Prescription Drug Initiative
Teen Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Initiative
Medication Assistance Program
Obesity Initiative
Health Disparities Initiative
General Grants

Funding Priorities


Map - Teen Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Grants
Map - Question Why Youth Empowerment Center Grants
Map - 100% Tobacco Free Schools
List - Community School, Special Opportunity Projects and 100% Tobacco Free School Grants

In November 2004, the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commissioners increased the annual allocation for the Teen Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Initiative to $15 million. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, this moves North Carolina's ranking up from 30 to 21 among other states. This represents the second significant funding increase approved by HWTF during the last two years, and was made on the strength of recommendations from the UNC Department of Family Medicine, which conducts formal evaluations of the initiative.

From 2002 through 2009, the total planned investment is $80.9 million. The goals of the initiative are to prevent youth initiation of tobacco use, eliminate disparities in tobacco use among minority youth, eliminate youth exposure to secondhand smoke, and provide treatment options for teens who want to quit. An Advisory Committee, comprised of five members of the Vision 2010 Coalition (a coalition of public and private health advocate organizations sharing the common goal of preventing and reducing the health effects of tobacco use) assisted the HWTF Teen Smoking Prevention and Cessation Task Force in establishing recommendations for the initiative's structure and priorities.

Currently, HWTF is funding 47 community-based grants, 7 statewide grants serving minority youth, and 14 tobacco free school mini-grants. In addition, expert agencies are under contract to provide technical assistance and training support for grantees, outcomes analysis, and the TRU Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered. media campaign, which is designed to educate young people about the dangers of tobacco, to prevent initiation, and to help teen users quit. Based on the new funding allocated in November 2004, additional grant proposals will be solicited in the spring of 2005. Those who wish to receive notice of the RFP's release, should send an email to [email protected].

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (TPCB) of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is assisting HWTF with the administration and management of this initiative.

To find out more about each of the components of this multi-faceted initiative, please click on the links below:

Community/Schools and Special Opportunity Projects Grants
Priority Populations Grants
100% Tobacco Free School Campaign
Law Enforcement Allocation
Pregnant Teen Tobacco Use Cessation Program
N-O-T (Not on Tobacco) Program
Outcomes Evaluation
Media Vendors
TRU Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered.

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