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Tobacco Cessation FAQ

Can awardees use funding to pay for trainings?

Training associated with the implementation of the following strategies are allowed and will be reviewed on a case by case basis:
  1. providing evidence-based cessation counseling and FDA approved medications;
  2. working with Tribal health care facilities/health systems to adopt evidence-based and evidence-informed systems changes to increase quitting and quit attempts (e.g., increase screening and meaningful referrals, pharmacy cessation programs, medication management); and supporting the implementation of media strategies to promote cessation among Tribes and Tribal organizations.

What is considered a large equipment purchase?

  • Large equipment are items that cost more than $5000.00

Are Urban Indian Health Organizations eligible for the RFA?

Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIOs) are not eligible for the RFA, however Tribes may partner with UIOs to complete the work. The Tribe will be the recipient of the award and will be responsible for the completion of the project.


Is there a match requirement?

A dollar for dollar match is not required.


Is a negotiated rate allowed for indirect cost?

Funds are not eligible to support indirect costs.


How many awards are there?

There will be up to 9 awards


How long is the term for?

The project term is 8 months December 1, 2020 – July 30, 2020.


Is a tribal resolution required?

A Tribal resolution is not required.


The way the grant requirements are written, it does not ask for an action plan or an evaluation methodology before submission. My understanding is the Tribe will develop those with NIHB after submission. If that is the case then what additional attachments should I provide in addition to a budget?

You will need to attach a signed letter of support from a Tribal official (authorized to represent the Tribe in such matters). Also applicants will need to complete the workplan provided in the RFA if there are additional activities outside of those already listed that you will need to do in order to create the action plan and/or evaluation plan. There are examples in the RFA. Applications should also include a description of your proposed project and activities.


Are we able to move funds from one area of the budget to another? For example, if the travel to the training ends up being less than the proposed amount can we allocate that funding toward more smoking cessation replacement therapy products?

Yes, you can move funds.


Can the work associated with this be used to go towards community education on the use of e cigarettes and vaping or is it strictly for commercial tobacco only?

The main focus of the award activities should be geared towards smoking cessation; however including e-cigarettes and vaping into some of the activities will not be an issue.


How long is the term for 2020-2021?

The projected term is October 1, 2020 – July 30, 2020


How many awards are there?

For the 2020-201 there will be up to 8 awards


Where the application says that we cannot use funds to "support ongoing general operating expenses." Does this mean we cannot factor in employee costs such as, hourly wages and fringe benefits?

Awardees are able to use funds for employee costs such as, hourly wages and fringe benefits.


Are we allowed to use funds to purchase electronic devices that we can allow participants to use during sessions or meetings? Since we are unable to meet face to face due to the pandemic.

Yes, funds can be used to purchase electronic devices.


Example of health systems changes that awardees could implement?

Million Hearts Tobacco Cessation Change Package




Public Health Inquiries:

Tyler Dougherty, MPH
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-922-0100
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]