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Small Grants Program

Grants to Northeast Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies
for Breast Cancer Education and Support Projects

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Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Northeast Ohio nonprofits and government agencies for breast cancer education projects, trainings, and support programs in eligible counties. Eligible counties include Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Harrison, Jefferson, and Mahoning Counties.

Susan G. Komen is a source of information about breast health and breast cancer for people all over the world. To reduce confusion and reinforce learning, Susan G. Komen only funds projects that use educational messages and materials that are consistent with Komen messages, including the breast self-awareness messages - know your risk, get screened, know what is normal for you and make healthy lifestyle choices. The consistent and repeated use of the same messages can reduce confusion, improve retention and lead to the adoption of actions Komen believes are important for quality breast care.

Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the Small Grants Categories listed below:

Educational/Outreach Grants:
Purpose: To explore new approaches to reduce breast cancer education barriers identified in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Harrison, Jefferson, and Mahoning Counties. Education and outreach projects must lead to a documented breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram; importance of follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Conference Grants
Purpose: To support (e.g., logistics; registration fees; presenter fees, etc.) local scientific or educational conferences with presentations/sessions that have an emphasis on the interaction between advocate, public health, health care and scientific communities to address breast cancer disparities to achieve health equity. The presentations/sessions supported by Komen must be focused on breast cancer. (Note: Presenters at a conference cannot be funded through a Komen conference grant and a travel grant.)

Patient Support Programs
Purpose: Establish or expand free/low-cost survivor support groups and services that use evidence-based strategies to address the psycho-social, emotional, and physical issues faced by breast cancer patients and their family members. Programs should focus on keeping women in treatment to decrease breast health disparity outcomes.

Funds may be used for the following types of expenses, provided they are directly attributable to the project:
- Key Personnel and Salaries
- Consultants
- Supplies
- Reasonable travel costs related to the execution of the project
- Meeting costs
- Other direct project expenses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183951

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects performance period: April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019.

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.

Applicant organizations must serve residents in one or more of the following locations: Ashtabula County, Cuyahoga County, Harrison County, Jefferson County, Lorain County, Mahoning County.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

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 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; or to investigate or validate methods
- Clinical services or patient care costs (e.g. screening, diagnostics, or treatment)
- Indirect Costs
- Education regarding breast self-exams/use of breast models
- Development of educational materials or resources
- Education via mass media (e.g. television, radio, newspapers, billboards), health fairs and material distribution. These methods may be used to promote projects, but evidence-based methods such as 1-1 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
- Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer
- Equipment, exceeding $5,000

Pre-Application Information:

Small Grants applications are accepted throughout the year; however, requests for support of conferences or other educational events must be received at least six weeks prior to the event(s).

Schedule for submitting applications, for prompt approval and payment:

Application due date: April 23, 2018
Board approval date: May 7, 2018
Award notification date: May 11, 2018

Application due date: June 18, 2018
Board approval date: July 2, 2018
Award notification date: July 6, 2018

Application due date: August 27, 2018
Board approval date: September 10, 2018
Award notification date: September 14, 2018

Application due date: October 22, 2018
Board approval date: November 5, 2018
Award notification date: November 9, 2018

Application due date: January 7, 2019
Board approval date: January 21, 2019
Award notification date: January 25, 2019

Application due date: February 18, 2019
Board approval date: March 4, 2019
Award notification date: March 8, 2019

The effective date of the grant agreement is the date on which Komen fully executes the grant agreement and shall serve as the start date of the grant. No expenses may be accrued against the grant until the contractual agreement is fully executed. The contracting process can take up to six weeks from the date of the award notification letter.

Breast Self-Awareness Messages:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Questions should be directed to:
Gina Chicotel, Director of Mission
(216) 292-2873 x112

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio
5350 Transportation Boulevard, Suite 22
Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125

P: 216-292-CURE (2873)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Ashtabula County, Cuyahoga County, Harrison County, Jefferson County, Lorain County, and Mahoning County