The promise of Susan G. Komen® is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Learn more about research investments here.

All requests for science research funding should be directed to the National Susan G. Komen® Grants Program.

Komen Columbus funds non-duplicative, community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment projects for the medically underserved in our 30 county service area covering Central and Southeastern Ohio. All projects are united together in the goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the Affiliate’s 30 county service area by 50% within the next decade.

Questions about Community Grants or the Grants e-Management System should be directed to:
Julie McMahon
Director of Mission
614-297-8155 x 204

Funding Priorities

Komen Columbus has identified the following funding priority areas. Funding priorities were selected based on data from the 2015 Komen Columbus Community Profile Report.

Breast Health Navigation Programs will focus on identifying and addressing barriers and needs of clients in order to improve quality, timeliness and adherence to care by utilizing a patient navigation model, as well as increasing access to mobile mammography in rural counties.

  • Implementation of a pathway to navigate women to screening through evidence-based education and corresponding navigation. These programs should include education about breast self-awareness and personal risk and inherited risk to inform a decision to get screened according to individual risk.
  • Implementation of a pathway to navigate women with abnormal screening results to diagnostics and treatment.
  • Increase availability of mobile mammography in Rural-Appalachian target community through specific mobile mammography events.

Through a fundinohf-logog partnership with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville, we are excited to announce an additional funding opportunity for programs serving the following counties: Athens, Hocking, Perry, Meigs, Morgan, Vinton

CLICK HERE>>Navigation Request for Proposal.


System Improvement and Support Programs will focus on identifying and addressing health equity issues contributing to local breast health disparities, addressing unmet non-medical financial needs of patients in treatment, and improving quality and timeliness of care by supporting innovation and adoption of quality improvement pilot projects.

CLICK HERE>>System Improvement and Support Request for Proposal.

Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
All proposals must demonstrate appropriate referrals to the Ohio Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and/or Medicaid.  The RFPs are built to fill unmet need and build more seamless safety-net coverage for expenses not already covered by other safety-net programs.

Important Dates

If you missed the September 30 RFA Release webinar, here is a link of the recording

Join us for a webinar to learn about the granting guidelines and priorities for the 2017-2018 Community Health grants program, including information about the two funding programs described above and the Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFPs are being released prior to the application being available online to give applicants more time to consider the planning of their programs under new guidelines.

October 31, 2016, |Letter of Intent to Apply Submission link

November 4th, 2016, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Komen Columbus office |2016-2017 Grant Application Workshop
Attendance strongly recommended for all applicants.

We recommend all applicants attend our grant application workshop, especially this year due to changes in the application structure. The workshop will give an overview of each Request for Applications, tips and suggestions from reviewers, guidance on each part of the application, provide technical assistance with the Grants e-Management System, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one assistance with the application.

RSVP by October 31 to Julie McMahon.

Note: The deadline has been designed to allow applicants the maximum planning time. Due to the holiday before the deadline, it is recommended that you complete the majority of your application ahead of the holidays.

January 11, 2017 5 p.m. EST | Application Deadline
March 2017 | Award Notification
April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018  Project Period

Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to apply via the link below by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 31, 2016.

All applications must be submitted online through the Komen Grants e-Management System (GeMS). Training on use of the GeMS system will occur at the grant workshop. The application has been updated from previous years. New users must register in GeMS by clicking Register now on the homepage at Please contact Julie McMahon for assistance.

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be:

  • A federally tax-exempt entity — non-profit organization, government agency, educational institution or Indian tribe. Individuals cannot apply.
  • Serve one of the following 30 counties in our area: Athens, Champaign, Clark, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton and Washington.

Grantwriting Support Materials

GeMS Applicant Manual available in GeMS
Grantwriting Workshop Slides (coming in November)
RFP Announcement slides

The following websites are examples of resources of evidence-based interventions: