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Grants to New England Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Areas
for Breast Cancer Outreach and Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Susan G. Komen New England

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Deadline Date:

12/03/19 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $15,000 to 45,000 to New England nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible areas for breast cancer outreach and support services. Funding priorities include breast cancer education, patient navigation, and reducing barriers to care. All applicants are required to develop project objective(s) to reduce breast cancer mortality by addressing disparities, increasing access to quality and timely care, and/or improving outcomes through patient navigation.

Applicants must provide services to residents in Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven or New London counties in Connecticut; Greater Boston, Worcester, or Springfield, in Massachusetts; or in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

 Priority Areas:

  • Patient Navigation: Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals that reside in eligible areas listed 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 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: Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in eligible areas. 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 er insurer. Komen seeks to fund projects that provide no cost or low-cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography, diagnostic/treatment copay and deductible assistance, transportation, interpreter services, childcare/eldercare, financial assistance for daily living expenses or medical treatment assistance for those receiving breast cancer treatment.
  • Breast Cancer Education: Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and 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 uninsured and underinsured individuals that reside eligible areas. Breast cancer education projects should include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages, if appropriate, based on the need, audience and purpose of the educational project. Projects must provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services and include follow up with participants.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176700

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants in Connecticut and Massachusetts may request funding up to $45,000.
- Applicants in Vermont and New Hampshire may request funding up to $20,000.
- Applicants in Rhode Island and Maine may request funding up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs may take place between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- 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 projects 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.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

A grantwriting workshop will take place on October 24, 2019, 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

The Grantwriting workshop will provide an overview to this year’s RFA, as well as tips for grantwriting success. There will also be a tutorial on the new grant portal.

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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 11:59 PM.

All organizations, regardless of previous Komen funding, must register as a new user with SmartSimple.

Notifications will be issued in March 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Ryan Tollefson

Susan G. Komen New England
2000 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 205
Newton, MA 02466

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven, and New London Counties;   Maine;   Massachusetts: Greater Boston, Worcester and Springfield;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont