KICK START YOUR SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS INITIATIVE
With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 27, college campuses are critical partners to reduce young adults from starting tobacco use, help tobacco users quit, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Support for 100% smoke-free and tobacco-free policies on college campuses has skyrocketed in recent years. The number of college and universities with 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies tripled from 446 campuses in 2010 to 1,543 campuses in 2015. Much of that progress has been achieved by four-year universities.
Community colleges in the US serve almost half –45 percent– of the undergraduate students in the U.S. With enrollment of 13 million students, community colleges serve as a gateway to postsecondary education for many people of color, low-income, and first-generation college students. Many of these populations suffer disproportionately from tobacco use and its secondhand smoke consequences.
To address this need, in the Fall of 2014, Legacy launched a competitive process to provide grants, up to $5,000 each, to public community colleges across the country to support their efforts to advocate for, adopt, and implement a 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free college policy. Congratulations to the first cohort of 38 grantees.
Legacy is now accepting applications to fund a second cohort of public community colleges. The deadline for applications will be August 6th, 2015 at 6:00pm EST.
Initial funding is for one year, up to $5,000. Upon invitation by Legacy, grantees may apply for a second year of funding. Please note that community colleges receiving grant awards in April 2015 will not be eligible to apply for additional funding as part of this second cohort.All applications must be submitted using Legacy’s online application system.
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