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2018 Community Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, IHEs, Hospitals, and
Agencies for Breast Cancer Care and Support

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Susan G. Komen Colorado

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/05/18 5:00 PM MT


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, hospitals, tribes, educational institutions, and government agencies to provide breast cancer care and support to individuals affected by the disease. LOIs are due October 20. Applicants planning to use a fiscal sponsor must contact program staff prior to applying.

Komen Colorado is currently accepting letters of intent to apply for funding in support of breast health or breast cancer projects that support and promote access to and utilization of services provided in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.

Komen Colorado awards grants using a competitive review process to support evidence-Based projects that contribute to the Affiliate’s overall goals of:

-Reducing breast cancer mortality in part by reducing rates of late-stage diagnosis; and increasing screening rates and access to the breast cancer continuum of care;
-Reducing disparities in breast cancer outcomes between populations;
-Enhancing quality of life for patients;
-Improving patients’ ability to progress along the breast cancer continuum of care in their local communities; and
-Changing individuals’ knowledge of and decision-making about breast cancer risk, screening recommendations, and screening behaviors

Komen Colorado has identified the following two funding priorities:

Priority 1: Removing cost or other barriers that prevent Colorado women and men from entering or proceeding through the breast cancer clinical continuum of care.

Projects should be designed to support the Affiliate’s long-term goal of reducing population-Based disparities in breast cancer outcomes by increasing adherence to screening mammography guidelines based on individual risk to reduce the proportion of cancers diagnosed at a late stage and reduce breast cancer mortalities. Eligible applicants will provide direct clinical services, including breast cancer screenings, diagnostics, or if a patient is diagnosed with the disease, diagnostics and staging, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, patient navigation and complementary therapies. Health clinics that do not provide imaging services are eligible to apply if they demonstrate capacity to connect patients to clinical providers where screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures can be completed.

Preferred projects will demonstrate capacity to ensure completion of:

-Screening and medically necessary diagnostic procedures for individuals living in mountain/resort communities in Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Park, Pitkin and Summit counties
-Screening, medically necessary diagnostic procedures, and treatment for individuals living in Colorado Health Statistics Region 1 (Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington & Yuma counties)
-Screening, diagnostic procedures, and treatment for medically underserved, uninsured, underinsured, linguistically isolated and/or foreign-Born women living in urban Front Range and Northern Colorado communities, including the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Larimer and Weld

Desired outcomes of funded projects:
1. Breast cancer screenings completed based on individual risk
2. At least 45% of people completing breast cancer screenings will not have been screened in at least 2 years
3. Receive definitive diagnostic determination within 60 days of abnormal screening result
4. Removal of identified barriers to receive treatment to promote adherence to medically recommended treatment plan appropriate for diagnosis
5. Receipt of survivorship care plan if treatment completed during grant term

Priority 2: Culturally competent programs that identify and educate medically underserved women and facilitate connecting them to clinical care, with an emphasis on reaching women who have not had a mammogram in at least 2 years.

The Affiliate is seeking proposals for projects utilizing evidence-Based best or promising practices to provide culturally responsive breast health education and health literacy about Colorado’s health care system to diverse populations. Projects must focus on mitigating barriers to screening and follow-up in the event of abnormal screening results. Projects should be designed to support the Affiliate’s long-term goal to change individuals’ knowledge of and decision-making about breast cancer risk, screening recommendations, and screening behaviors.

Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. Projects must be designed to result in documented age-appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Preference given to projects that:

1. Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education about:
-Breast cancer risk;
-Breast cancer screening guidelines based on individual risk;
-Availability and utilization of health insurance and free/reduced-cost breast cancer screening and diagnostic programs;
-Role of preventive care in detecting breast cancer early; and
-How to complete screenings and medically recommended diagnostic procedures.

(Note: programs reaching Hispanics/Latinas must demonstrate capability to provide Spanish-dominant, bilingual education and navigation based on targeted population)

2. Work with clients to actively identify barriers to completing clinical services and collaborate to identify solutions; and

3. Track mammogram completion; percent of completed mammograms among women who have not had a mammogram in at least 2 years, and; change in clients’ knowledge and behaviors about key concepts listed above.

Priority populations include:
-Black/African American women in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Larimer counties;
-Low-income Hispanic/Latina women in Adams, Denver, Eagle, Garfield, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma Counties

Projects serving other communities experiencing breast cancer disparities also will be considered with justification provided by the applicant, including those targeting Asian/Pacific Islander women in Broomfield County.

Desired outcomes of associated projects:
1. Completed mammograms
2. At least 45% of people completing mammograms will not have been screened in at least 2 years
3. Individuals connect to primary care provider if patients/clients do not have current primary care provider
4. Increased understanding of breast cancer risk factors and screening guidelines
5. Increased understanding how to obtain & utilize health insurance
6. Increased understanding of insurance coverage for preventive breast cancer screening, including genetic testing/counseling
7. Identify and mitigate barriers to completing mammograms

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142794

Term of Contract:

Projects must be implemented from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Organization must provide services within one of the 22 counties in the Affiliate’s service area: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma counties.

Komen Colorado will only fund projects that focus on breast health and/or breast cancer for uninsured or underinsured individuals. If a program includes other health issues along with breast cancer, such as increasing overall health literacy or a breast and cervical cancer program, funding may only be requested for the breast cancer portion.

All past and current Komen Colorado-funded grants or awards to Applicant organizations must be up-to-date and in compliance with Komen requirements. Applicants that have partnered with the Affiliate in the past must be considered to be “in good standing” with the Affiliate grants program.

If applicant, or any of its key employees, directors, officers or agents is convicted of fraud or a crime involving any other financial or administrative impropriety in the 12 months prior to the submission deadline for the application, then applicant is not eligible to apply for a grant until 12 months after the conviction. After such 12-month period, applicant must demonstrate in its application that appropriate remedial measures have been taken to ensure that any criminal misconduct does not recur.

The Applicant is in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.

The Applicant is not barred from the receipt of federal or state funding.

Ineligible expenses:
1. Prophylactic surgery
2. Adjuvant therapy to prevent recurrence
3. Reconstructive surgery
4. Fertility assistance
5. Genetic testing and counseling services that are available through other clinical payment sources or patient-assistance programs

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations that plan to use a fiscal sponsor must contact Komen Colorado prior to submitting a grant application.

Interested applicant organizations are required to first submit a Letter of Intent to indicate interest in Komen Colorado funding by 5:00 PM on October 20, 2017.

If the Colorado Affiliate finds the request appropriate and within the scope of our funding priorities, applicants selected will be notified by November 20, 2017, and invited to submit a request for application.

For organizations invited to apply, grant writing support request will be due by December 11, 2017. There will be a GeMS Applicant Webinar available to organizations invited to apply.

-Call for Letters of Intent to Apply: September 9, 2017
-LOIs due: October 20, 5:00 PM
-Notification of LOI Outcome: November 20, 2017
-Applications Available in GeMS: November 20, 2017
-Grantwriting Support: Requests due by December 11, 2017
-Application Deadline: January 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. MT via GeMS
-Award Notification: March 30, 2018
-Award Period: April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019
-Mandatory Orientation: May 2019

View the September 20 webinar recording here:

Contact Information:

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

Mary Coleman

Susan G. Komen
50 S. Steele St., Suite 100
Denver, CO 80209


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USA: Colorado: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma Counties

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