Grant Funding

Komen Chicago invests 100% of net proceeds for investment in the Chicagoland Area. Funds support breast health navigation, breast cancer screening and treatment projects in our community and locally conducted research by Komen Scholars and 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 by Reducing Barriers to Care

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Cook and McHenry Counties. “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” (Patient Advocate Foundation,

Komen Chicago seeks to fund projects that build the capacity for the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care by increasing access to low or no cost breast cancer screening/diagnostics/treatment services, diagnostic/treatment co-pay or deductible assistance, and survivorship support through reducing financial barriers for uninsured and under-insured populations o Priority populations include: African American/Black; Hispanic/Latina and low-income individuals.

Priority 2: Increase Access to Culturally Relevant Patient Navigation

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for uninsured and underinsured populations that reside in Cook and McHenry Counties. Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary. Patient navigation is a process by which a trained individual- patient navigator- guides patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system. The primary focus of a patient navigator is on the individual patient, with responsibilities centered on coordinating and improving access to timely diagnostic and treatment services tailored to individual needs. Patient navigators offer interventions that may vary from patient to patient along the continuum of care and include a combination of informational, emotional, and practical support (i.e., breast cancer education, counseling, care coordination, health system navigation, and access to transportation, language services and financial resources).

Komen Chicago seeks to support the increased utilization of culturally relevant patient navigation through the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for 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.

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)