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TUPE Grades 6-12 RFA Cover Letter FY 2010-11

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

March 24, 2010

Dear Select County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators and Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Coordinators:


The California Department of Education (CDE) is soliciting applications to fund school-based Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program projects. The TUPE Program provides grants for a maximum of $2,000,000 to school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools in California wishing to address tobacco-use prevention, intervention, and cessation issues identified by a broad collaborative group of students, parents, school staff, and the community.

The Legislature is expected to appropriate funding for this program through the 2010-11 Budget Act. The funding source is the Health Education Account of the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Surtax Fund which provides tobacco surtax funds for school-based TUPE Programs. Multiple grants will be awarded as a result of this Request for Applications (RFA). The level of funding appropriated by the Legislature, the number of qualified applications, and the total amount requested by qualified applications will determine the number of grants awarded. Successful applicants will receive grants with three-year funding beginning June 29, 2010, and ending June 28, 2013.

Information about the application process is found in the RFA, available on the CDE TUPE Funding Web page at This RFA describes the TUPE Program elements and contains instructions and attachments necessary to complete the application.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an Intent to Submit an Application (Attachment A) form provided in the application packet. Contact information provided by interested applicants will be added to an e-mail contact list. Questions submitted by applicants and answered by the CDE will be posted by e-mail using this contact list.

An important emphasis of the TUPE Program is the intra-district collaboration toward district prevention efforts and the inter-program collaboration between schools, students, parents, and community. It is recommended that applicants contact their respective partners very early in the process to develop collaborative relationships and agreements for future partnerships.

An original application and three copies must be mailed or delivered to the CDE, Safe and Healthy Kids Program Office, 1430 N Street, Suite 6408, Sacramento, CA 95814-5901 by 4:00 p.m., on or before May 24, 2010. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact John Lagomarsino, School Health Education Consultant, Safe and Healthy Kids Program Office, by phone at 916-323-1540 or by e-mail at



Rick Miller, Deputy Superintendent
P-16 Policy and Information Branch


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