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Contract for Services to a Minnesota Organization to Provide Technical
Assistance for Projects Addressing Teen Nicotine Usage

Youth E-cigarette Prevention and Cessation Initiative: Technical Assistance and Training Grant

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Department of Tobacco Prevention and Control

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02/07/22 4:00 PM CT


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Contract for services to a Minnesota organization to provide technical assistance for youth engagement projects addressing nicotine usage throughout the state. The contractor will coordinate a campaign to decrease tobacco usage amongst youth, especially e-cigarettes. Funding is intended to provide new funding to one organization as a Technical Assistance and Training (TA) Provider to lead and coordinate statewide youth engagement activities, convene collaborative efforts with grantees and other partners, and support the grantees in capacity building efforts.

The TA provider will serve a group of diverse youth-serving organizations across Minnesota. The TA provider will implement a statewide campaign to effectively engage Minnesota’s youth experiencing disproportionally high e-cigarette and other commercial tobacco product use rates.

Applications are strongly encouraged from organizations who have successfully partnered with youth in communities of color, American Indian, and LGBTQ+ communities; those experiencing a substance use disorder or mental illness; and rural youth. If the TA provider does not have in-house expertise to serve a particular community, they will be expected to subcontract with an individual or entity to provide support and training, or other needs.

If the applicant is funded, MDH will work with the grantee to measure performance in reaching diverse populations in annual work plans, progress reporting, and program evaluation of grant activities.

Applicants should describe how they will achieve the following outcomes:

Statewide youth engagement:

  • Innovative and coordinated statewide youth engagement campaign
    • Lead the planning and implementation of new statewide youth engagement activities including an annual youth leadership summit and peer-to-peer youth educational video challenge.
    • Utilize strategies and approaches grounded in best and emerging practices to develop a campaign that empowers youth and adult partners to lead efforts in their communities.
    • Promote My Life, My QuitTM, Minnesota’s quit-nicotine program for teens.
    • Integrate mental well-being into youth engagement activities and messaging.

Technical assistance and training:

  • Provide technical assistance, which includes organizational assessment of authentic youth engagement, facilitation of strategic and coordinated activities, and training for youth leaders and adult partners.
  • Provide technical assistance for youth outreach and communication skills such as storytelling, team building, public speaking, community organizing, and media literacy.
  • Develop resources and training materials (for example guidebooks, handouts, toolkits, train-the-trainer materials). These resources should help community grantees implement strategies and activities in their communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 198663

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Grants are anticipated to start May 2022, and the projected end date is February 2024. The grant period will be 22 months, with potential to extend up to two additional years (24 months), contingent on satisfactory grantee progress and funding availability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MDH seeks to fund an organization that has experience coordinating or providing TA; working with community-based organizations, local public health agencies, and tribal governments; and working with diverse communities. The organization should also have a strong understanding of youth engagement and leadership models. Eligible applicants must be located in Minnesota.

Applicants must have state or federal recognition as a formal organization or entity, such as a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Minnesota Tax ID or 501c3 status.

Applicants must have the organizational capacity to subcontract with other organizations or individuals.

Collaboration between organizations or entities are welcomed, but not required. A single application should be submitted on behalf of all collaborative organizations. Each application should identify one lead organization. The lead organization is defined as the primary entity leading and carrying out the project within the proposal.

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Pre-Application Information:

Key dates
- Wednesday, December 15, 2021: RFP posted
- Thursday, January 6, 2022: Notice of Intent due by 4:00 PM CT, strongly encouraged but not required.
- Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Last day to submit questions
- Monday, February 7, 2022: Proposals due by 4:00 PM CT
- Week of February 14, 2022: Anticipated finalist interviews
- Monday, February 28, 2022: Anticipated awardee notification
- Monday, May 2, 2022: Anticipated start date for grants

There is no match requirement for this grant program.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out with questions. Questions and answers will be posted on the RFP page each Tuesday until proposals are due. The last day to submit questions is Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

MDH will review all committee recommendations and is responsible for award decisions. The top candidate(s) will be invited to participate in a teleconference interview with MDH staff. Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled for the week of February 14, 2022.

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Minnesota Department of Health
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