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Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Nonprofits
and Agencies for Breast Cancer Programs and Services

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Susan G. Komen Charlotte

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Deadline Date:

12/12/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina nonprofits and government agencies in eligible counties for breast health and breast-cancer programs and projects that benefit low-income individuals with little or no health insurance. Funding will be provided for breast cancer education, treatment support services, patient navigation services, and for evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care.

For the purposes of these grants, eligible Counties include Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties in North Carolina, and York County in South Carolina.

Funds may be requested for the following types of expenses, provided they are directly attributable to the project:
-Key Personnel / Salaries
- 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.

The funding priority areas are listed below in no particular order.

- Reducing Barriers to Care:

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in the Affiliate’s 13-county service area, with priority given to programs covering Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties. “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 identify and reach uninsured or underinsured populations who are currently without a primary care provider (PCP), to help them establish a PCP and enter and progress through the breast cancer/breast health continuum of care. Priority will be given to programs serving individuals that reside in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties.

The Affiliate also seeks to fund projects that identify and reach populations with low screening rates and provide access to free/low-cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography and transportation services. Priority will be given to programs that provide the services to rarely or never screened individuals identified as uninsured, underinsured, homeless, and programs that reach Black/African American and/or Hispanic/Latino in Cabarrus and/or Mecklenburg Counties.

- 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).

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.

The Affiliate seeks to fund education programs utilizing evidence-based best practices to reach underserved individuals who do not have an adequate understanding of breast cancer nor are aware of breast health services available to them. These programs should address fears and myths, emphasize the importance of preventive care, educate on screening messages consistent with Komen’s education message and make individuals aware of available resources. Priority will be given to programs that reach Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino populations in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties.

- Lymphedema Treatment Support:

Projects that provide evidence-based lymphedema therapy, garments and bandages for breast cancer survivors that reside in the Affiliate’s 13-county service area. Lymphedema programs must include clinical evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the therapy, garments or bandages. The need for lymphedema treatment support programs is based on education and data from community partner organizations in the Affiliate service area.

The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that identify and provide lymphedema treatment support services to breast cancer survivors who have a financial barrier to obtaining these services throughout the Affiliate’s 13-county service area.

- Patient Navigation:

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for individuals that reside in Cabarrus or Mecklenburg Counties. 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 result in:
- An increase in breast cancer action due to knowledge gained;
- An increase the number of “never screened” women getting breast cancer screening;
- A reduction in the number of women “lost to follow‐up;”
- A reduction in time from abnormal screening to diagnostic procedures;
- A reduction in time from diagnostic resolution to treatment;
- An increase in treatment compliance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176236

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Caps:
- Applicants with proposed Komen-funded programs serving residents primarily (more than 50%) in Cabarrus or Mecklenburg Counties, may request funding up to $150,000 for one year.
- Applicants with proposed Komen-funded programs serving residents primarily in Anson, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, Union or York Counties, may request funding up to $75,000 for one year.

Term of Contract:

Breast Cancer Projects Performance Period: April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply. Eligibility requirements must be met at the time of application submission.

- 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 counties:
- North Carolina: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union
- South Carolina: York
- 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.
- If there is reason to believe that an applicant organization is experiencing financial instability, this may impact the review panel’s decision to present the application to the Board for Directors for funding consideration.
- Screening grantees must use Komen funding as a “last resort” by screening women for the BCCCP, other government programs and private insurance before ever using Komen funding. Additionally, if your organization is requesting funding for screening services, you must have a written agreement in place with a mammography provider in advance of submitting your application.
- Salaries, if requested, are for personnel related to this project only. In the budget justification, please indicate if this grant is the only source of salary (i.e., the position is NOT funded by the institution). If the position is funded by the institution, clearly state why additional funding is needed. Also, include a long-term plan to sustain salary for personnel not funded by the institution.
- Personnel expenses for the proposed Komen-funded program must not exceed 25% of the total grant budget. This restriction does not apply to programs with an evidence-based education focus or programs that include costs for a patient navigator. Please consult the Affiliate if you need clarification.
- The budget must be clear and adequately support the objectives of the project. Be as specific as possible. Broad, general categories will be denied. Komen Charlotte strongly encourages programs for screenings or treatment to be applied for at or below 2018 CMS/Medicare rates.
- Current Komen-funded grantees in good standing are eligible to apply, but are not guaranteed continued funding. Grantees should consider their progress towards meeting current objectives prior to making the
decision on whether to apply for continued funding.

Note: Individuals are not eligible to apply. Recipients of services must reside in the Affiliate Service Area.

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, and 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
- 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
- Consultant fees
- Conference travel and related costs
- Indirect costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Writing Workshop Thursday, October 25, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grant Writing Workshop Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
Application Deadline Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 5:00 PM EST
Award Notification March 2019
Award Period April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020

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For more information regarding the grant process or application, please contact:

Sarah Bailey, Director of Community Health

Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
2316 Randolph Rd.
Charlotte, NC, 28207

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties;   South Carolina: York County