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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies for
Breast Cancer Screening Programs and Diagnostic Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Susan G. Komen Maryland

Deadline Date:

11/15/17 4:00pm EST


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for breast cancer related programs. including Patient Navigation and Reducing Barriers to Care. Funding priority will be given to grant applications that are specifically designed to increase access to breast cancer screening and diagnostic services and to reduce barriers to care through navigation for uninsured and underinsured:

- African American and/or Latina women that reside in Baltimore City and Baltimore County in Central Maryland;
- African American and/or Latina women that reside in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties on the Eastern Shore; women that reside in Calvert and Charles Counties in Southern Maryland; and/or
- Women that reside in Allegany and Washington Counties in Western Maryland.

The funding priority areas are listed below in no particular order based on the needs identified in the Community Profile:

Patient Navigation:

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for African American and/or Latina women that reside in Baltimore City and Baltimore County in Central Maryland; African American and/or Latina women that reside in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties on the Eastern Shore; women that reside in Calvert and Charles Counties in Southern Maryland; and/or women that reside in Allegany and Washington Counties in Western Maryland. 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).

Reducing Barriers to Care:

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured African American and/or Latina women that reside in Baltimore City and Baltimore County in Central Maryland; African American and/or Latina women that reside in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties on the Eastern Shore; women that reside in Calvert and Charles Counties in Southern Maryland; and/or women that reside in Allegany and Washington Counties in Western Maryland. “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,

The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that, through navigation services, provide no cost or low cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, diagnostic/treatment co-pay and deductible assistance, transportation, interpreter services, and/or meals for the during active treatment.

Komen Maryland is accepting applications for community grant programs that provide access through navigation resulting in:

- Increased breast cancer action due to increased knowledge;
- Increased number of “never screened” women getting breast cancer screening;
- Reduced number of women “lost to follow‐up;”
- Reduced time from abnormal screening to diagnostic procedures;
- Reduced time from diagnostic resolution to treatment;
- Increased treatment compliance.

Allowable Expenses:

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

- Up to 75% of total budget may be requested for salary to support direct services provided specifically for the purpose of the proposed project. Grant funds may not be used for administrative support staff and supervisory/managerial roles already on staff at the organization whose sole responsibility is basic program oversight.
- Consultant fees
- Up to 50% of grant funds may be requested for clinical services or patient care costs such as: clinical breast exams (CBEs), screening mammograms, and diagnostic services to the medically underserved. NOTE: Funds for clinical breast exams and mammograms should be allocated only if alternative sources are not available. Applicants must identify how they connect underserved populations with the local Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP) in the counties served by the proposed program.
- If requested, no more than 50% of total budget of grant may be used to provide financial support to address barriers through navigation. Financial Assistance to reduce barriers to care may only be provided through diagnostic and treatment navigation for co-pay assistance, transportation, and meals during active treatment.
- Meeting costs
- Supplies
- Translation services
- Genetic testing to inform treatment decisions
- Reasonable travel costs related to the execution of the project
- 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

For more information, please refer to the descriptions in the Budget Section of the RFP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146494

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding from $10,000 up to $50,000 (combined direct and indirect costs) for one year.

Term of Contract:

Award Period: April 1, 2018 – 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 organizations must provide services to residents of one or more of the locations listed in the geographic regions below.

- 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.

- Applicants must outline a process that ensures individuals are navigated to appropriate providers based on insurance eligibility and, if not eligible for Medicaid or local Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCP) due to age or gender, receive information to make informed decision about purchasing private health insurance.

- Applicants must outline a method for ensuring that at least 40% of individuals reached through the proposed program come from rarely/never (R/N) screened persons in their community.

- Applicants must include a plan on how patients will be assisted to become self-sufficient with regard to seeking annual screenings without the repeated assistance of the proposed program and how individuals will be helped to become empowered to take charge of their own breast health care.

-If the applicant organization is receiving in-kind support, applicant must include a letter from a senior official of the institution providing the support, confirming the type of support and value in dollars. This letter should be dated within the past 12 months and should be uploaded under the project profile.


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. 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, or to 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

Please Note: Services in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are not eligible for funding through Komen Maryland. Projects in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are funded through Susan G. Komen National Capital Region.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the RFA.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted using the Grants eManagement System (GeMs).

Applicants should register under the Maryland Affiliate. Applications from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties are not eligible for funding through this RFA. Please contact Komen National HQ for additional information. Before registering and using GeMS, please download the Applicant User Guide (attached below).

Applications must be received on or before the posted deadline. No late submissions will be accepted.

2017-2018 Grant Cycle Timeline:

Grant Writing Workshop Will be available online at October 1, 2017
Deadline to Initiate Application: November 1, 2017 4:00pm EST
Application Deadline November 15, 2017 4:00pm EST
Award Notification March 15, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Susan G. Komen Maryland
200 East Joppa Road, Suite 407
Towson, MD 21286

Please contact Komen Headquarters for funding opportunities at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Central Maryland (Baltimore City and Baltimore County); Eastern Shore of Maryland (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties); Southern Maryland (Calvert and Charles Counties); or Western Maryland (Allegany and Washington Counties)

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