The Komen Chicago Affiliate accepts Community Grant Applications once per year. Information on the 2018-2019 Community 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.

Community Grants
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.

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 Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations, nonprofit hospitals and hospital systems, governmental entities, Native American tribes, and nonprofit educational institutions. Organizations that plan to use a fiscal sponsor must contact the Komen Chicago 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.

Step 3
Attend a grant application workshop that Komen Chicago is hosting. See below for date, time, & location. The purpose of the workshop is to help potential applicants better respond to our RFA. No additional opportunities will be provided for training. Due to the fact that Komen Chicago has moved to a new online system the training was essential for potential applicants. Helpful items been provided in Step 4 including the user manual for GeMS for your reference. Interested applicants should complete the Community Grant (CG) Application online through the Grants e-Management System (GeMS):

Grant Application Workshop Dates – Click here to register. 

  • McHenry County: October 12th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, MCDH Health Clinic Community Room, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014— EVENT CANCELLED
  • Virtual Webinar: October 20th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Link will be provided closer to date
  • Cook County: October 31st, 10:00 – 12:00 PM, Gilda’s Club, 537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Below is the PowerPoint presentation as well as the handouts from the FY18-19 workshop.

*2018 – 2019 RFA and Application Sample will be updated by October 12th, 2017.

Step 4
Submit Application

Applications must be submitted on or before 5:00pm CST on November 27th, 2017, through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS) at The 2018 – 2019 application is live in GeMS on October 9th, 2017.  The 2018-2019 grant cycle application instructions are outlined in the applicable RFA, which can be downloaded above.

Additional Items: Attachment

A: Federal Poverty Guidelines/Income Levels Attachment
B: Definition of Good Standing Attachment
C: Medicare Rates Attachment
D: GeMS User Roles Attachment
E: Sample MOU

Helpful Items: GeMS Applicant Manual

Step 5
Notification from us

  • Once you submit your grant application through GeMS, an acknowledgement email will be sent through GeMS.
  • We will contact you if we have questions during the compliance review.
  • You will receive an email notification as to whether your application will proceed to the review panel for review and scoring.
  • You will receive an email notification regarding the funding decision in March.
  • If a grant is awarded, all contracting processes will take place through GeMS. Your organization will be required to attend a grantee orientation in spring 2018.
  • The grant cycle runs April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019.