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Grants to Illinois and Missouri Nonprofits and Agencies
for Breast Cancer Treatment and Support Services

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Foundation / Corporation

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Susan G. Komen Missouri

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Deadline Date:

12/04/17 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $3,000 to Illinois and Missouri nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide breast cancer treatment and support services, with an emphasis on minority, uninsured, and underinsured populations. Priority areas include patient navigation and reducing barriers to breast health care.

Applicant organizations must provide services to residents of one or more of the following locations:

-Missouri: City of St. Louis; Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Howard, Jefferson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Perry, Randolph, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Warren, and Washington Counties

-Illinois: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties

Komen Missouri will award community grants to organizations that will provide breast cancer projects that address specific funding priorities, which were selected based on data from the 2015 Komen Missouri Community Profile Report.

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 to reduce the late-stage diagnosis rate among Black/African-American women that reside in St. Louis City/County, MO and St. Clair County, IL. 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 individuals residing in Audrain County, Camden County, Chariton County, Morgan County, Perry County St. Louis City/St. Louis County, St. Charles County in Missouri and St. Clair County, IL. “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”.

The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that provide no cost or low cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography, diagnostic/treatment co- pay and deductible assistance, transportation and interpreter services.

The State of Missouri did not expand the Medicaid program that would have brought coverage for breast health services to many of the low-income women in the state. Many of these women are now left to rely upon the state’s safety net Breast & Cervical Cancer Services (Show Me Healthy Women) program, which due to funding constraints is only able to serve 16 percent of eligible women. For this reason, Komen Missouri will accept applications from programs that will provide free or low-cost breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for women that would otherwise be eligible for Show Me Healthy Women.

These women must be:
-Low-income (at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline)
-Uninsured or underinsured
-Age 40-64 years
-Residing in the Affiliate service area.

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
-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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176489

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding from $3,000 up to $150,000 (direct costs).

Term of Contract:

The project must occur between April 1, 2018 and 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:
-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.
-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.

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
-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
-Equipment over $5,000 total
-Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer
-Indirect Costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants workshops are scheduled as follows:
-October 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the St. Louis Office
-October 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Columbia Office

Pre-Application Information:

Grants Timeline
-October 11, 2017: Request for Applications (RFA)
-October 2, 2017: Grant Workshop
-October 4, 2017: Grant Workshop
-December 4, 2017 by 5:00 PM: Applications Due
-January/February 2018: Grant Application Review
-March 2018: Notice of Grant Awards/Denials

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS):

Kathy McMillan

Greater St. Louis Office:
9288 Dielman Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63132

Mid-Missouri Office:
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 125
Columbia, MO 65203


Grant Coverage Areas:

Susan G. Komen Missouri Service Area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Missouri