Apply for Community Grants

Community Grants are designed to make a lasting impact in communities that are underserved and uninsured.  This is accomplished by implementing sustainable, evidence-based, culturally appropriate, comprehensive breast health services, among populations that are found to have the highest rates of late stage diagnosis and mortality rates.

Each nonprofit organization awarded a Community Grant by Susan G. Komen® Orange County plays a critical role in advancing the Komen mission to save lives.

The grant application process is competitive.  Whether or not an organization has received a grant in the past, funding in subsequent years is never guaranteed and depends upon the quality of this application, the quality of the applicant pool, and the funds available for distribution.



Deadline: November 15, 2019 9:59pm (PST)
Performance Period:  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Award Notification: February 3, 2020


• Individuals are not eligible to apply.

• Applications will only be accepted from governmental organizations under Section 170(c)(1) or nonprofit organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. Applicants must prove tax‐exempt status by providing a letter of determination from the IRS.

• Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the priorities identified within this RFA. If a project includes other health issues along with breast cancer, such as a breast and cervical cancer project, funding may only be requested for the breast cancer portion.

• All past and current Komen-funded projects must be in compliance with Komen requirements.

• 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 will not recur.

• Additional Eligibility Requirements for clinics requesting additional funding for High Risk Screening and Diagnostic Breast Procedures:

– Applications will only be accepted from U.S. non-profit clinics and hospitals, including cancer centers.
–  Applicants MUST be a California Cancer Detection Program provider and/or Family Pact provider.
–  Applicants MUST be able to enroll patients into the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP).
–  Healthcare facilities MUST provide board certified care for breast cancer diagnosis by a qualified healthcare team.
–  Healthcare facilities MUST not discriminate based upon age, gender, race, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or an individual’s ability to pay.

ELIGIBLE SERVICE AREA: Applicants must provide services to residents of Orange County, California.

FUNDING PRIORITIES: Komen Orange County supports breast cancer projects that address the funding priorities below, which were selected based on data from our current Community Profile Report. The funding priority areas are listed below in no particular order:

• Patient Navigation

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for anyone utilizing breast health services along the continuum of care paying particular attention to the priority populations listed in our current Community Profile: African American/Black women; Asian and Pacific Islander women; Hispanic/Latina women; women 65 years or older that reside in Orange County. Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary.

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).

• Reducing Barriers to Care

Evidence-based projects that reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Orange County. Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer.

Komen seeks to fund projects that provide no cost or low-cost screening/diagnostic/treatment services, mobile mammography, diagnostic/treatment co- pay and deductible assistance, transportation, interpreter services, childcare/eldercare, financial assistance for daily living expenses or medical treatment assistance for those receiving breast cancer treatment.

• Breast Cancer Education

Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings. Projects must be designed to result in documented age- appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal mammogram). Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target African American/Black women; Asian and Pacific Islander women; Hispanic/Latina women; women 65 years or older individuals that reside in Orange County.

Breast cancer education projects should include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages. Additional educational materials can be found on Komen’s National website, and utilized for supplemental education based on the need, audience and purpose of the educational project. Projects must provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services and include follow up with participants.

Need Support? Contact Lauren Fix, Manager of Mission Programs at or 714-957-9157 x41.

For information about Komen’s Research and Scientific Grant Programs, click here.