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Grants to Baton Rouge Area, Louisiana Nonprofits for
Breast Cancer Screening, Treatment, and Patient Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge

Deadline Date:

11/29/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Baton Rouge area, Louisiana nonprofit organizations for breast cancer healthcare projects for underserved residents. Funding is intended to support screening and diagnostic services, patient navigation, and treatment for residents of the following communities: Ascension, West Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa Parishes.

Komen Baton Rouge is offering community grants to support breast cancer projects that address the following funding priorities, listed below in order of importance:

- Reducing Barriers to Care

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and St. Helena. 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. Komen Baton Rouge seeks to fund projects that provide no cost or low-cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography, transportation, interpreter services.

- Patient Navigation

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for African Americans that reside in East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and St. Helena. 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
- 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 15 percent of direct costs

Selection Criteria:

- Impact 10%: How successful will the project be at increasing the percentage of people who enter, stay in or progress through the continuum of care, thereby reducing breast cancer mortality? To what extent has the applicant demonstrated that the project will have a substantial impact on the selected funding priority?
- Statement of Need 10%: How well has the applicant described the identified need and the population to be served, including race, ethnicity, economic status and breast cancer mortality statistics? How closely does the project align with the funding priorities and target communities stated in the RFA?
- Project Design 30%: How likely is it that proposed activities will be achieved within the scope of the project? How well has the applicant described the project activities to be completed with Komen funding? To what extent is the proposed project designed to meet the needs of specific communities including the cultural and societal beliefs, values and priorities of each community? How well does the applicant incorporate an evidence-based intervention and/or a promising practice? To the extent collaboration is proposed, how well does the applicant explain the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of project partners? How well does the budget and budget justification explain the need associated with the project?
- Organization Capacity 15%: To what extent does the applicant’s staff have the expertise to effectively implement all aspects of the project and provide fiscal oversight, including the appropriate licenses, certifications, accreditations, etc. to deliver the proposed services? How well has the applicant demonstrated evidence of success in delivering services to the target population described? To what extent has the applicant demonstrated they have the equipment, resources, tools, space, etc., to implement all aspects of the project?
- Monitoring and Evaluation 30%: To what extent will the documented evaluation plan be able to measure progress toward the stated project goal and objectives, and the resulting outputs and outcomes? To what extent does the evaluation plan aim to collect the relevant required metrics in Appendix A of the RFA? To what extent are the applicant’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) resources/ expertise likely to adequately evaluate project success?
- Continuum of Care 5%: To what extent did the applicant describe how the screening program will include ensuring those screened will be seamlessly integrated into the continuum of care?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165152

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding up to $50,000 (combined direct and indirect costs).

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 parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana
- 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.

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. According to studies, teaching breast self-exam (BSE) has not been shown to be effective at reducing mortality from breast cancer.
- Development of educational materials or resources that either duplicate existing Komen materials or for which there is not a demonstrated need. If a grantee intends to use supplemental materials, they should be consistent with Komen messages.
- 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/ land acquisition
- 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
- Project-related investments/loans
- Scholarships
- Thermography
- Equipment over $5,000 total
- Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer
- Conference attendance or presentations

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be fully completed and submitted by 5:00 pm on or by Thursday, November 29, 2018. Applications must be submitted via the GeMS system. For an application instruction manual, please visit, or contact Jennifer Cortes, Mission and Strategic Outreach Coordinator.

Key Dates:

- Application Deadline: November 29, 2018 at 5pm
- Award Notification: March 2019
- Award Period: April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020

Komen Baton Rouge will post a grant writing video on our website for you to reference when completing your application, in lieu of a mandatory grant writing workshop. Please contact Jennifer Cortes if you have any questions or need additional information.

Applicants may request funding for one year.

Susan G. Komen only funds projects that use educational messages and materials that are consistent with Komen messages. Please visit the following webpage before completing your application and be sure that your organization can agree to promote these messages:

If an applicant wants to develop educational resources, they must discuss with Komen Baton Rouge prior to application submission and provide evidence of need for the resource.

Funding Priorities:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions and assistance, contact:

Jennifer Cortes

Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge
6120 Perkins Road, Suite 300
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Baton Rouge Area ( Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana) and Tangipahoa Parish