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Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Educational Institutions for Breast Cancer Education

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Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF)

Deadline Date:

05/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for breast cancer outreach and education projects. Projects should focus on providing education in small group or one-on-one settings and aim to reach as many people as possible.

1. Priority: Educate women in the areas where they need to become proactive advocates for their own breast health through Educational Workshops (i.e. pre-diagnosis, urgency after diagnosis, types of chemo, types of surgery, etc.)

Statement of need: There is general agreement that the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the greater the long-term survival rate. The American Cancer Society lists the 5-year Relative Survival Rates by stage with the survival rate for stages 0 and I at 100%, II at 93%, III at 72%, and IV at 22%.

The National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) 5-year Relative Survival Rates uses different terms for stages. Those that are localized or confined to the primary site has a survival rate of 98.6%. Those that are regional or spread to regional lymph nodes has a survival rate of 84.9%. Distant or where the cancer has metastasized beyond the regional lymph nodes has a survival rate of 25.9%.

Education is key to understanding one's risk factors, developing breast self-awareness (become aware of the changes that might occur in their body), knowing the examination and tests that may result in a diagnosis of breast cancer, understanding the types and stages of breast cancer, and knowing the treatment options. Throughout the process, education is key for a person diagnosed with breast cancer to understand which treatment will fit his/her specific life needs.

2. Priority: Provide education to breast cancer survivors, their families, and advocates on life after or with cancer, including the “transition phase” from active treatment to survivorship.

Statement of Need: There has been a diagnosis of breast cancer and there has been surgery and treatment for the cancer. The focus of both the patient and the family has been primarily on the medical issues, in getting through surgery and treatment. Suddenly, the survivor and family are faced with the stark reality of life after treatment. How does one live with cancer or the possibility of a recurrence, and how does one transition from active medical treatment to survivorship?

All too often the psychosocial effects of the diagnosis, surgery, and treatment overwhelm the survivor and the family. Divorce and separation rates among cancer patients vary widely depending on whether it is the man or woman with cancer. For women with breast cancer, the divorce and/or separation rate almost doubles from 11.6% to 20.8%. Beyond the possibility of separation and divorce is the effect on the whole family. In an article by Pat Edens, PhD., The Effects of Cancer on the Family from, she makes the point that "all families must go through a learning process to define the steps necessary to manage the cancer diagnosis of a loved one. The primary caregiver for the patient is most affected, but other family members also share in the stress."
3. Priority: Provide education on breast health to young women and men with a focus on middle school, high school, and college ages. 

Statement of Need: Finding information on breast health for adolescents is almost non-existent in the literature. In speaking to various organizations and reading recent research, teenagers and college students have increased as a targeted population for introducing educational resources on breast cancer. Adolescence, however, still remains a gray area. Schools have attempted to incorporate the breast health as part of their health courses with poor results. The recommendations appear to be consistent in many of the programs in which adolescent students in middle school "should have breast health education provided by their physicians, family discussions or in a one on one environment"  (Journal of Education Teach, 2013).

Promotion of breast health is an attitude that, if fostered early in life, may pay lifelong dividends. The adolescent period is a time of rapid change, physical and emotional, that provides teaching opportunities for shaping health behaviors into adulthood. Breast health programs focus on adolescent females with the premise that teaching adolescent's breast self-awareness will increase the likelihood they will continue the practice into adulthood. For example, teaching breast health may influence positive behaviors such as seeking regular professional examinations when changes in breasts are noticed (American Cancer Society, 2013; Ludwick & Gaczkowski, 2001; Ogletree, Hammig, Drolet, & Birch, 2004). In an attempt to improve early detection, preventive health services such as breast health awareness have been widely promoted among older women. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that breast health education and self-awareness should be taught to adolescents in private offices, clinics, and high school health education classes during the preteen and teen years (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010; American Academy of Family Physicians, 2011).
4. Priority: Create and provide a method of education on late stage breast cancer diagnosis that will help reduce the percentage of these diagnoses in the areas that exceed the state of Florida average.

Statement of Need: There is a need to reduce late stage diagnosis in all counties in Florida The counties and zip codes within those counties whose residents have rates of late stage diagnosis of breast cancer higher than the Florida statewide average should be areas that are targeted for efforts to reduce late stage diagnosis.

It is clear from the statistics from three different organizations - the National Cancer Institute (SEER), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN), that those diagnosed with metastatic or late stage breast cancer have a significantly lower 5-year survival rate than those who are diagnoses with either Stage 1 or Stage 2 breast cancer.

According to the Florida Cancer Data System, of all breast cancer diagnoses, the advanced or late stage diagnosis statewide in 2012 was 33.9%. The averages by county ranged as high as 55%. According to the data, late stage diagnosis of breast cancer is more prevalent among black women than white women. In addition, the mortality rate is significantly higher among black women under the age of 65 than white women of the same age. Those ethnic groups, particularly black women, that have a higher percentage of cases diagnosed as late stage coupled with a higher percentage of death from cases diagnosed demand special attention.

-Projects must be specific to breast health awareness and education/or breast cancer; e.g. if a project is a combined breast and other cancer project, funding may only be requested for the breast cancer portion.
-Services must be provided in Florida.
-Equipment costs, if applicable, may not exceed 15% of direct costs and should be used 100% on this project.
-FBCF will only cover up to $10.00 per person per meal.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138041

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $5,000 for projects in a single county and up to $10,000 for projects provided in multiple counties.

Term of Contract:

Grants are available for projects that take place over a 12-month period (August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Florida nonprofit community-based organizations that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) and Florida governmental entities are eligible to apply for funding, e.g., Florida tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, Florida tax-exempt educational institutions, Florida governmental agencies, and Indian tribes within the State of Florida. US citizenship or residency is not required.

Funding is not available for screening, treatment programs, one-time events, conferences, symposiums, seminars, and participation as an exhibitor, presentation, or attendance at health fairs, conferences, symposiums, and seminars.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted in English.

The application deadline is May 1, 2018. Applications must be postmarked by this date to be accepted.

Important Dates:
-February 26, 2018: Announcement of RFP
-May 1, 2018: Application due - Must be postmarked no later than this date
-July 2018: Grantees notified of funding
-August 1, 2018: Grant cycle begins
-February 1, 2019: 6 Month Progress Report Due
-July 31, 2019: End of Grant cycle and Final Report Due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jessica Parker-Kerr

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation
Attn: Jessica Parker-Kerr, Programs Director
11900 Biscayne Blvd Suite 288
North Miami, Florida 33181

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida