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.

Critical Care Fund (CCF) – Community Grant Part B

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.

Step 1
Confirm fit with our funding priorities

The Critical Care Fund (CCF) Program to assist breast health and breast cancer organizations in funding for critically needed mammograms. Projects that provide no cost or low cost clinical breast screenings (e.g., screening mammograms, diagnostic services) or directly link people who are medically underserved, uninsured, underinsured and/or low-income can apply for a Critical Care Fund grant up to $10,000. Programs must describe a plan for appropriate follow-up for abnormal findings. These grants are not intended to supplement funds awarded through the Community Grants Program Part A 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 with priority given to those who are “waitlisted”.

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 is given to Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program lead agencies. Applicants must provide documented proof outlining their relationship with IBCCP, including referrals for eligible patients. Applicants are restricted to one Community Grant award per Komen Chicago fiscal year, per agency of program (April 1 through March 31). If you are a current Community Grant recipient, you may not apply for another  Grant until you have submitted your final report for your current Grant-funded project and it has been approved. Current Komen Chicago Community Grant recipients are eligible to apply for Small Grants.

Step 3
Submit Application

Applications submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are depleted. All grant submissions must be done through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS): The 2018-2019 CCF application instructions are outlined in the applicable RFA, which can be downloaded here.

Helpful Items: GeMS Applicant Manual

Step 4
Notification from us

  • Once we receive your grant application, a confirmation email will be sent through GeMS.
  • Applications will be notified by 11/1.
  • We will contact you if we have questions during review.
  • If a grant is awarded, all contracting will take place through GeMS.