Request for Applications

The 2016-2017 Request for Application is now available. Please click here to access the RFA. Applications are due in Komen’s Grants e-Management System (GeMS) by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Grants are available for up to one (1) year (April 1- March 31).

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio uses an electronic grant submission process. To access the electronic grant application and apply for a Community Grant, please visit Komen’s Grants e-Management System (GeMS) at All grant applications must be submitted through GeMS; the Affiliate will not accept paper copies of applications.

Komen Northeast Ohio has created a GeMS Applicant User Manual to assist in the application process. For technical assistance, contact Gina Chicotel at or (216) 292-2873 x 112. Please allow adequate time (up to five (5) business days) before the application deadline for a response.

Affiliate Funding Priorities

Komen Northeast Ohio will only consider funding for programs that definitively respond to the Affiliate priorities as outlined in the 2015 Community Profile. Funding priorities are also outlined within the RFA.

RFA Training Opportunities

Komen Northeast Ohio will offer a series of grant trainings to support the development of quality programs and applications.

Click here to view Komen Northeast Ohio’s Grant Writing 101 presentation.

Click here to view Komen Northeast Ohio’s Monitoring and Evaluation 101 presentation.

Applicants may review these presentations online at any point during the application process.

Komen Northeast Ohio will host three in-person trainings during September of 2015 focused on the 2015 Community Profile and how to use the information within the report to support the development, implementation, and/or continuation of breast health projects. These sessions will also focus on updates to the 2016-2017 RFA and the use of evidence-based models to inform program development and delivery to effectively address the issues outlined in the 2015 Community Profile. Trainings will be held September 22-24th in Cleveland, Akron/Canton, and Youngstown; please see the Grant Applicant Training Schedule below for exact dates, times, and locations. Due to the new information provided in the 2015 Community Profile and the significant changes made to grant requirements and the grant application itself, all potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these in-person training opportunities. To RSVP for an in-person training session, please email Gina Chicotel at

Komen Northeast Ohio can only accept grant applications through Komen Headquarters’ Grants e-Management System (GeMS). Therefore, all new applicants, any organizations that have not applied for funding in the last four years, and/or new program staff for returning applicants/grantees are required to attend one mandatory, in-person GeMS training with Affiliate staff. This mandatory training will be offered at the Komen NEO office from 3:00pm-5:00pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, and Thursday, September 17, 2015. Applicants can choose the date that works best for their schedule, but they MUST attend at least one training session. Conference call capabilities will be available for those who have to travel long distances. To RSVP for a GeMS training session, please email Gina Chicotel at

2016-2017 Grant Applicant Training Schedule

August 24, 2015 at 9 am
Web Training: Grant Writing and 101 and Monitoring & Evaluation 101
Komen Northeast Ohio website
Optional (strongly encouraged for new applicants)

September 16 and 17, 2015 from 3 pm- 5 pm
In-person Training: GeMS Training for new applicants
Komen Northeast Ohio Office
Attendance is mandatory for new applicants

September 22, 2015 from 10 am- 1 pm
In-person Training: 2015 Community Profile and Evidence-Based Programming
Independence Library, 6391 Selig Drive, Independence, Ohio 44131
Attendance is strongly encouraged

September 23, 2015 from 1 pm- 4 pm
In-person Training: 2015 Community Profile and Evidence-Based Programming
Akron Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326
Attendance is strongly encouraged

September 24, 2015 from 1 pm- 4 pm
In-person Training: 2015 Community Profile and Evidence-Based Programming
Youngstown Library,305 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Attendance is strongly encouraged

Komen staff will also be available by appointment during the months of September and October to address any unique concerns and/or issues an applicant may have during the application process. Please contact Gina Chicotel at to schedule a convenient time to meet.

Grant Application Pre-Review

An optional grant application pre-review period will be available to all applicants in the month of October. Applicants who wish to participate in the optional pre-review process will be required to submit a portion of their application to be reviewed by Komen Northeast Ohio staff, grant writing experts, and former Grant Review Committee* members. Segments of the application eligible for pre-review are: Project Summary Information (to include the Project Profile, Project Abstract, and Project Target Demographics); the Project Narrative; the Project Work Plan; and the Project Budget. Feedback and comments from pre-reviewers will be summarized in a written document and returned to participating applicants via email.

Applicants who wish to participate in the pre-review process must submit eligible sections of the application electronically to Gina Chicotel at no later than 5:00 pm on October 2, 2015. Application feedback and comments will be returned to all participating applicants no later than 5:00 pm on October 16, 2015. If the applicant has further questions related to the pre-review feedback, in-person appointments and/or conference calls can be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Coaching (including consultation prior to, during, or following the grant technical assistance) is independent of the grant review process. Feedback does not predict final funding decision nor does it guarantee funding.

Applicant Support

Questions about Community Grants and the Grants e-Management System (GeMS) should be directed to:
Gina Chicotel
Director of Mission
(216) 292-2873, x112

For more information about our grants program or to be added to the RFA notification email list, please contact Gina Chicotel at or (216) 292-2873, x112.