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 breast health education and breast cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment projects to ensure everyone in our 30-county service area covering Central and Southeastern Ohio has access to the highest quality and timely breast care. 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% by 2026.

Questions about Community Grants or the Grants e-Management System should be directed to:
Lauren Beitel 
Mission Programs Manager

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • Navigate women with abnormal screening results to diagnostics and treatment.
  • All proposals must provide a path to completion of screening and/or follow-up care for patients, including an assessment and referral to overcome all barriers identified.

Fundinohf-logog for programs in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Meigs, Morgan and Vinton counties is offered through partnership with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville.

CLICK HERE>>Navigation 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

Grantwriting Workshop | September 6, 2017 from 10 AM – 2 PM (Please RSVPAttendance strongly recommended for all applicants. In- person only at the Komen Columbus Office in Westerville.)

Letter of Intent Deadline | September 29, 2017 Letter of Intent to Apply Submission link 

Application Deadline | November 22, 2017– NOTE NEW DEADLINE

Compliance Review Period | November 22- December 1, 2017

Award Notification | March 2018

Award Period | April 1, 2018- March 31, 2019

Grantee Orientation | March 2018

Reports | 6 month and final report

We recommend all applicants attend our grant application workshop. Those who attend will have a better understanding of how to shape a program most likely to be funded and benefit from networking. 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.

Submission Requirements

All applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent to apply with basic information about their planned proposal, which will be reviewed and feedback provided by affiliate staff to assist in the development of a successful proposal. The Letter of Intent must be submitted here by 5:00 p.m. EST September 29, 2017.

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 Lauren Beitel 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 or upon request
Grantwriting Workshop Slides (coming in September)
The following are resources you may find helpful in developing a proposal:

Additional Pathway Navigation Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Pathways Community HUB Manual – A Guide to Identify and Address Risk Factors, Reduce Costs, and Improve Outcomes – Guide designed to help those interested in improving care coordination to individuals at highest risk for poor health outcomes.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Connecting Those at Risk to Care – The Quick Start Guide to Developing Community Care Coordination Pathways – The Quick Start Guide complements the Pathways Community HUB manual and provides a detailed overview of the model.

Catholic Health Association – Article outlining Pathways Model and successful case studies of implementation and execution.

 10% of proposal scores are based on the program’s consideration and ability to address social determinants of health through referral and collaboration with other partners. Additional Resources for Social Determinants of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Includes general information, where to find data, tool-kits and articles for putting the determinants in action, featured resources, policy resource, and CDC programs for addressing the determinants.

Healthy People 2020: Determinants of Health – Provides an overview of the broad categories determinants fall under, including policymaking, social factors, health services, individual behavior, and biology and genetics.

The Nation’s Health: Social Determinants of Health Series – Includes podcasts, articles, infographics, and news stories on information on the social determinants including education, housing, income inequity.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Brief: The Relative Contribution of Multiple Determinants to Health Outcomes – Outlines five major categories of health determinants and provides information on research to date.

Rural Health Information Hub: Social Determinants of Health for Rural People