Last Modified: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 11:26 AM
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living recently gave $62,000 in Community Advocacy Grants to four Lake Area community organizations. All together, 30 Louisiana-based community organizations received about $480,000 in one-year grant funding, effective July 1.
“Community Advocacy Grants are a part of TFL’s efforts to promote smoke-free policies and decrease other tobacco use in Lake Charles and throughout Louisiana,” Cassondra Guilbeau, who is the regional coordinator for TFL, said in a news release. “The grant recipients received this funding in an effort to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to advocate for tobacco-free policies that protect all Louisianans.”
The selected organizations include:
Sowela Technical Community College — $12,000
Tipitina’s Foundation (Region 5) — $15,000
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation — $15,000
United Way of Southwest Louisiana — $20,000
TFL grantees will use these funds to support tobacco prevention and control programs that “facilitate youth empowerment, promote advocacy, and engage special populations — including youth/college students, service industry employees, entertainers and bar/gaming facility employees — that are disproportionately impacted by tobacco and secondhand smoke,” according to a news release.