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Cities Can Apply for the Tobacco Grant Program to Help Curb Illegal Sales of Tobacco

June 24, 2019
The Office of the Attorney General makes a total of $26 million in grant funding available statewide for FY 2019–2020 to local governments and law enforcement agencies through the California Department of Justice’s Tobacco Grant Program.
 
The deadline to apply for this grant opportunity is July 12.
 
Eligible local public agencies that support programs to: 
  • Enforce state and local laws related to the illegal sale and marketing of tobacco products to minors; 
  • Investigate those activities; or
  • Conduct compliance checks to reduce illegal sales of tobacco products to minors are encouraged to apply.  
During the California Department of Justice’s Fiscal Years 2017–2018 and 2018–2019, Attorney General Becerra announced the distribution of a total of $66 million in grants to 126 local entities throughout the state. The grants are being used to combat the illegal sale of tobacco and cigarette products to minors. For more information about the grant application process or qualifications, please visit the Attorney General’s webpage.
 
The Department of Justice’s Tobacco Grant Program is funded by Proposition 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016. Prop. 56 raised the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. It allocates millions of dollars annually to the Department of Justice for distribution to local law enforcement agencies for the support and hiring of peace officers for various activities. These activities include investigations and compliance checks to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.
 
Application Details
 
This year, applicants will receive a template proposal, a budget template, and guidance that includes background information to fully understand the benefits the grant program has to offer. The deadline for localities to apply is Friday, July 12.
 
Attached is a Tobacco Grant Program Fact Sheet, Request for Proposals and Grant Template. Additional information on application requirements and eligibility criteria is available at https://oag.ca.gov/tobaccogrants.  
 
For questions about this funding opportunity please contact Brenda Vargas at (213) 269-6636.


 
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