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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
in Eligible Areas for Women's Health and Education

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Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge

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Deadline Date:

11/30/18 12:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies in the Blue Ridge area for programs in the areas of breast health, breast cancer screening, education, treatment, and support projects. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application.

2019-20 Community Grant Funding Priorities

1. Low or No-Cost Screening and Diagnostic Services

Evidence-based projects that provide low- or no-cost screening and/or diagnostic services through programs such as mobile mammography and/or co-pay and deductible assistance for individuals residing in the 42 city/county service area.

Individuals served must be:

-Uninsured with an income below 250 percent of the federal poverty line; or
-“Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer” (Patient Advocate Foundation,

(In order to qualify as underinsured under this program, the individual must have
-Out-of-pocket health care costs exceeding 10 percent of income; or
-Out-of-pocket health care costs exceeding 5 percent of income if their household income is less than 250 percent of the federal poverty line)

-Forty years or older OR if under 40, must be symptomatic or have a referral from a physician indicating a need for screening services (i.e. strong family history, high risk, etc.)

2. Patient Navigation

-Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation particularly for rural and black women that reside in the 42 city and county service area. 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).

3. Reducing Other Barriers to Care

Breast Cancer Education
- Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings. 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). Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target rural, black, and/or low-income individuals that reside in the 42 city and county service area.

-Breast cancer education projects should include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages, if appropriate, based on the need, audience and purpose of the educational project. Projects must provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services and include follow up with participants. Health fairs and mass media campaigns are not evidence-based interventions and will not be accepted or funded.

Transportation Assistance
-Projects that provide transportation assistance through shuttle, taxi, or other direct service.
-Projects utilizing gas cards for transportation assistance must establish requirements for eligibility, such as mileage, lack of public transportation options, income, etc. Applications must show how program will determine need, how program ensures funds are utilized for transportation assistance for appointments, and explain the method of distributing gas cards (i.e. mailed before appointment, given at appointment, etc.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142955

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants are subject to budget caps depending on their service area coverage:

-Applicants that provide services to 3 or more target communities OR cover more than 15 counties and cities with the program may request funding up to $50,000.
-Applicants that provide services to 1 or 2 target communities with the program may request funding up to $40,000.
-Applicants that do not provide services to any target communities with the program may request funding up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application submission:

-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

Cities of: Buena Vista, Bristol, Covington, Danville, Galax, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Norton, Radford, Roanoke, Salem

Counties of: Alleghany, Amherst, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe

-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 projects 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.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the link below prior to submitting their application. After submitting an LOI, the Affiliate will provide written feedback within 10 business days. It is recommended that applicants apply the feedback to their program before submitting their final application.

LOIs are due no later than November 2 at 12 pm. Applicants are encouraged to submit their LOI as early as possible in order to have more time to complete their application.

Application Deadline – Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12 pm

Applicants are welcome to schedule appointments with Mission Coordinator Elizabeth Hand to discuss the application process.

All proposals must be submitted online through the Grants e-Management System (GeMS). No direct mail/fax copies or late submissions will be accepted.

Viewing the Grantwriting Workshop and GeMS 101 webinar is strongly encouraged for all applicants. These resources are accessible at

Grant Writing Webinar - Click here to watch:

Grant Writing Workshop August 22, 2018 at 10 am via webinar (will be recorded)
Letter of Intent Deadline: November 2, 2018 at 12 pm
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018 at 12 pm
Award Notification: March 31, 2018
Award Period: April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020
Circle of Hope: April 2019, Date TBD
Race for the Cure: May 4, 2019, Rivers Edge Sports Complex, Roanoke, VA

Contact Information:

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

LOI form is accessible here:

Apply online:

Elizabeth Hand
(540) 400-8222 ext. 3

Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge
4910 Valley View Blvd., Suite 212
Roanoke, VA, 24012

Grant Coverage Areas:

See Additional Eligibility above for detailed Local Grant Coverage information.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia