CAM Request for Proposal Information


The San Francisco Study Center, in partnership with the Tobacco Free Project of the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch, San Francisco Department of Public Health is releasing this Request for Proposals.

Through this RFP, funding will be made available to at least five organizations to implement Community Action Model (CAM) projects, a five (5) step process that builds capacity of Emerging Community Leaders (ECLs).  Emerging Community Leaders (ECLs) are defined as either adults or youth who are willing to engage and receive training and support to improve health equity for their community through Policy-System-Environmental changes (Action). Emerging Community Leaders actively engage in learning and leading on health equity analysis and Policy-System-Environmental Change activities.  Funded organizations, with the technical assistance of the TFP staff, will train and guide a cohort of ECLs to implement community-led research, community organizing, media campaign, health education, and other activities to achieve their selected Action

Two types of funding are being offered: Project Steps Est. FY17-18 Amount
Community Action Model- Planning Grant CAM Step 1-3, only $50,000
Community Action Model- Implementation Grant CAM Step 1-5 $100,000

Topic Areas include:

  • Limiting menthol and flavored tobacco products
  • Healthy Retail/Corner stores
  • Smoke-free faith community campuses
  • Smoke-free multi-unit housing (voluntary)
  • Minimum retail sale price or limiting promotions of tobacco products
  • Minimum pack size of tobacco products
  • Reducing tobacco product waste/litter
  • Other tobacco-related community health issues

To respond to this Request for Proposal, applicants must follow the procedures and instructions as follows:

Activity Deadline
Release of the Request for Proposal Week of February 6th, 2017
Informational Meeting Thursday, March 16th, 2017 from 1-2PM
RFP Applications Due March 31, 2017 at 12PM Noon
Independent Review Panel Process Anticipated: Week of April 3rd, 2017
Notification of Award Anticipated: Mid-April 2017
Sub-Contract Negotiation Period Anticipated: May-June 2017
Sub-Contract Commences Anticipated: July 1st, 2017

Informational meeting
Informational meeting will be held for one hour on Thursday, March 16th from 1-2PM at 25 Van Ness Room 610, San Francisco, 94102. All questions about the CAM RFP must be submitted online by March 15th at 12PM at the website below.  A summary of the meeting and submitted written questions will also be made available after the meeting.

Review Process
Applications will be read and scored by an independent review panel made up of culturally and ethnically diverse tobacco control and community health professionals in the Bay Area using the criteria outlined in Attachment E.  It is anticipated that the review panel will meet during the week of April 3rd, 2017.  Outcomes of the review panel will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Public Health prior to notification of tentative award and commencement of contract negotiation.

Notification of Award and Contract Negotiation
Notification of award letters are anticipated to be sent out in mid-April 2017. We reserve the right to offer Planning grant funding to organizations that apply for an Implementation grant. Contract negotiation period will take place from May through June 2017. The project start date is tentatively set for July 1, 2017 for the fiscal year July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.

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More information about the Community Action Model and past funded projects can be found here: