Funding, Grants and RFPs

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Fiscal Year 2018 Addressing Hypertension in Federally Qualified Health Centers

Information Session: August 11, 2017, 9:30-11:00 am, Maxie Collier Conference Room, 1001 E Fayette St, Baltimore, MD, 21202

Letter of Intent: August 18, 2017 11:59 pm 

Applications Due: September 15, 2017 11:59 pm EST

See full proposal: PDF iconBCHD RFP FY18 Addressing Hypertension in Federally Qualified Health Centers - RFP final.pdf

The Baltimore City Health Department, Office of Chronic Disease prevention announces the availability of FY18 funds to support initiatives in federally qualified health centers to prevent and address hypertension. Up to $90,000 is available for one 9 month project with an anticipated award date of October 1, 2017.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Fiscal Year 2018 Youth Nutrition Educator Employment Mini-Grant

Information Session: Thursday, July 6, 2017; Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Baltimore City Health Department 1001 E. Fayette Street

Maxie Collier Conference Room Baltimore, MD 21202)

Applications Due: Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

See full proposal: PDF iconBaltimore City Health Department Youth Nutrition Educator Mini Grant.pdf

PDF iconFinal Application Baltimore City Health Department Youth Nutrition Educator Employment Minigrants_0.docx

Food access is a priority in Baltimore City. 25% of city residents and 30% of all children live in food desert communities which are located all throughout the city. Since poverty and lack of food access go hand in hand, this project is designed to encourage local youth to have an active role in promoting healthy foods, in partnership with local businesses, while gaining valuable employment skills and experience. 

Applicants are sought who will recruit, supervise, and pay 6 youth and 3 adults as community nutrition educators. Strong preference will be given for projects that will employ youth and adults from the community that is being served. These nutrition educators will implement 12 nutrition education lessons and 1 community conversation in target neighborhoods. The nutrition education lessons and community conversation are part of a BCHD curriculum, which BCHD will provide training in. 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Fiscal Year 2018 Tobacco Enforcement Cigarette Restitution Fund Programs

Information Conference Call: June 6, 2017 10:00-11:00 am, 443-984-1696, Conference ID # 0176712
Letters of Intent: June 12, 2017 11:59 pm (non-binding, requested but not required)
Application Due Date: June 30, 2017 11:59 pm

See full proposal: PDF iconFY18 Tobacco Enforcement RFP final.pdf

Funding for Cigarette Restitution Fund Programs is provided by Maryland Senate Bill 896, passed into
law in 2000. Funds are managed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH),
and granted to 24 local jurisdictions according to population and prevalence of tobacco-related illness. The grant award to Baltimore City is administered by the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD).

The intent of the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (CRFP) is to assist local jurisdictions "to reduce
tobacco use among women, minority individuals, and individuals under the age of 18 years"1
and "to increase availability of and access to cessation programs for uninsured individuals and medicallyunderserved
populations." The long-term goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by the use
of tobacco products. Major components of the CRFP include youth, community, cessation, and

The enforcement component of the CRFP is intended to ensure Baltimore City and the State of Maryland
are in compliance with federal Synar regulations. In July 1992, Congress enacted the Alcohol, Drug
Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act, which includes an amendment aimed at
decreasing youth access to tobacco. This amendment, named for sponsor Congressman Mike Synar of
Oklahoma, requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco
products to youth under the age of 18. States must comply with the Synar regulations (no more than
20% non-compliance) in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block
Grant (SABG) awards.

BCHD conducts enforcement checks on tobacco retailers to ensure compliance with Synar regulations
and local tobacco control laws, specifically minimum age sales laws prohibiting the sale of any tobacco
products, including electronic smoking devices, to youth under the age of 18. Funding available under
this RFP supports a vendor who is responsible for employing, supervising, and transporting youth during
field enforcement checks using the BCHD tobacco enforcement protocol. The project is fully described
in Section II of this RFP.

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