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The Grants Process

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program conducts two rounds of grant-making annually: an Open Grant Round and a Strategic Grant Round

Open Grant Round (OGR) – An international competitive grant round, open to applicants from any low or middle-income country. OGR applications should focus on a national policy gap in their country in the PWER areas of MPOWER, or FCTC Article 5.3 policy (this must be in association with strengthening MPOWER policies).

Strategic Grant Round (SGR) – This round is only open to applicants from the ten priority countries, and is focused on the priority issues identified for each of those countries.


For each round the process is as follows:

  • A Call for Proposals is announced.
  • Applicant organizations are asked to submit a short Project Idea.
  • Project ideas are reviewed by an international panel of experts and some are invited to submit a Full Proposal application.
  • Full Proposals are further reviewed and grants are negotiated on the strength of the proposal submitted.

The process for soliciting, reviewing, negotiating and awarding grants, in general, follows this order:

 Grants Process Flowchart

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