RFA #40886 STEPP FY24 Innovative Interventions Grant Funding

RFA #40886 STEPP FY24 Innovative Interventions Grant Funding

On August 19, 2022, the Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Prevention Services Division released its new Request for Applications (RFA) to fund innovative approaches to address commercial tobacco-related inequities, with a focus on interventions that prioritize the groups with tobacco use rates above the state average. The State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP) is a collaborative partnership between the state program and the grantee projects.

Data from 2001 through 2018 in Colorado show that the populations experiencing the most tobacco-related harm are Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and LGB communities, Coloradans who live in rural areas, people with Medicaid health coverage, and people with behavioral and mental health conditions.

CDPHE maintains a strong commitment to health and racial equity as a foundation for all the work we do. Our vision is that every Coloradan has equitable access to opportunities to thrive regardless of who they are or where they live. Advancing health and racial equity through programmatic and policy efforts is our highest priority.

The funding cycle for this RFA is for state fiscal years 2024-2026 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2026). STEPP anticipates awarding grants for a three-year grant period. STEPP reserves the option to shorten or extend awards.  

The Tobacco Grants program allocates funding among four categories consistent with the recommended funding framework outlined in the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs: state and community efforts, cessation, mass reach media, surveillance and evaluation. The funding framework is designed to enable comprehensive, evidence-based programming statewide and conduct innovative projects to enhance the evidence base of effective strategies to reach populations with higher tobacco burden.  

Tobacco control interventions and application processes for local public health agency-led tobacco control work under Core Tobacco funding for FY24-26 will be released in the fall of 2022. 

STEPP expects to recommend renewal of several current projects (continuation projects) through scope of work and budget negotiations to evolve and align the work with the priorities of the 2030 Strategic Plan.  Guidance on other continuation projects will be made available at a later time. 

Information regarding these funding opportunities can be found on this page when they are released.

The deadline to apply was October 28, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT. The Program is no longer accepting applications for RFA #40886.

The purpose of STEPP RFA #40886 is to fund innovative approaches to address commercial tobacco-related inequities with a focus on interventions that prioritize the groups with tobacco use rates above the state average. 

The initiatives funded through this RFA will build upon what is working in Colorado to change social norms regarding tobacco initiation, use, and secondhand smoke exposure and further community-wide mobilization efforts to reduce tobacco initiation and prevalence.

Approximately $2.5 million annually is available through this RFA under two sets of tobacco control interventions:


State and Community Tobacco Interventions: The purpose of the strategies under this intervention are to fund environmental approaches to reduce tobacco-related disparities through community-led interventions and policy and social norms change regarding commercial tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure:

  • Tobacco Control Strategies in Priority Population Community-Based Organizations

  • Other Evidence-Informed Strategies to Advance Equity in Policy and Environmental Change Commercial Tobacco Control

  • Healthy Housing Pilot Project

  • Tobacco Control Infrastructure Support: Technical Assistance


Tobacco Treatment Interventions: The purpose of the strategies under this intervention are to fund the implementation and uptake of person-centered, culture-affirming, and identify-affirming tobacco treatment interventions, informed by evidence-based public health practice, where individuals live, work, play, and receive medical and social services:

  • Leveraging Clinical-Community Partnerships for Systems Change

  • Statewide Implementation of the Baby & Me Tobacco-Free Program (BMTFP)

  • Other Evidence-Informed Strategies to Support People Quitting Tobacco

Guidance for each strategy can be found here

View the RFA and all guidance documents here.

Download the RFA with all guidance documents here.

Who Should Apply

This funding opportunity aims to fund organizations/agencies/collaborations across Colorado that will:

  • Focus on further reducing tobacco use in Colorado in populations most burdened, such as Black Coloradans, Hispanic Coloradans, Indigenous people, and the LGBTQIA+ community. 

  • Put into practice evidence-based strategies and/or evidence-informed innovative approaches that advance the Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Strategic Plan, 2021-2030.

Sharing with Partners

If you would like to share this STEPP RFA #40886 in published materials such as newsletters, do not modify the content or context of the announcement, as applicants are not to rely on any other statements that alter any specification or other term or condition of the RFA. If you would like to modify the content or context, please consult with STEPP for approval at  cdphe_a35grantreviewcommittees@state.co.us. We encourage all interested parties to refer back to this Tobacco Funding Opportunities website for the most up-to-date information about the STEPP RFA #40886.

Questions & Answers

Applicants may submit written questions via this inquiry form to obtain clarification of requirements concerning this RFA. No questions will be accepted after October 7, 2022 at 5 p.m. MDT. All inquiries must be submitted through the form and applicants should identify questions with the following information:

  1. RFA strategy, 

  2. Section, page number, and paragraph number the question applies to.

Answers to application questions will be posted here as outlined in the schedule below by the close of business on the date indicated. Applicants are not to rely on any other statements that alter any specification or any other term or condition of the RFA.

Solicitation Activity

Time (MDT)

Deadline for applicants to submit written inquiries. 
**No questions will be accepted after this date/time**
5:00 pm 10/7/22
Answers to written inquiries and any changes to the RFA published on STEPP Funding Opportunities webpage 5:00 pm 9/2/22

Informational Sessions

Applicant webinar:

Webinar recording


Additional Questions

Contact us with questions about the funding application process at cdphe_a35grantreviewcommittees@state.co.us.