Apply for a Grant

Komen Colorado is not a direct service provider and does not provide financial support directly to individuals. Instead, we partner with local, community-based organizations that are experts in providing breast cancer care and support for individuals and families affected by breast cancer. 

The ability to receive quality breast cancer care should not be dependent upon ability to pay, age, insurance coverage, geographic location, educational attainment, race, ethnicity, language spoken, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender affiliation.

Applications for Community Grants are accepted annually during the fall. Details about types of projects eligible for funding are available on the respective tabs below.

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

  • General Eligibility Requirements for Local Organizations to Receive Grant Support from Komen Colorado

    • Komen Colorado will only fund projects that focus on breast health and/or breast cancer for uninsured or underinsured individuals. If a program includes other health issues along with breast cancer, such as increasing overall health literacy or a breast and cervical cancer program, funding may only be requested for the breast cancer portion.
    • All past and current Komen Colorado-funded grants or awards to Applicant organizations must be up-to-date and in compliance with Komen requirements. Applicants that have partnered with the Affiliate in the past must be considered to be “in good standing” with the Affiliate grants program.
    • Applicant must be able to demonstrate current tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service code.
    • Applicant must be a non-profit organization located in or providing services in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, or Yuma counties.
    • 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 does not recur.
    • The Applicant is in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.
    • The Applicant is not barred from the receipt of federal or state funding.

  • Community Grants: 2017 Request for Applications Process

    Through November 7, 2016, Susan G. Komen Colorado will accept letters of intent to apply (LOIs) for grant-supported funding through the organization’s local Community Grants program. LOIs are being accepted for breast health or breast cancer projects that support and promote access to and utilization of services provided in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma. Projects must be implemented from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

    If Komen Colorado finds the request appropriate and within the scope of our funding priorities, applicants selected will be notified by November 28, 2016, and invited to submit a full application based on questions in our full Request for Application.

    Komen Colorado is no longer accepting submissions for grant-supported breast health or breast cancer projects. Organizations that submitted a Letter of Intent prior to the due date were notified of the invitation to submit a full application the week of November 28, 2016.

    Organizations invited to submit a full application received instructions directly from Komen Colorado after the notification.

    Click here to be added to the notification list for future funding opportunities.

    • Funding Priorities

      Komen Colorado awards grants using a competitive review process to support evidence-based projects that contribute to the Affiliate’s overall goals of:

      • Reducing breast cancer mortality in part by:
        • Reducing rates of late-stage diagnosis; and
        • Increasing screening rates and access to the breast cancer continuum of care
      • Reducing disparities in breast cancer outcomes between populations;
      • Enhancing quality of life for patients;
      • Improving patients’ ability to progress along the breast cancer continuum of care in their local communities; and
      • Changing individuals’ knowledge of and decision-making about breast cancer risk, screening recommendations, and screening behaviors

      Agencies may submit multiple letters of intent to apply. Komen Colorado has identified the following two funding priorities:

      Priority 1: Removing cost or other barriers that prevent Colorado women and men from entering or proceeding through the breast cancer clinical continuum of care.

      Projects should be designed to support the Affiliate’s long-term goal of reducing population-based disparities in breast cancer outcomes by increasing adherence to screening mammography guidelines based on individual risk to reduce the proportion of cancers diagnosed at a late stage and reduce breast cancer mortalities. Eligible applicants will provide direct clinical services, including breast cancer screenings, diagnostics, or if a patient is diagnosed with the disease, diagnostics and staging, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, patient navigation and complementary therapies. Health clinics that do not provide imaging services are eligible to apply if they demonstrate capacity to connect patients to clinical providers where screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures can be completed.

      Preferred projects will demonstrate capacity to ensure completion of:

      • screening and medically necessary diagnostic procedures for individuals living in mountain/resort communities in Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Park, Pitkin and Summit counties
      • screening, medically necessary diagnostic procedures, and treatment for individuals living in Colorado Health Statistics Region 1 (Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington & Yuma counties)
      • screening, diagnostic procedures, and treatment for medically underserved, uninsured, underinsured, linguistically isolated and/or foreign-born women living in urban Front Range and Northern Colorado communities, including the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Larimer and Weld

      Desired outcomes of funded projects:

      1. Breast cancer screenings completed based on individual risk
      2. At least 40% of people completing breast cancer screenings will not have been screened in at least 2 years
      3. Individuals referred for genetic testing/counseling as appropriate
      4. Receive definitive diagnostic determination within 60 days of abnormal screening result
      5. Adherence to medically recommended treatment plan appropriate for diagnosis
      6. Evaluation of eligibility for clinical trial participation
      7. Receipt of survivorship care plan if treatment completed during grant term

      Priority 2: Culturally competent programs that identify and educate medically underserved women and facilitate connecting them to clinical care, with an emphasis on reaching women who have not had a mammogram in at least 2 years.

