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Grants to Chicago Area, Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Provide Breast Health Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Susan G. Komen Chicago

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Deadline Date:

12/14/18 5:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Chicago area, Illinois nonprofit organizations, hospitals, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions to provide breast health services to medically underserved populations in eligible counties. Funding is intended for breast cancer or breast health service navigation, screening, treatment, or support projects in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, and McHenry Counties.

Projects that specifically address the objectives outlined in the “Funding Priorities” in the application will be given priority.

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

Priority 1: Increase Access by Reducing Barriers to Care

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Cook and McHenry 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,

Komen Chicago seeks to fund projects that build the capacity for the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care by increasing access to low or no cost breast cancer screening/diagnostics/treatment services, diagnostic/treatment co-pay or deductible assistance, and survivorship support through reducing financial barriers for uninsured and under-insured populations o Priority populations include: African American/Black; Hispanic/Latina and low-income individuals.

Priority 2: Increase Access to Culturally Relevant Patient Navigation

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for uninsured and underinsured populations that reside in Cook and McHenry 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).

Komen Chicago seeks to support the increased utilization of culturally relevant patient navigation through the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for uninsured and under-insured populations through the usage and/or in partnerships with community-based navigation programs. o Note: Programs that only address awareness/education only programs will not be considered. Direct services must be provided and tracked.

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.

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.

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 10 percent of direct costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176472

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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

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.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Applicant organizations must provide services to residents of one or more of the following locations:
- Cook County
- DuPage County
- Kane County
- Lake County
- McHenry County

All past and current Komen-funded grants to an applicant must be in compliance with Komen requirements.

If an 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 the applicant is not eligible to apply for a grant until 12 months after the conviction. After such 12-month period, the 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
- 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
- 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

A representative of the applying organization must attend/view the Komen Chicago Affiliate Grant Application Workshop. See Supporting Documents below for a slideshow of the grant workshops that took place in October, as well as additional informational documents.

The Foundation will accept applications from non attendees, however, limited technical assistance will be provided.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Application Initiation Deadline: Friday, December 7th, 2018 by 5:00 PM CST
(This is the last day that an application can be created in GeMS in order to apply for this grant.)
- Application Deadline: Friday, December 14th, 2018 by 5:00 PM CST
- Award Notification: March 2019
- Award Period: April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020
- Grantee Orientation: April/May 2019

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How to apply:

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:

Mission Department
(773) 444-0061

Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Area
8765 W. Higgins Road, Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60631

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry Counties