Request for Applications: 2023-2024 College Campus Gambling Prevention Initiative

Request for Applications
2023-2024 College Campus Gambling Prevention Initiative

Funding is now available to allow campuses the opportunity to implement on campus activities to raise
awareness about the risks associated with gambling and positively impact the campus community

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, 75% of American college students report they have
gambled in the past year with 6% reporting a serious gambling problem.

Adults ages 18-24 have been shown to have a significantly higher risk of developing problems related to gambling. Colleges, universities, and community colleges across Connecticut are now eligible to participate in a campaign to raise awareness that gambling is not a risk-free activity. Campus funded activities will promote healthy/responsible decisions around gambling.

The goal of this program is to design and promote activities that would educate students and raise awareness of gambling related harm, improve their campus policies around gambling, hold events such as screening days or host resource tables, implement training, or create campaigns.

In October of 2021, the State of Connecticut expanded gambling opportunities to include online sports betting and online casino gaming. Since the expansion, the state has collected over 35 million dollars in payments from online gaming.

Helpline calls to the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) have more than doubled since the launch with an increase in a younger demographic. Due to the rapid speed of play of online casino and sports betting, callers report developing problems more quickly compared to other forms of gambling.
Now more than ever, it is important to raise awareness about the risks associated with gambling, support
safer gambling at the college level and make sure students are aware of the resources available. Currently,
there are no alternative initiatives to address problem gambling on college campuses in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling will work with approximately ten (10) colleges and/or
universities regarding the harms associated with gambling. Through a Request for Applications (RFA) process,students and/or staff advisors will have the opportunity to apply for funding to incorporate the seven (7) prevention strategies for community change to address problem gambling and administer a standardized
student survey.
The seven strategies are:

 provide information,
 enhance skills,
 provide support,
 enhance access/barriers,
 change consequences through incentives and/or disincentives,
 change physical design,
 and/or modify and change policies.

In addition, grantees will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework Model and receive a standardized studentsurvey to implement their campus-wide assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, andevaluation efforts.

Eligible applicants:
Any Connecticut college or university is eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to meet the requirements ofthe program.

Time period:
The RFA will close on August 31, 2023. Applicants will receive notification of award by September 5, 2023.
The grant period will be from award notification on September 5, 2023, and continue through June 28,

Funded applicants will receive up to $5,000 based on amount requested in the applications to support the
costs of the project (i.e. participation incentives, food for meetings, marketing materials, speaker fees,
workshops, implementation of surveys, promotional materials, and other costs pre-approved by CCPG).
Grantees will receive stipends in one payment of approved budget request at the beginning of the award and will be required to report monthly on progress of activities utilizing the providing monthly tracking tool.

documents will be due prior to June 28, 2024.
Eligible activities:
Applicants must submit a work plan with their application by August 31, 2023, that outlines the proposed
activities in detail. Within the parameters of this program, colleges/universities will be asked to focus on at
least two (2) strategies and implement a minimum of four (4) activities on campus during the academic year
to raise public awareness, increase knowledge and reduce risk of campus community members.
Additionally, there will be an online brief standardized student survey given to all grantees to collect data
from your undergraduate students before October 27, 2023.
7 Prevention Strategies for Community Change
Activities May Include:
Provide Information Promote the following resources for help:
Helpline, the Bettor Choice Program, Gam-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, Self-Exclusion and safeguard options. Promote all state-wide Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) events and webinars.
Promote National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) Responsible Gifting Campaigns. Host a webinar, in-person presentation or lunch and learn for students and faculty on the awareness of potential risk/harms associated with gambling particularly with sport betting.
Host a problem gambling screening event/table on campus that includes resources.

Enhance Skills (& Build Capacity) Provide trainings for campus police, public safety officers, Residential Advisors, and counseling staff to recognize signs of gambling related problems, responsible gambling guidelines, and resources for help. Provide trainings for students to recognize signs of gambling related problems, responsible gambling guidelines, and resources for help. Provide Support Work with campus departments to incorporate gambling into already existing programs and course work. Collaborate with already existing committees that focus on reducing substance misuse to incorporate gambling into efforts. Change Access/ Barriers Integrate gambling awareness into campus prevention programs including providing information about responsible gambling.

Promote the availability of helplines and treatment resources in the community. Create strategies the support coordination and training of campus wide staff to recognize signs of gambling problems in students.
Change Consequences with Incentives/Disincentives Assess current campus rules/consequences
and enforcement efforts for gambling. Change Physical Design Conduct an environmental scan of what the advertisements (both physical and online) and product placement look like in your community.

Explore opportunities for permanent signage.
Modify/Change Policy Meet with administration regarding campus
policies for gambling.
Assess current campus policies for gambling
and submit plans for change.
Review process and criteria:
Each eligible application will be reviewed by CT Council on Problem Gambling staff.

Each college/university will submit monthly progress reports utilizing the provided tracking tool. Final report will include 3-5 slides highlighting efforts and strategies implemented on the campus and advisors will complete apost project evaluation.

Data collection and evaluation:
A brief, standardized student survey and evaluation tools are available and will be provided prior to the start of 5 the project. Campuses will be asked to disseminate this standardized survey for students using a provided online link to assess gambling behaviors and needs. The goal would be to receive survey responses from at least 10% of your undergraduate student population on your campus to ensure it is a representative sample. Deadline for data collection is October 27th.

Application deadline:
Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2023 by 5 pm. Applications must be submitted to Kaitlin
Brown at Please use the subject line “College Campus Gambling Prevention Initiative

Grant timeline:
RFA released August 8, 2023
Applications due with workplan & budget August 31, 2023
Notification of award September 5, 2023
Participant Meeting of designated point persons & required
“Problem Gambling Overview Training” facilitated by CCPG
September 21, 2023 12:30 pm- 2 pm
Completion of undergraduate student survey October 27, 2023
Provide Monthly Progress Update to CCPG utilizing monthly tracking tool
Submit Final Project Documents June 28, 2024

Application Information
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Contact Name
Phone Number
Email Address
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Application Budget Template
Please provide a description of the four (4) activities you plan to implement on your campus with
this funding. For a list of sample activities, please refer to the RFA. Please also include your
requested budget ($1,000-$5,000) for implementation.
Description Estimated Expense
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