of youth. Replacing punitive measures with educational opportunities will inform students on the facts surrounding nicotine addiction as well as create a more encouraging school atmosphere that will allow students to feel a greater connection to the school community rather than the sense of seclusion produced by suspension. Suspension can contribute to negative educational and mental health outcomes, and it increases the likelihood of youth tobacco use.
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The Tobacco Free Schools mini grant award period will begin immediately after grant award and will end April 20, 2023.
Applications submitted electronically should be emailed to Jillian.Angell@health.ri.gov
Applications submitted by mail must be post-marked by the application deadline, Monday, November 28, 2022, and should be mailed to:
Tobacco Free Schools
c/o Jillian Angell, Youth and Young Adults Coordinator
Rhode Island Department of Health
Tobacco Control Program
3 Capitol Hill, Room 408
Providence, RI 02908