Illinois Tobacco Quitline
CSFA Number: 482-00-0915
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Gail DeVito
Short Description
The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to the American Lung Association in Illinois, pursuant to a direct appropriation from the Illinois Department of Public Health funded through the Tobacco Settlement Recovery Fund, to support the operation of the Illinois Tobacco Quitline (ITQL). Under this program, to operate the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, which provides statewide tobacco cessation telephone counseling services free of charge, develops and distributes tobacco cessation information and printed materials, conducts outreach to health care systems and community-based organizations, particularly those that work with disparate populations, plans media and marketing to promote the ITQL, and purchases and distributes nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in conjunction with telephone cessation counseling. The grantee will implement science-based, policy-focused strategies aligned with State and national goals and objectives to promote tobacco use cessation among adults and youth and to identify and eliminate tobacco-related health disparities among specific population groups. The applicant will propose objectives, strategies and activities that adhere to best practices for cessation interventions in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office on Smoking and Health, Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs (2014) and other national standards for quitline services and activities.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Section 2310-25 of the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law (20 ILCS 2310)
Objectives and Goals
Grantee and subcontractor objectives, strategies and activities for the implementation of the grant must document a timetable that covers the 12-month period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 to achieve the following required grant activities:

1. Provide professional counseling staff, technological staff and infrastructure for the operation and maintenance of the Illinois Tobacco Quitline (ITQL) to serve as a telephone counseling and information dissemination resource for tobacco cessation, with services free of charge to Illinois residents in accordance with the proposed implementation plan and budget approved by the Department.

2. Provide tobacco cessation counseling and information to Illinois residents who call the ITQL for counseling or for information on the behalf of another individual, during the hours agreed upon by the Department and the Grantee.

3. Provide outreach to local health departments, health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and employers statewide to promote and increase referrals to the ITQL, and provide proactive calls to individuals referred by partner organizations.

4. Implement an IDPH-approved, coordinated media and marketing campaign to promote the ITQL to targeted audiences throughout the state. The media campaign will include creative materials, paid media and earned media opportunities.

5. Purchase and distribute nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to eligible ITQL callers through cooperative agreements, in accordance with agreed upon eligibility requirements specified in the Illinois Nicotine Replacement Therapy Distribution Policy.

6. Conduct an evaluation to measure awareness and effectiveness of the media and marketing campaign. The proposed evaluation plan shall be submitted to the Department within 30 days after execution of the grant agreement. The completed evaluation shall be provided to the Department no more than thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period.

7. The applicant agrees to submit quarterly progress reports to IDPH, which will use these reports to track progress toward achievement of program goals and objectives. Failure to submit required reports in a timely manner will result in reimbursement delays and may affect future Department funding.

8. The applicant agrees to participate in (at a minimum) quarterly grantee conference calls with IDPH.

9. All brochures, booklets, flyers, journal articles, programs, advertisements (including print, outdoor, online, radio and television), multimedia presentations, videos, and any other printed or electronic materials (including, but not limited to websites) prepared with funds from this grant will require prior approval from IDPH and inclusion of the following wording: “This project was made possible by funds received from the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
Types of Assistance
Uses and Restrictions
All grant funds must be used for the sole purposes set forth in the grant proposal and application and must be used in compliance with all applicable laws. Grant funds may not be used as matching funds for any other grant program. Use of grant funds for prohibited purposes may result in loss of grant award and/or place the grantee at risk for recouping of those funds used for the prohibited purpose.
Expenditure reports must be submitted quarterly. To be reimbursable under the IDPH/Office of Health Promotion Grant Agreement, expenditures must meet the following general criteria:
• Be necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient administration of the program and not be a general expense required to carry out the overall responsibilities of the applicant.
• Be authorized or not prohibited under federal, state or local laws, or regulations.
• Conform to any limitations or exclusions set forth in the applicable rules, program description, budget preparation instructions or grant agreement.
• Be accorded consistent treatment through application of generally accepted accounting principles, appropriate to the circumstances.

• Not be allocable to or included as a cost of any state or federally-financed program in either the current or a prior period.

• Be net of all applicable credits.
Unallowable uses of ITQL grant funds include, but are not limited, to the following:
1. Any expense for political or religious purposes;
2. Contributions or donations;
3. Incentives that are not related to program delivery, including but not limited to t-shirts, bags, backpacks, hats, pencils, rulers, bandage holders;
5. Fundraising or legislative lobbying expenses;
6. Payment of bad or non-program related debts, fines, or penalties;
7. Contribution to a contingency fund or provision for unforeseen events;
8. Entertainment, food, beverages or gratuities;
9. Membership fees;
10. Interest or financial payments or other fines or penalties;
11. Purchase or improvement of land or purchase, improvement or construction of a building;
12. Any expenditure that may create conflict of interest or the perception of impropriety;
13. Audit expenses;
16. Subscription costs;
22. Tobacco cessation class materials, including instructor and participant materials (i.e., workbooks);
23. Salary and wages, fringe benefits, or contractual costs related to cessation classes;
24. Gift cards (i.e., fuel, restaurants, transportation, retailers)
Eligibility Requirements
The American Lung Association in Illinois is the sole organization eligible for this grant funding opportunity. The Prospective grantee (the American Lung Association in Illinois) may apply for this grant but will not be eligible for a grant award until it is pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee portal, During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
The ITQL grant is a non-competitive award to the American Lung Association, pursuant to a direct appropriation from the Illinois Department of Public Health, funded through the Tobacco Settlement Recovery Fund. Application review and approval will be completed by the Office of Health Promotion review team based on adherence to ITQL grant application guidelines, budget preparation instructions, proposed work plan and timely submission of application in EGrAMS. Funds awarded to a successful applicant will be provided on the basis of 50% partial advance payment upon execution of the grant agreement and the remainder of the funds distributed through reimbursement. The grantee will document actual expenditures incurred for conducting program activities. The grantee will submit the IDPH Reimbursement Certification Form for all expenditures, including those incurred under the advance payment.
Assistance Consideration
After IDPH review and approval of program expenditures, and following exhaustion of the advance payment, a voucher will be prepared and processed through the Office of the State Comptroller for payment. Reimbursement requests must be submitted quarterly. The final reimbursement must be received by IDPH within 30 days after the close of the grant period (July 29, 2020).
Post Assistance Requirements
As specified in the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, Notice of Noncompetitive Funding Information, fiscal reports must be submitted monthly through EGrAMS, program performance reports must be submitted monthly, quarterly, and annually in an IDPH-required format.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs (2014)
• Various guidance documents published by the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC)
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $3,100,000
FY 2018 : $3,100,000
FY 2019 : $3,100,000
FY 2020 : $3,100,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities