Spark Awards Record Number of Mini-Grants
15 Wisconsin colleges receiving mini-grants for 2016-2017 school year
(September 7, 2016)
Spark, Wisconsin’s young adult tobacco prevention program, awarded mini-grants to 15 Wisconsin colleges & universities for the 2016-2017 school year.
This is the largest number of mini-grantees Spark will be working with since the program began in 2011.
$1,500 mini-grants help schools work toward, implement or maintain 100% tobacco-free campus policies, and educate the campus community that tobacco in all its forms is a threat. In addition to working toward policy change (or educating the campus community about a tobacco-free campus policy already in place), mini-grant schools are required to conduct earned media activities and present about “other tobacco products” that are often used by young adults, including hookah, flavored cigars, chew and e-cigarettes.
A list and map of all current and former Spark partners across the state, as well as more information about Spark mini-grants, are available at www.sparkwi.org. This year's mini-grantees are:
- Carthage College
- Concordia University Wisconsin
- Marquette University
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- University of Wisconsin-River Falls
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Ashland
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Rice Lake
- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior
Before the semester started, Spark hosted a networking call for Wisconsin colleges to discuss their educational efforts planned for the fall semester. 25 participants – some from current and former mini-grant schools, as well as new partners – came together to ask questions and share ideas for the new school year. Wisconsin schools (with and without mini-grants) and other partners also have the opportunity to meet and network in person at the third Tobacco-Free College Campus Summit on October 19 in Madison.
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