Community Grants Application Process

Step 1: Confirm Fit with Our Funding Priorities

Priority 1: To increase access by reducing barriers to care for screening, diagnostics and treatment for uninsured and under-insured populations in Cook and McHenry Counties.

Priority 2: Increase access to culturally relevant patient navigation for uninsured and underinsured populations in Cook and McHenry Counties.

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. Preference given to those projects focused on our key priority counties as specified in the 2015 Community Profile: Cook and McHenry.

Step 3: Attend a Komen Chicago Grant Application Workshop
  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 have 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):

2019 Grant Application Workshop Dates – Please Check Back in Fall 2019

Below is the PowerPoint presentation as well as the handouts from the FY19-20 workshop.

Step 4: Submit Application

Please check back for more information on how to submit a Community Grant application in Fall 2019

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 Komen Chicago
  • 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 2020.
  • The grant cycle runs April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021.


The Komen Chicago Affiliate accepts Community Grant Applications once per year.

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 community grants program, please contact us by clicking here.