Grant Funding

Komen Chicago keeps up to 75 percent of all monies raised in the Chicagoland Area to fund breast health navigation, breast cancer screening and treatment projects in our community.

A minimum of 25 percent of the net income from each domestic Affiliate Race supports the National Komen Research Grant Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific conferences around the world.

The Susan G. Komen® Mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. As one of a network of more than 100 affiliates around the world, Komen Chicago contributes to the Komen Mission by awarding funds to local not-for-profit organizations that provide innovative breast health and breast cancer services directly to the medically underserved, uninsured or underinsured in the Chicagoland Area.


Komen Chicago is currently offering grants up for innovative breast health programs. Through a community needs assessment we have identified the following funding priority areas:

Priority 1: Increase access to breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment by reducing financial barriers for uninsured and under-insured populations.

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.

Priority 3: Increase capacity for the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care (COC) with the goal of creating continuity between education, navigation, screening, diagnostic, treatment and treatment support programs.

Community Profile

Komen Chicago conducts a Community Profile, also called a community needs assessment, specifically looking at breast health and breast cancer in our five-county service area. The Community Profile is done every three to five years and includes demographics, breast health statistics, an assessment of breast health services, and a survey of community beliefs about breast health and access to care. The Community Profile helps establish priorities that guide grant distributions and improve educational programs of the Komen Chicago Affiliate. The Community Profile facilitates a better understanding of breast health services for the five-county service area by identifying and prioritizing the areas of most need.

2015 Community Profile (full report)

2015 Community Profile (snapshot)