Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program Tier 2 (2023-26) Grant

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The purpose is to help local educational agencies develop and implement effective tobacco prevention and education programs for students in grades six through twelve: (1) reducing the prevalence of youth tobacco use and vaping, (2) increasing collaboration with other agencies and individuals, (3) promoting school connectedness as an integral part of their programming, and (4) adopting a holistic approach to youth tobacco-use prevention.


The goal of the TUPE Program is to prevent tobacco use among students in California schools by funding local educational agencies (LEAs) to help students learn to make healthy decisions. Funded LEAs empower students through tobacco-specific, evidence-informed education and activities that build knowledge and social skills. In 1988, California voters approved Proposition 99, the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act, which placed a 25-cent tax on packs of cigarettes, a portion of which goes to various state and local agencies to operate a comprehensive tobacco control program. Proposition 99 funded the CDE to establish the TUPE Program to provide students in grades six through twelve with the knowledge and skills needed to avoid tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. Proposition 99 also established the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC) to advise other agencies, including the CDE, with respect to program development, implementation, and evaluation. The TEROC develops and regularly updates an overarching plan for tobacco control in California. Objective 4 of the TEROC Plan addresses the need for programs to prevent tobacco use among young people and to empower them as advocates for tobacco control. The TEROC Plan may be found at TEROC Master Plan ( In 2016, California voters also approved Proposition 56, the California Healthcare Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act. Proposition 56 increased the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack and placed new taxes on other tobacco products. A portion of the tax goes to support anti-tobacco programming. The law was designed to help prevent youth tobacco use, reduce tobacco-related health care costs, and accelerate the rate of decline in tobacco-related disparities. Pursuant to Propositions 99 and 56, the CDE has developed important funding opportunities. The Tier 1, Tier 2, and Youth Engagement to Address Tobacco-Related Health Disparities (HD) grant programs support tobacco prevention programming by school districts, direct-funded charter schools, COEs, and various consortia.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Public school districts, direct-funded charter schools, COEs, and consortia that serve students in grades six through twelve within the State of California. The governing district must apply on behalf of schools and school sites within its jurisdiction. Individual schools, community agencies, private schools, and locally-funded charter schools are not eligible to apply. Projects targeting out-of-school students are not eligible.

Eligible Geographies:

Under California law, the CDE must consider the need to balance urban and rural applicants when allocating grant awards (HSC 104420(k)(2)(D)(4)). Applicants must therefore identify the geographic category in which their applications will compete (identified on the Grant Application Cover Sheet in TUPE GEMS): 1. Northern-Urban 2. Northern-Rural 3. Central-Urban 4. Central-Rural 5. Southern-Urban 6. Southern-Rural

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
July 1, 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
36 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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Available Funding Notes:

The Tier 2 Grant Program provides funding for three years, from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026. The size of awards will be based largely on student enrollment in the grades to be served by the program, as reported for the 2022–23 school year.

The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

The number of grants awarded will depend on the number and quality of applications received, the number of students enrolled in districts and schools applying for funding, and the total amount of funding available. However, to ensure that smaller applicants have sufficient funds to operate a full-service TUPE program, the minimum award size will be $50,000 per year.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grantees will receive a 50 percent cash advance of the first grant award after the signed GAN has been returned to the CDE TUPE Office. Grantees will be paid 40 percent of the first-year award after the CDE receives and approves the expenditure report, providing that at least 65 percent of the first payment has been expended. The final payment of 10 percent will be held pending receipt and approval of the expenditure and progress reports.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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