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Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
for Breast Cancer Services and Outreach

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Foundation / Corporation

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Susan G. Komen South Carolina

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Deadline Date:

12/01/17 12:00 PM (noon)


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for breast cancer support services and outreach in designated counties. Mandatory information sessions are scheduled for September 28 and October 3. Applications must be initiated by November 17.

The funding areas listed below are in order of priority and are based on the needs identified in the 2015 Community Profiles:

1. Reducing Barriers to Care

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals with incomes 250% of Federal Poverty Level or below residing in the following counties: Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colleton, Darlington, Edgefield, Hampton, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, Marion, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, and Union.

The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that provide no cost or low cost screening or diagnostic services, extended service hours for the working poor (250% of FPL or below), mobile mammography, diagnostic/treatment co-pay and deductible assistance, transportation, lodging and interpreter services to those who are not eligible for these services through Best Chance Network.

2. Breast Cancer Education

Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings and provide access to appropriate screenings. Standalone education projects will not be considered (Funding may be available through the affiliate’s Small Grants program). Projects must be designed to result in coordinated, documented age-appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should prioritize rural, Black/African American, and/or Hispanic/Latina individuals that reside in: Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colleton, Darlington, Edgefield, Hampton, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, Marion, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, and Union.

Projects that include education of health care providers about breast health screening recommendations, Best Chance Network, and potential financial aid resources for patients in the aforementioned counties are also encouraged.

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.

3. Patient Navigation

Projects that include evidence-based patient navigation with access to care for low income, uninsured or underinsured individuals that reside in: Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colleton, Darlington, Edgefield, Hampton, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, Marion, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, and Union.

Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary.

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:
-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;
-Reduce time from diagnostic resolution to treatment;
-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
-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

Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the priorities identified within the 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.

Proposed projects must include a plan for access to the full continuum of care. Please note that the applicant is not required to provide all services in the continuum of care but must have a clear plan for access. Partners/collaborators must be identified and Letters of Support or MOUs are required.

Grant requests for education programs must include documented access to screening. Programs providing screening or diagnostic services must include a plan for documented access to the full continuum of care including treatment. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer must have access to treatment at low or no cost.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142874

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding from $10,000 up to $45,000 for one year.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 must serve at least one of the “highest priority” counties: Anderson, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colleton, Darlington, Edgefield, Greenwood, Hampton, Laurens, Marion, and Orangeburg.

Funding is also available to serve “high priority” counties: Lexington, Spartanburg and Union. However, applicants must also serve one of the “highest priority” counties listed above.

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

If the 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.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

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.
-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
-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
-Equipment over $5,000 total
-Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer
-Indirect Costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant training attendance is required for all applicants.

The Greenville session is schedule for September 28, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Registration is required and must be submitted by September 26, 2017.

Greenville Location:
Upstate AHEC
104 S Venture Dr.
Greenville, SC 29615

The Walterboro session is schedule for October 3, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Registration is required and must be submitted by October 1, 2017.

Walterboro Location:
Lowcountry AHEC
87 Academy Road
Walterboro, SC 29488

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates for 2018-19 Community Grant Applications:

-Grant Writing Workshops: September 28 and October 3, 2017
-Application Initiation Deadline: November 17, 2017
-Application Deadline: December 1, 2017, 12:00 PM (noon)
-Award Notification: March 15 - 30, 2018
-Project Period: April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Register for the September 28 session:

Register for the October 3 session:

The application must be completed and submitted via the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS):

Questions about Community Grants and GeMS should be directed to:

Lucy Spears, Director of Mission Programs

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colleton, Darlington, Edgefield, Hampton, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, Marion, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, and Union Counties

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