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Grants to Indiana and Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies
for Breast Cancer Outreach and Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Susan G. Komen Central Indiana

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/19/18 3:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Indiana and Illinois nonprofits and governmental agencies for breast health outreach programs and breast cancer services to residents within the Funding Source's service area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a grant writing workshop scheduled for either October 18, November 3, 7, or 15, 2017.

Komen Central Indiana will award community grants to organizations that will provide breast cancer projects that address specific funding priorities, which were selected based on data from the 2015 Komen Central Indiana Community Profile Report.

The following priorities have been identified:

Breast Cancer Education:

Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings will be considered for funding under this program. 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, etc.). Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target un- and underinsured women living in the priority counties of Boone, Marion, Rush, Shelby, Vermillion, Vigo, and Wayne.

Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. Health fairs and mass media campaigns are not evidence-based interventions and will not be accepted. Education projects must also demonstrate connection to appropriate payers for screening/diagnostic services so that participants in the education programs can receive appropriate referrals to care.

Reducing Financial Barriers to Care:

Education projects may use Komen Central Indiana funds to provide no-cost or low-cost screening/diagnostic services, mobile mammography, diagnostic co-pay and deductible assistance, transportation to/from a screening or diagnostic appointment, and interpreter services at a screening/diagnostic appointment for individuals who meet the following criteria:

- Are uninsured
- Are underinsured, defined as for purposes of this grant application as experiencing costs associated with screening or diagnostic tests greater than 5% of their annual household income
- Have a referral from a physician for a screening or diagnostic test that their insurance carrier will not cover, or
- Do not currently qualify for Medicaid, HIP 2.0, BCCP, or other public assistance funds for their screening or diagnostic service.

Applicants to this program must demonstrate knowledge of and working partnerships with payers for screening and diagnostic services, as well as a plan to use Komen dollars in the most efficient way possible by connecting an individual to the most appropriate payer for service.

Examples of successful projects include those that:
- Increase breast cancer action due to increased knowledge
- Increase the number of “never screened” women getting breast cancer screening
- Reduce the number of women “lost to follow‐up"
- Reduce time from abnormal screening to diagnostic procedures

Patient Navigation

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for un- and under-insured breast cancer patients that reside in the Komen Central Indiana service area, especially the priority counties of Boone, Marion, Rush, Shelby, Vermillion, Vigo, and Wayne Counties. Patient navigation must follow the individual from a breast cancer diagnosis through treatment.

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).

Examples of successful projects include those that:
- Reduce the number of women “lost to follow‐up;”
- Reduce time from a breast cancer diagnosis to the start of treatment; or
- Increase treatment compliance

Funds may be requested for the following types of expenses, provided they are directly attributable to the project:

- Key Personnel / Salaries
- Consultants/ Sub-contracts
- Supplies
- Travel
- Patient care
- Other direct project expenses
- Equipment, including software, not to exceed $5,000 total, essential to the breast health‐related project to be conducted
- Indirect costs, not to exceed 10 percent of direct costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142803

Number of Grants:

Applicants may request funding for one year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding from $10,000 and up (combined direct and indirect costs).

Term of Contract:

The award period is April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Applications will only be accepted from governmental organizations under Section 170(c)(1) or nonprofit organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. Applicants must prove tax‐exempt status by providing a letter of determination from the IRS.

Applicant organizations must provide services to residents of one or more of the following locations:
- Illinois: Clark and Edgar Counties
- Indiana: Bartholomew, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Clay, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, and Wayne Counties.

Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the priorities identified within this RFA. If a project includes other health issues along with breast cancer, such as a breast and cervical cancer project, funding may only be requested for the breast cancer portion.

All past and current Komen-funded grants to an applicant must be in compliance with Komen requirements.

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 will not recur.

Funds may not be used for the following purposes:

- Research, defined as any project or program with the primary goal of gathering and analyzing data or information.
- Specific examples include, but are not limited to, projects or programs designed to: Understand the biology and/or causes of breast cancer; Improve existing or develop new screening or diagnostic methods; Identify approaches to breast cancer prevention or risk reduction; Improve existing or develop new treatments for breast cancer or to overcome treatment resistance, or to understand post‐treatment effects; Investigate or validate methods or tools
- Education regarding breast self-exams/use of breast models
- Development of educational materials or resources that either duplicate existing Komen materials or for which there is not a demonstrated need
- Education via mass media (e.g. television, radio, newspapers, billboards), health fairs and material distribution.
- Evidence-based methods such as one on one and group sessions should be used to educate the community and providers.
- Construction or renovation of facilities
- Political campaigns or lobbying
- General operating funds (in excess of allowable indirect costs)
- Debt reduction
- Fundraising (e.g., endowments, annual campaigns, capital campaigns, employee matching gifts, events)
- Event sponsorships
- Projects completed before the date of grant approval
- Land acquisition
- Project-related investments/loans
- Scholarships
- Thermography
- Equipment over $5,000 total
- Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at one of these workshops is strongly recommended.

Columbus—October 18, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Conference Room (2626 East 17th Street, Columbus IN 47201)

Indianapolis—November 3, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Komen Central Indiana Indianapolis office (3500 DePauw Blvd., Suite 2070, Indianapolis IN 46268)

Lafayette—November 7, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: YWCA of Greater Lafayette (605 North 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901)

Terre Haute—November 15, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Komen Central Indiana Terre Haute office (35A The Meadows Shopping Center, lower level, Terre Haute, IN 47803)

Additionally, a GeMS Technical Webinar will be held November 30, 2017 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM.

Pre-Application Information:


- Application opens in GeMS – On or before Wednesday, November 1, 2017
- Application deadline – Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST
- Award notification – On or before March 31, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online (application opens on or before November 1, 2017):

Questions should be directed to:
Stephanie Laskey, MPH, Mission Director

Susan G. Komen Central Indiana
3500 DePauw Blvd Suite 2070
Indianapolis, IN, 46268

Grant Coverage Areas:

Illinois: Clark and Edgar Counties

Indiana: Counties of Bartholomew, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Clay, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, and Wayne.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana