Grant Programs

Susan G. Komen Orange County is the local resource for women who need breast cancer screening, diagnostic and support services. Through annual events including the MORE THAN PINK Walk, Pink Tie Ball and individual contributions, Komen Orange County raises funds that enable women to detect and survive breast cancer. Our community grant program is designed to make systemic, lasting change in our community and enables nonprofit organizations to implement innovative, culturally appropriate, and comprehensive breast health programs in communities where they live, work, play, and worship.

We are proud to have invested more than $41 million into our service area to date. Our current funding cycle, January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 boasts 10 projects totaling $615,122 that will provide breast health and breast cancer services to low-income and uninsured women and men in our community. For a complete list of community partners and a description of their breast health programs, Click Here.

Seventy-five percent of all funds raised by the Affiliate stay in Orange County to fund breast health programs for women who would not otherwise have access to screening and treatment. Twenty-five percent of funds raised supports the national Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant Program.


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


• 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.