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2018-19 Small Grants

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies for
Breast Care Screening, Education, and Treatment

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Susan G. Komen South Carolina

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Grants of up to $10,000 to South Carolina nonprofit and governmental organizations for breast health care, education, and treatment. Interested applicants must contact the Foundation prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support services for breast cancer screening, prevention, and follow-up; educational projects and resource related information; and community trust programs, especially for disadvantaged and rural populations.

Komen South Carolina offers Small Grants to support programs that reduce barriers to care, provide breast health education, and build community trust leading to increased access to care. Accordingly the Small Grants program offers funding in the following three categories:

- Patient Assistance Grants

Purpose: To reduce barriers to breast cancer screening, follow-up and treatment for low income (250% of Federal Poverty level or below) rural, African American and Hispanic/Latina populations throughout the affiliate’s service area. Fundable services include: transportation, childcare, assistance with insurance co-pay and/or deductibles, and translation services. Lodging and utility assistance (gas, electric, water, phone) for patients in active treatment for breast cancer may also be included. Project/event must lead to a documented breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram; getting follow-up, or treatment).

- Community Education Grants

Purpose: To increase knowledge of trusted breast health education, Best Chance Network, local breast health providers and financial aid resources in the following counties: Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Edgefield, Greenwood, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Laurens, Lexington, Marion Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, and Union. All education projects must lead to a documented breast cancer action so the funded projects are evidenced-based.

- Community Trust Grants

Purpose: To Increase community trust in local medical providers in Cherokee, Hampton, Marion and Colleton counties in order to improve access to local quality breast health services. Innovative programs and events that engage both providers and members of the community to strengthen the trust of rural, African American and Hispanic/Latina populations are encouraged. Projects should compel local providers to connect community members with appropriate breast care services and financial aid resources.

The findings from the 2015 Komen South Carolina Community Profile revealed that the greatest barriers to care throughout the affiliate’s service area include costs of accessing care (transportation, lodging, childcare), lack of appropriate breast health education and knowledge of local resources for both the public and providers, and distrust of providers in some communities. This is especially true in the rural communities served by the affiliate, regardless of the county in which they are located. Diagnostic and treatment facilities are limited across the state; rural patients must often travel two hours or more one way for an appointment. Rural patients also reported difficulty in keeping medical appointments because they need overnight lodging for back-to-back treatment appointments. Lack of reliable public transportation creates a transportation barrier in all counties served by the affiliate. Hispanic populations also struggle with the language barrier. Distrust in local providers was evident in Cherokee, Hampton and Marion counties, and to a lesser extent in Colleton County. (The 2015 Community Profile can be found at

Innovative approaches to achieving health equity are encouraged. Innovative approaches to achieving Community Profile Mission Action Plan objectives are also encouraged

Funds may be used for the following types of expenses, provided they are directly attributable to the project:

- Key Personnel & Salaries
- Consultants
- Supplies
- Travel
- Other direct project expenses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184585

Estimated Size of Grant:

Komen South Carolina offers Small Grants up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur between June 1, 2018 and 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.

Eligible counties: Abbeville Aiken Allendale Anderson Barnwell Beaufort Berkeley Bamberg Calhoun Charleston Cherokee Chester Chesterfield Clarendon Colleton Darlington Dillon Dorchester Edgefield Fairfield Florence Georgetown Greenville Greenwood Hampton Horry Jasper Kershaw Lancaster Laurens Lee Lexington McCormick Marlboro Marion Newberry Oconee Orangeburg Pickens Richland Saluda Spartanburg Sumter Union Williamsburg

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Applicant may not be a recipient of a current Komen South Carolina Community Grant.

If applicant, or any of its key employees, directors, officers or agents, is convicted of fraud or a crime involving any 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 this 12-month period, applicant must demonstrate in its application that appropriate remedial measures have been taken to ensure that criminal misconduct will not recur.

Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the Small Grants Categories listed. 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 to provide medical services or to support an existing Komen South Carolina Community Grant awarded to the applicant.

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; 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
- Overnight accomodations for staff/volunteers
- Overnight accomodations are allowable for patients only if necessary to access treament appointments outside of patient’s county of residence

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019.

Small Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and must be received no later than January 15, 2019. Requests for support of conferences or other educational events must be received at least eight weeks prior to the event or program initiation.

All applications must be submitted online through the Komen Grants e-Management System (GeMS).

Award Notification: Upon approval by affiliate grants committee. Please allow up to 6 weeks for approval.

Please note that the Small Grant program funding is limited; the program may be suspended without notice if all available funds have been dispersed.

Questions about Small Grants and GeMS should be directed to Lucy Spears, Director, Mission Programs. All applicants must contact Lucy Spears to discuss program design prior to initiating an application in GeMS.

Overview of Grantmaking Process:

Contact Information:

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

To submit the online application via the Komen Grants e-Management System (GeMS):

Lucy Spears
Director, Mission Programs

Susan G. Komen South Carolina
127 King St., Suite 205
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone 843-556-8011

864-234-5035 (Greenville office)

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