How to Apply for Community Grants

Komen Western New York will award community grants to organizations that provide breast health and breast cancer projects that address our funding priorities (listed below). Komen’s Community Grants program are for local non-profit organizations that address our funding priorities as described in the 2017-18 Request for Applications (RFA).

The funding priorities were selected based on data from the 2015 Komen Western New York Community Profile Report.

To apply for Komen grants, you are required to use GeMS, a complete online grant management system. The GeMS Application User Manual provides detailed steps and instruction on how to apply for a Komen grant using the grants electronic management system (GeMS).

KEY DATES

Letter of Intent:   Requested November 1st, 2016
Application Deadline:    December 8, 2016 5:00pm
Award Notification:    March 2017
Award Period:   April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to vroggen@komenneny.org by November 1st, 2016. Organizations must initiate their application in GEMS by December 1st, 2016.

The funding priority areas are listed below:

  1. Access to Breast Cancer Screenings: Programs that decrease disparities in care by increasing availability and access to breast cancer screenings.

The Affiliate seeks to fund programs that provide no cost or low cost breast cancer screening and/or mobile mammography.

Priority will be given to programs demonstrating benefit to one or more of the following communities:

 African-Americans in Erie County
 Hispanics/Latinos in Erie County
 Allegany County
 Cattaraugus County
 Wyoming County

  1. Transportation Assistance: Programs that decrease barriers to screening, diagnostic and treatment services by removing transportation barriers (e.g., travel vouchers, gas cards, taxi fee coverage).

Priority will be given to programs demonstrating benefit to one or more of the following communities:

 African-Americans in Erie County
 Hispanics/Latinos in Erie County
 Allegany County
 Cattaraugus County
 Wyoming County

  1. Breast Cancer Patient Navigation: 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).

Patient navigation services are a valuable resource for patients transitioning through the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care. Though some health-care institutions offer patient navigation at the screening level, the availability of services are limited.

The safety-net practices and health centers see an abundance of patients with multiple complex conditions and often find prioritizing health needs difficult. Limited access to technology can make navigating the complex health system difficult for many.

Priority will be given to programs demonstrating benefit to one or more of the following communities:

 African-Americans in Erie County
 Hispanics/Latinos in Erie County
 Allegany County
 Cattaraugus County
 Wyoming County

  1. Breast Cancer Supportive Services: Programs that provide evidence-based breast cancer support groups and/or survivorship support (e.g. financial assistance with treatment co-pays/deductibles, daily living expenses) for individuals currently undergoing breast cancer treatment or living with metastatic breast cancer.

Priority will be given to programs demonstrating benefit to one or more of the following communities:

  • African-Americans in Erie County
  • Hispanics/Latinos in Erie County
  • Allegany County
  • Cattaraugus County
  • Wyoming County