Small Grants Application Information

Please note: Komen Chicago is not a direct service provider. We do not provide funds directly to individuals for screening or treatment, nor do we determine individual eligibility, make referrals, or influence the screening or treatment decisions of the organizations we fund.

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Small Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Grants

Small Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Grants

In response to community need, Komen Chicago Affiliate established the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Grants Program to assist breast health and breast cancer organizations in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs. Nonprofit organizations implementing breast health and breast cancer programs can apply for technical assistance and/or capacity building grants for up to $10,000. These grants are not intended to supplement funds awarded through the Community Grants Program.

Step 1

The funding priority areas are listed below in no particular order:

  • Programs that reduce systemic, financial and individual barriers to breast health services for targeted populations in our service area, including African American, Hispanic/Latina, low income (at or below 250% Federal Poverty Level) and un-/underinsured women.

Note: Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer

  • Programs that are designed to provide culturally-relevant evidence-based breast cancer education, linking women to free and reduced-cost breast health services, particularly to underserved, uninsured and minority women.
  • Programs that include services to help patients navigate through the continuum of care to insure that they are screened and that those with abnormal results receive the appropriate follow-up diagnostic and treatment services, particularly in those areas where services are not available or where there are barriers to accessing the services that are available.
  • Programs whose goals and methodologies are designed to reach underserved and uninsured women in Cook and McHenry County for breast cancer screenings.

Small grants funding is to assist breast health and breast cancer organizations to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs. Requests to fund clinical services will not be considered.

Educational/Outreach Grants

Purpose: To explore new approaches to reduce breast cancer education barriers identified in communities and populations at highest risk of not meeting Health People 2020 late-stage diagnosis and death rate targets and identified in the 2015 Community Profile. Education and outreach projects must lead to a documented breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram; importance of follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Amount: Up to $10,000 Recognition requirements: Susan G. Komen Chicago must be recognized in all materials.

Capacity Building Grants

Purpose: To explore new approaches to reduce breast cancer education barriers identified in communities and population at highest risk of not meeting Healthy People 2020 late-stage diagnosis and death rate targets and identified in the 2015 Community Profile. Education and outreach projects must lead to a documented breast cancer action (e.g., getting screening mammogram; importance of follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Amount: Up to $10,000 Recognition requirements: Susan G. Komen Chicago must be recognized in all materials.

Step 2

Verify Eligibility

Any United States nonprofit, federally tax-exempt organization may apply for a grant, assuming that the applicant meets all other requirements as stated in the Small Grants Application. Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations, nonprofit hospitals and hospital systems, governmental entities, Indian tribes, and nonprofit educational institutions. Organizations who plan to use a fiscal sponsor must contact the Affiliate prior to submitting a grant application. Organization must provide services within one of the 5 counties in the Affiliate’s service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties.

Step 3

Submit Application

 All grant submissions must be done through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS): affiliategrants.komen.org. The 2017-2018 small grant cycle application instructions are outlined in the applicable RFA, which can be downloaded here.

Helpful Items: GeMS Applicant User Manual 

Step 4

Notification from us

  • Once we receive your grant application, a confirmation email will be sent through GeMS.
  • We will contact you if we have questions during review.
  • You will receive an email notification regarding the funding decision by 11/1/17.
  • If a grant is awarded, all contracting will take place through GeMS.

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