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Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Announces Release of New Communty-Based Statewide Grant Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 6, 2014) – The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is announcing the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new TSET Healthy Living community grant program. The grant program encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more, and be tobacco-free, where we live, work, learn, and play.

TSET is soliciting grant proposals from community-based organizations that will work to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity across businesses, cities and governments, schools, and community organizations and institutions. The program will use best and promising practices in tobacco control, physical activity, and nutrition to improve health through a comprehensive community-based approach, and has been designed with input from current and former TSET grantees, partners and nationally recognized experts. 

Since 2004 TSET has invested in the Communities of Excellence program, first in tobacco control and later in physical activity and nutrition. As a result of these community-based programs, and other local and statewide efforts, youth smoking has nearly been cut in half, adult smoking is at a historic low and obesity among youth is on the decline.

The TSET Healthy Living program grants are the next wave of community based grant work funded by TSET.

The TSET Board of Directors has designated up to $22 million annually to support grants in each county of the state. Grants will include a 6 to 12 month planning/start-up phase, followed by up to five years of implementation.

Applicant workshops will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, at the Central Technology Center, 1720 S. Main St., Sapulpa and at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16, at the Metro Technology Center, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City. The applicant workshops are option and an applicant webinar will be available on the TSET website.

Letters of Intent are due January 30, 2015. The deadline for submission of the grant proposals is 4 p.m. February 23, 2015. 

Grant awards are expected to be made at the May meeting of the TSET Board of Directors and work funded under the TSET Healthy Living program will begin July 1, 2015.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to tset.ok.gov.