      The Affiliate is seeking proposals for projects utilizing evidence-based best or promising practices to provide culturally responsive breast health education and health literacy about Colorado’s health care system to diverse populations. Projects must focus on mitigating barriers to screening and follow-up in the event of abnormal screening results. Projects should be designed to support the Affiliate’s long-term goal to change individuals’ knowledge of and decision-making about breast cancer risk, screening recommendations, and screening behaviors.

      Preference given to projects that:

      1. provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education about:
        • breast cancer risk;
        • breast cancer screening guidelines based on individual risk;
        • availability and utilization of health insurance and free/reduced-cost breast cancer screening and diagnostic programs;
        • role of preventive care in detecting breast cancer early; and
        • how to complete screenings and medically recommended diagnostic procedures.
          (Note: programs reaching Hispanics/Latinas must demonstrate capability to provide Spanish-dominant, bilingual education and navigation based on targeted population)
      2. work with clients to actively identify barriers to completing clinical services and collaborate to identify solutions; and
      3. track:
        1. mammogram completion
        2. percent of completed mammograms among women who have not had a mammogram in at least 2 years, and
        3. change in clients’ knowledge and behaviors about key concepts listed above.

      Priority populations include:

      • Black/African American women in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Larimer counties;
      • Low-income Hispanic/Latina women in Adams, Denver, Eagle, Garfield, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties

      Projects serving other communities experiencing breast cancer disparities also will be considered with justification provided by the applicant, including those targeting Asian/Pacific Islander women in Broomfield County.

      Desired outcomes of associated projects:

      1. Completed mammograms
      2. At least 40% of people completing mammograms will not have been screened in at least 2 years
      3. Individuals connect to primary care provider if patients/clients do not have current primary care provider
      4. Increased understanding of breast cancer risk factors and screening guidelines
      5. Increased understanding how to obtain & utilize health insurance
      6. Increased understanding of insurance coverage for preventive breast cancer screening, including genetic testing/counseling
      7. Identify & mitigate barriers to completing mammograms

      See complete LOI document for additional criteria.

    • Important Dates

      Call for Letters of Intent to Apply           October 11, 2016

      Optional Webinar – LOI Process             October 13, 2016, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
      Available for download here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/911856157195419393

      LOIs due                                                        November 7, 5:00 p.m.

      Submit an electronic copy of the following in one PDF document to tpanetta@komencolorado.org by 5:00 p.m. on November 7, 2016:

      • Completed “Cover Page” Form (one page)
      • Completed “Organization Capacity” Form (one page)
      • Completed “Project Information” Form
      • Supporting documents:
        • Submitted 990s for the last 2 years
        • Audited fiscal year-end financial statements for the last 2 years
        • Unaudited financial statement for the last quarter
        • Board of directors list with occupations and/or community affiliation

      For a Microsoft Word version of the LOI form only, click here.

      Notification of LOI Outcome                   November 28, 2016

      Applications Available in GeMS              December 1, 2016

      Grantwriting Webinar                               December 1, 2016 by invitation

      Application Deadline                                 January 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. MT via GeMS

      Award Notification                                    March 27, 2017

      Award Period                                              April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018

      Mandatory Orientation                             May 2018

    • 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 Komen Colorado prior to submitting a grant application. Organization must provide services within one of the 22 counties in the Affiliate’s service area: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma counties.

    • Optional Informational Webinars

      Organizations interested in requesting funding are strongly recommended to attend or download the following informational Webinars. Webinars will be held at the following dates and times:

      Thursday, October 13, 2016
      9:00 – 10:00 am. MT
      Available for download here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/911856157195419393

      Slides from Webinar

      Questions from Webinar participants


      Thursday, December 1, 2016
      12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MT
      Registration information available upon invitation to reply for funding based on successful submission of LOI

    • Resources for Applicants

      Below is a collection of templates, sample documents, references, etc. that Komen Colorado has found useful to grant recipients and applicants in the past. Note: Excel and Word documents will download automatically; you must access the file from your computer’s default download library to open.

      Susan G. Komen Colorado 2015 Community Profile

      Sample Data Tracking Documents

      Sample Plan for Treatment and Rate Agreement for Collaborating Providers (Word document)

      Sample 1 – Expense Tracking for Screening & Diagnostic Procedures, by Patient (Excel document)

      Sample 2 – Expense Tracking for Screening & Diagnostic Procedures, by Patient (Excel document)

      Patient Story Collection Form (Word document)

      Komen Colorado Ancillary Grant Resources

      Komen Colorado Definition of In Good Standing for Current & Former Grant Recipients

      Komen Colorado Glossary of Terms & Definitions

      Komen Colorado Sample Memorandum of Understanding between Providers Regarding Rates for Komen-Eligible Patients

      Catalogue of Susan G. Komen Education Materials & Discounted Rates for Komen Grant Recipients

      Miscellaneous Resources

      2016 WWC Screening & Diagnostic Procedure Rates

      2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines

      Self-Sufficiency Levels for 2015 in Colorado

      Colorado Cancer Registry Data

      Cancer and poverty, Colorado 2001-2012 (rev. March 10, 2015)

      Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

      2015 Colorado Health Access Survey

      Cancer Control Planet

    • Grant Review Panel Materials