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How to Apply for Funding

Komen Chicago Affiliate accepts Community Grant Applications once per year. Please check back in August 2014 for application deadlines .

Please note: Komen Chicago is not a direct service provider. We do not provide funds directly to individuals for screening or treatment, nor do we determine individual eligibility, make referrals, or influence the screening or treatment decisions of the organizations we fund.

If you have questions regarding our grants program, please contact us by clicking here.

Step 1

Confirm fit with our funding priorities

Priority 1:

To increase access to breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment by reducing financial barriers for uninsured and under-insured populations.

• Priority populations include (in no particular order): Hispanic/Latina; African American/Black; Asian/Asian American; Low-income

Priority 2:

Increase culturally relevant breast health education and awareness in uninsured and under-insured populations through the usage and/or in partnerships with community-based navigation programs.

• Note: Programs that only address awareness/education only programs will not be considered. Direct services must be provided and tracked

Priority 3:

Build capacity for the continuum of breast health care with the goal of creating continuity between education, navigation, screening, diagnostic, treatment and treatment support programs.

Step 2

Verify Eligibility

Any United States nonprofit, federally tax-exempt organization may apply for a grant, assuming that the applicant meets all other requirements as stated in the Request for Applications (RFA). Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations, nonprofit hospitals and hospital systems, governmental entities, Native American tribes, and nonprofit educational institutions. Organizations that plan to use a fiscal sponsor must contact the Komen Chicago Affiliate prior to submitting a grant application. Organization must provide services within one of the 5 counties in the Affiliate’s service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry.

Step 3

Attend a grant application workshop

Komen Chicago held three grant application workshops in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties.  The purpose was to help potential applicants better respond to our RFA. 

No additional opportunities will be provided for training.  Due to the fact that Komen Chicago has moved to a new online system the training was essential for potential applicants.  At this time we WILL accept application from non attendees, however, very limited technical assistance will be provided due to staffing limitations.  Helpful items been provided in Step 4 including the user manual for GeMS for your reference.  

Interested applicants should complete the Community Grant (CG) Application online through the Grants e-Management System (GeMS): https://affiliategrants.komen.org

Grant Application Workshop Dates

December 10, 2013

1:00pm to 3:30pm

Journey World

770  N. Halsted, Suite 500

Chicago, IL

December 16, 2013

10:30am to 1:00pm

Waukegan Public Library

128 North County Street

Waukegan, IL

  December 18, 2013 

10:30am to 1:00pm

Aurora Public Library

555 S. Eola Road

Aurora, IL

Step 4

Submit Application

Applications must be submitted on or before 8:00am CST on January 13th, 2014, through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS) at https://affiliategrants.komen.org. The 2013/2014 application cycle is now closed. The 2014/2015 grant cycle application instructions are outlined in the applicable RFA, which can be downloaded below.

2014-2015 Community Grant Request for Application

Additional Items:
Attachment A: Federal Poverty Guidelines/Income Levels
Attachment B: Definition of Good Standing
Attachment C: Medicare Rates
Attachment D: GeMS User Roles
Attachment E: Sample MOU


Helpful Items:

GeMS Applicant Manual

Step 5

Notification from us

Once you submit your grant application through GeMS, an acknowledgement email will be sent through GeMS.

We will contact you if we have questions during the compliance review.

You will receive an email notification as to whether your application will proceed to the review panel for review and scoring.

You will receive an email notification regarding the funding decision in March.

If a grant is awarded, all contracting processes will take place through GeMS. Your organization will be required to attend a grantee orientation in spring 2014.

The grant cycle runs April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015.

Small Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Grants

In response to community need, Komen Chicago Affiliate established the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Grants Program to assist breast health and breast cancer organizations in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs. Nonprofit organizations implementing breast health and breast cancer programs can apply for technical assistance and/or capacity building grants for up to $10,000. These grants are not intended to supplement funds awarded through the Community Grants Program.

Step 1

Confirm fit with our funding priorities

Small grants funding is to assist breast health and breast cancer organizations to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs. Requests to fund clinical services will not be considered.

Technical Assistance is usually focused on addressing internal operational or management challenges or issues with a focus on problem-solving or increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Technical assistance may include bringing in outside expertise that does not currently exist within an organization.

Capacity Building is enhancing an organization’s ability to provide services by redesigning processes, implementing new practices, or developing collaborations or partnerships that will improve local breast health and breast cancer services. A grant request through this program can include both technical assistance and capacity.

Step 2

Verify Eligibility

Any United States nonprofit, federally tax-exempt organization may apply for a grant, assuming that the applicant meets all other requirements as stated in the Small Grants Application. Eligible organizations include nonprofit organizations, nonprofit hospitals and hospital systems, governmental entities, Indian tribes, and nonprofit educational institutions. Organizations who plan to use a fiscal sponsor must contact the Affiliate prior to submitting a grant application. Organization must provide services within one of the 5 counties in the Affiliate’s service area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties.

Step 3

Submit Application

Applications submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Small grants applications are due on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by 8:00am CST. All grant submissions must be done through the Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS): affiliategrants.komen.org. The small grant RFA can be found here: 2013-2014 Technical Assistance/Capacity Building Small Grant Application

Step 4

Notification from us

Once we receive your grant application, a confirmation email will be sent through GeMS.

We will contact you if we have questions during review.

You will receive an email notification regarding the funding decision within 30 days.

If a grant is awarded, all contracting will take place through GeMS.