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TUPE Cohort J Tier 1 RFA 2014-17 Cover Letter

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

September 19, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents and Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Coordinators:

2014 COHORT J TIER 1 REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TOBACCO-USE PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM COMPETITIVE GRANTS FOR GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE

The California Department of Education (CDE) is soliciting applications to fund school-based Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program projects. The TUPE Program provides Tier 1 grants for a maximum of $4,500 to school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools in California wishing to enforce a tobacco-free school policy and conduct the California Healthy Kids Survey.

The Legislature is expected to appropriate funding for the TUPE Program as part of the 2014–15 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 July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2017.

Information about the application process is found in the RFA, available on the CDE TUPE Funding Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at/tupefunding.asp. This RFA describes the TUPE Program elements and contains instructions and attachments necessary to complete the application.

Interested Tier 1 applicants are required to work with their County TUPE Coordinator when developing the application and, if awarded funding, to implement the program. All questions about the Tier 1 RFA must be addressed to the County TUPE Coordinator.

An important emphasis of the Tier 1 grant is the collaboration between the local educational agency (LEA) and the County TUPE Coordinator. It is recommended that applicants contact their respective County TUPE Coordinator very early in the process to develop the collaborative relationship and agreements described in the RFA.

An original application and four copies must be mailed or delivered so that they are received by 4:00 p.m., on or before Wednesday, January 15, 2014, to:

Rachael Gutierrez, Staff Services Analyst
Coordinated School Health and Safety Office
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 6408
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

The LEAs are encouraged to apply as a consortium, and should contact their County TUPE Coordinator no later than October 30, 2013. Contact information for the County TUPE Coordinator can be found on the CDE’s County Office of Education TUPE Coordinators’ Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at/countycoordinators.asp.

If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please contact Greg Wolfe, School Health Education Consultant, Coordinated School Health and Safety Office, by phone at 916-319-0193 or by e-mail at gwolfe@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

William J. Ellerbee, Jr., Deputy Superintendent
Student Support and Special Services Branch

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