Program Areas for Funding

Commercial Tobacco Prevention

Commercial tobacco is tobacco that is sold by the tobacco industry, including cigarettes, vape or e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and other products that contain addictive nicotine. The term commercial tobacco is used to separate it from sacred tobacco used by some American Indian/Alaska Native communities and Tribal Nations in Oregon.

Commercial tobacco-related disparities are complex. They do not have a single cause or a single solution. OHA seeks to leverage community strengths and wisdom to address and dismantle the systemic root causes of commercial tobacco use that drive stress and higher use rates in some communities. This is best accomplished through asset-based, culturally specific, community-led approaches centered in community voices and practices.

Who can apply?​

We welcome applications from organizations of all sizes and perspectives, especially those that are new and those that have not received funding from OHA before. 

To apply and to be eligible for award of a Grant Agreement, an Applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Any 501(c)(3) organization registered with the Oregon Secretary of State and located in Oregon that provides culturally responsive services to communities in Oregon that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  Individuals and organizations with 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors are eligible to apply. Organizations must hold commercial general liability insurance covering bodily injury and property damage of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and annual aggregate limit not less than $2,000,000 at the time of Grant award, if awarded. This should not be a barrier to applying. The cost of insurance may be added to the proposed budget and purchased with grant funds after being awarded.
  2. Any partnership or coalition of organizations working together, where the fiscal agent is a 501(c)(3) organization.
  3. All grantees must abide by OHA’s nondiscrimination policy, and state and federal civil rights laws, unless otherwise exempted by federal or state law. Specifically, people participating in OHA-sponsored activities or programs may not be treated unfairly because of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

Applicants for commercial tobacco prevention funding must meet additional eligibility criteria

  1. Culturally specific; or
  2. A racial justice-focused organization working with Black, Indigenous, American Indian, Alaska Native, Latino/a/x, Pacific Islander, or Asian communities; or
  3. An organization primarily benefiting a community disproportionately impacted by commercial tobacco––such as people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ2SIA+, people living with behavioral health issues––that can demonstrate it is committed to leading with race and capable of addressing racial inequities within its service community in partnership with racially diverse community members. Must also be an organization or project (if it is a collaborative of partners) that has a decision-making body (staff, or community leaders) from the communities being served. Organizations can make the case for family members serving this function when members of priority communities require support, accommodation, or representation to do so.

1 For the purposes of this funding opportunity, culturally specific means: The majority of agency clients served are from a particular community of color: Black, African, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaska Native, Latino/a/x; the organizational environment is culturally focused and identified as such by clients; there is a prevalence of bilingual and/or bicultural staff that reflects the community that is proposed to be served; there is established and successful community engagement and involvement with the community/communities being served; the staff, board and leadership reflect the community being served; the community being served recognizes the organization as a culturally specific organization.

Who may not apply directly, but can be a member of an applicant’s cross-sector partners:

  • City, county and Tribal governments
  • For-profit entities
  • Academic institutions
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that do not meet eligibility criteria

Who may not apply:

  • Organizations that receive funding from commercial tobacco companies

Total funding available

There is a total of $20 million to be granted in this program area, based on funding available to OHA. The number and amount of individual awards will be determined based on the submissions received.

The recommended range for grant awards is $25,000 to $750,000 (through June 30, 2023) to accommodate both emerging organizations with small budgets or all-volunteer staff as well as large organizations and collaborative partner applications.

Funding priorities

Funding will prioritize Applications that focus on addressing the disproportionate impact of commercial tobacco on Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities through culturally and linguistically responsive services. Funding will also prioritize Applications from smaller, new, and emerging organizations; those from cross-sector partners; and those that work with community members with intersecting identities (for example, people with disabilities who also identify as LGBTQIA2S+).

Eligible activities

Funding is available for the activities listed below. Please also propose other prevention activities based on community needs/priorities.

Organizations do not need to currently work on commercial tobacco prevention. However, proposals must be able to connect proposed activities to either the root causes of commercial tobacco use, commercial tobacco prevention and cessation, or both. Successful proposals will describe how the proposed approach will help reduce the impacts of commercial tobacco use.

Grants may also include resources for capacity building to strengthen organizational infrastructure, fiscal and human resources management in addition to program implementation. May also include capacity building for regional infrastructure where organizations are not yet present.

Activities may include:

Initiatives that address how structural racism, systemic neglect, discrimination and a lack of community investment have created high-stress, high-trauma, socio-economic and other conditions across generations that contribute to commercial tobacco use and result in health disparities such as higher rates of cancer and hypertension. For example:

  • Community-led initiatives that build power and ability to address inequities that might lead to commercial tobacco use (for example, food insecurity, isolation and lack of mental health support, lack of safe housing, etc.);
  • Multigenerational interventions that offer wraparound supports to address overall well-being;
  • Development of community skills in advocacy for policy change, including those addressing social determinants of health as well as commercial tobacco industry influence in communities;
  • Leadership by community health workers in community-based policy advocacy;
  • Accessible and affordable opportunities and spaces for people to positively socialize, challenge social norms that promote tobacco misuse, share cultural traditions, and build community.

Initiatives that directly address use of commercial tobacco. For example:

  • Intersectional and holistic support and care tailored to different types of commercial tobacco, and in different contexts and geographic settings (for example, providing a subsidy to a local farmer to provide herbs, vouchers for ceremonial tobacco and stipends for traditional leaders to teach younger generations about its use, opportunities for healing and stress management); 
  • Enhancing support for and access to culturally appropriate commercial tobacco cessation resources;
  • Sharing information with community members about how they have been targeted by the commercial tobacco industry;
  • Training and capacity building for health care providers and supports for traditional health workers to address commercial tobacco use and intersections with chronic diseases, including addressing health care provider bias against nondominant beliefs, norms, and approaches to health care;
  • Work that strengthens intersecting movements for justice such as environmental justice and health justice (for example, working to reduce toxic waste in communities that have experienced racist zoning practices, including addressing cigarette, nicotine and electronic waste, and holding the industry accountable for this waste);
  • Community-based and -led research to understand community needs.

If you do not see activities that would most benefit your community, please propose other priority activities that would meet your community’s needs.

To learn about what OHA is already funding in this program area, please visit the web page link here.

Grantees in commercial tobacco prevention can expect:

  • Collaborative discussion and shared agreement on outcomes and measures of success
  • Ongoing opportunities to be part of a collaborative learning community