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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Susan G. Komen Charlotte

Deadline Date:

12/14/17 2:00 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:

- Clinical services or patient care costs
- Key personnel / salaries
- Supplies
- Reasonable travel costs related to the execution of the project
- Equipment, including software, not to exceed $5,000 total, essential to the breast health‐ related project to be conducted
- Other direct project expenses

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).

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 $125,000 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.
- Applicants with proposed Komen-funded programs that include both direct services and patient navigation serving residents in Cabarrus or Mecklenburg Counties, may request funding up to $150,000 for one year.

Term of Contract:

Community health grants are available for one year and on a fiscal cycle from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

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 locations listed in the Geographic Focus 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.
- 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. Salaries will be paid for the type of work being provided, not for the qualifications of person providing the service. (Example – A physician is the project director of an education program. The salary that may be requested should be that of a health educator and not a physician). 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 (see education funding priority on page 6) 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 2017 CMS/Medicare rates.

Note: 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, 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
- Land acquisition
- 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-Application Information:

Click here for the grant making process:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the FY18 Grant Writing Workshop Presentation, FY18 GeMS Application Training, GeMS Applicant User Manual_Aug 2017 and other important documents.

How to Apply for Community Health Grants:

Applications are now open on GeMS – due Thursday, December 14, 2017 by 2:00 pm

Step 1: Read over the 2018-19 Request for Application (RFA) and 2015 Community Profile Executive Summary, which you can download below.
Step 2: Register to begin using the Grants eManagement System (GeMS). To access GeMS, click on the link in the contact information section below.
Step 3: After you have registered and are approved, begin the application using GeMS.

Key Dates:

Grant Writing Workshop: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9am – 12pm
Grant Writing Workshop: Friday, October 20, 2017, 9am – 12pm
Application Deadline: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2:00pm
Award Notification: Late March 2017
Award 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.

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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