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Each year, The 84 Movement offers its Chapters the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant. If a Chapter is awarded a mini-grant, they are responsible for completing their project, presenting their findings, and managing their budget. We look forward to reading your applications.

Applications for the 2017-2018 mini-grant cycle are now CLOSED. Check back here for information about next year’s grants soon!

2017-2018 Mini-grant Instructions

Number of awards: Up to 12 Chapters of The 84 will be funded.

Funding amount:

Mini-grant period: October 2017 – June 2018

Overall eligibility: Applying groups must have at least 5 youth and 1 adult advisor who will work on the project, and must be registered for school year 2017-2018 as an 84 Chapter at time of application. Register at

Required events: Kick Butts Day is a required event for all mini-grantees. At least 2 youth and the adult advisor must plan to attend. In addition, it is required that each grantee receive a training pertaining to their grant at the beginning of their grant process. Finally, it is strongly encouraged that Chapters attend the Youth Power Summit on October 28 in Worcester.

Applications for 2017-2018 Grant Year:

Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on the first Tuesday of every month and applicants will be notified shortly thereafter if they are awarded.

Mini-grant Timeline 2017-2018 (dates subject to change)

Applications available online 9/1/2017
First group of applications reviewed 10/2-10/4, 2017
First group of mini-grantees notified 10/6/2017
First group of grantees initial phone call w/ The 84 staff 10/10/17-10/20/17
Youth Power Summit 10/28/2017
Second group of applications reviewed 11/6-11/8, 2017
Second group mini-grantees notified 11/10/2017
Second group of grantees initial phone call w/ The 84 staff 11/13/17-11/21/17
Third group of applications reviewed 12/5-12/7, 2017
Third group of mini-grantees notified 12/8/17
Third group of grantees initial phone call w/ The 84 staff 12/11-12/22/17
Final deadline for ALL mini-grant applications 12/31/2017
Final group of applications reviewed 1/2-1/4, 2018
Final group of mini-grantees notified 1/5/2018
Final group of grantees initial call w/ The 84 staff 1/8-1/19/2018
Kick Butts Day 3/21/2018
Final reports due and all funding must be spent by


Note: If you choose to do a survey of any kind, there will be an additional due date to assess survey quality.

Priorities for academic year 2017-2018

To create lasting, significant change as a movement, this year’s projects will focus on addressing:

  1. Supporting or proposing local policy change to address the tobacco industry’s tactics of making their products – sweet, cheap, and easy to get
  2. Start a conversation in your community about how Big Tobacco targets people of color
  3. Work with your allies in the LGBTQ community to spread the word about how Big Tobacco targets their community

Selection Criteria

Project selection will be made based on the criteria below and the needs of each specific community. To discuss these needs, Chapters should talk with their MTCP community partners. Funding will be given based on availability. The 84 is committed to making sure that Chapters in all areas of the state are funded, especially in communities of need.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Responses to questions, especially about how the project will be completed
  • Need for the project in the community
  • Input from MTCP community partners on the project
  • For past mini-grant recipients, the timeliness of submitting materials, reports, and surveys in previous years will be taken into consideration

Ongoing Technical Assistance and Grant Support

The 84 staff will provide technical assistance and support to all grantees throughout the 2017-2018 cycle.

If you have any questions on the grant process or specific project ideas, please feel free to reach out to the Program Coordinator, Natalie Vanatta by email at to set up a call prior to the application deadline.