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Grants to Nebraska and South Dakota Nonprofits and
Agencies for Breast Cancer Outreach and Patient Services

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Susan G. Komen Great Plains

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Deadline Date:

12/01/17 12:00 PM CT


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Grants starting at $5,001 to Nebraska and South Dakota nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects related to breast cancer and breast health. Program areas include patient navigation, breast cancer education, and reducing barriers to health care.

Komen Great Plains 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 Nebraska and South Dakota Community Profile Report.

Applications will be accepted for programs providing services within the Affiliate service area which includes all counties in Nebraska, with the exception of Thurston and Dakota counties, and all counties in South Dakota with the exception of Union county.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate benefit in one or more of the following target communities:

-Custer County
-Dawson County (specifically Hispanic/Latina women)
-Douglas County (specifically African American women in North Omaha and Hispanic/ Latina women in South Omaha)
-Lincoln County
-Sanders County

South Dakota:
-Oglala Lakota, Jackson, and Bennett Counties (specifically focused on women living within the Pine Ridge Reservation)
-Lawrence County
-Pennington County
-Beadle County

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

Patient Navigation (associated with treatment support):

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for uninsured or underinsured individuals who reside in the Komen Great Plains service area, especially the target communities noted above. 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 qualified professional or trained 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 (associated with breast cancer screening):

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in the Komen Great Plains service area, especially the target communities noted above. “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 services, mobile mammography, transportation, and interpreter services.

Please note that Komen Great Plains will fund screenings up to these rates: $150 for screening mammogram and $200 for a diagnostic mammogram. These rates must include the radiology reading for each mammogram.

Breast Cancer Education:

Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and small 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). Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target individuals who reside in the Komen Great Plains service area, especially the target communities noted above.

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.

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
-Mileage reimbursement for patients
-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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176701

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding from $5,001 up to $100,000 (combined direct and indirect costs) for one year.

-Patient Navigation: Up to $85,000
-Reducing Barriers to Care: Up to $100,000
-Breast Cancer Education: Up to $25,000

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.

-Applicant organizations must provide services to residents of one or more of the following locations: All counties in Nebraska, with the exception of Thurston and Dakota counties, and all counties in South Dakota with the exception of Union county.

-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 (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
-Land acquisition
-Project-related investments/loans
-Equipment over $5,000 total
-Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer

Refreshments or food of any kind cannot be purchased with grant funds.

Give-away items (e.g. bracelets, water bottles, t-shirts) may not be purchased with grant funds unless a specific, demonstrated educational goal is shown and approved by Komen Great Plains.

Direct payment to individuals served by a grant is not permitted.

Mileage reimbursement for patients may not exceed the current IRS medical mileage rate, available here:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant writing workshops are scheduled for November 2, 2017 and November 7, 2017.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
-Grant Writing Workshop: November 2, 2017 and November 7, 2017
-Application Deadline: December 1, 2017 by 12:00 PM CT
-Award Notification: March 2018
-Award Period: April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Elizabeth Keller-Charbonneau, Grants and Community Outreach Manager
402-502-2979 ext. 1205

Susan G. Komen Great Plains
8707 West Center Road, Suite 101
Omaha, Nebraska 68124

South Dakota:
Susan G. Komen Great Plains
101 N Main Ave. Suite 209
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska: All counties, with the exception of Thurston and Dakota Counties;   South Dakota: All counties, with the exception of Union County