How to Apply for the Critical Care Fund

2017 – 2018 Critical Care Fund Small Grants Request for Application

In response to continued cuts in the Illinois state budget, the Komen Chicago Affiliate established the Critical Care Fund (CCF) Small Grants Program to assist breast health and breast cancer organizations in funding for critically needed mammograms. Nonprofit organizations providing free or low-cost breast screening and diagnostic services (or linking patients to these services) can apply for a Critical Care Fund grant for up to $10,000.

Komen Chicago’s Critical Care Fund applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all of the funds are depleted.  Applications will be reviewed on the 1st  and 15th of every month. Applicants will be notified of funding generally within 45 days of submission. If and when funds are depleted, the Critical Care Fund application process will be closed until further notice.

These grants are not intended to supplement funds awarded through the Community Grants Program and are only to be used for breast screenings  and diagnostic services (e.g., screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, MRI, biopsies) targeting people who are medically underserved, underinsured, uninsured and/or low-income with priority given to those “waitlisted”.

Click here for the 2017-2018 Critical Care Fund Small Grants RFA.

The grant application will be live in GeMS in June 2017, exact date TBD.

*The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) provides free cancer screenings to women who are uninsured.  However, funding for IBCCP has declined and due to budget inaction, many local IBCCP agencies have been forced to reduce hours and services, waitlist women seeking care, or close their program altogether.  Mammograms are critical to detecting cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and less expensive.


  • All Small Grants (funding up to $10,000) are for a one year period.  Organizations are eligible for only one small grant award per fiscal year (Community Grant recipients are ineligable for the Critical Care Fund Grant).
  • Preference is given to applicants that have a documented relationship with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program*, including referrals for eligible patients.
  • Applications are accepted on rolling basis until the funds are depleted
  • Applicants must show/document how patients with abnormal results will be linked to follow up care
  • For applications seeking funds greater than $10,000 or seeking to provide screening, diagnostic and/or treatment services, please refer to our Community Grants RFA.

For more information regarding the grant process or application, please contact:

Taylor Becker – Mission Coordinator
Ph: (773) 444-0061 ext. 101