Small Grants Application Information

The Komen Chicago Affiliate accepts Small Grant Applications for technical assistance and capacity building twice per year. Information on the 2017-2018 Small Grant can be found below.

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.

If you have questions regarding our grants program, please contact us by clicking here.

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

Confirm fit with our funding priorities

Priority 1: To increase access to breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment by reducing financial barriers for uninsured and under-insured populations. • Priority populations include (in no particular order): Hispanic/Latina; African American/Black; Low-income

Priority 2: Increase culturally relevant breast health education and awareness in uninsured and under-insured populations through the usage and/or in partnerships with community-based navigation programs. • Note: Programs that only address awareness/education only programs will not be considered. Direct services must be provided and tracked

Priority 3: Increase capacity for the continuum of breast health care with the goal of creating continuity between education, navigation, screening, diagnostic, treatment and treatment support programs.

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.

Technical Assistance is usually focused on addressing internal operational or management challenges or issues with a focus on problem-solving or increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Technical assistance may include bringing in outside expertise that does not currently exist within an organization.

Capacity Building is enhancing an organization’s ability to provide services by redesigning processes, implementing new practices, or developing collaborations or partnerships that will improve local breast health and breast cancer services. A grant request through this program can include both technical assistance and capacity.

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

Applications submissions will be accepted twice a year: June 15th, 2017 and November 1st, 2017. All grant submissions must be done through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS): The 2017-2018 small grant cycle application instructions are outlined in the applicable RFA, which can be downloaded here.

Helpful Items: GeMS Applicant 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 within 30 days.
  • If a grant is awarded, all contracting will take place through GeMS.

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