Request for Applications

The 2017-2018 Request for Applications is now available. Awards for the 2016-2017 Grant Year are posted here. Applications are due in Komen’s Grants eManagement System (GeMS) by 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

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 eManagement 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.

Grant Applicant Training Opportunities

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

Online Trainings
Two presentations, Grant Writing 101 and Monitoring & Evaluation 101, are available for download. Grant Writing 101 provides an overview of the grant writing process specific to Komen NEO’s grant application and submission requirements, funding priorities, and GeMS. Monitoring & Evaluation 101 provides an overview of program evaluation, data collection and analysis, and the expectations of grant reporting for a Komen Northeast Ohio grant. Applicants may review these presentations online at any point during the application process.

GeMS Assistance
Komen Northeast Ohio will only accept grant applications submitted through Komen’s Grants eManagement System (GeMS). GeMS can be accessed at All new applicants and/or new program staff for returning applicants are strongly encouraged to review the GeMS training materials on Affiliate staff will be available throughout the RFA period for questions and consultation. Please allow adequate time (at least 5-10 business days) for issues and/or questions with GeMS to be resolved.

Grant Application Pre-Review
An optional grant 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 are required to submit a portion of their grant 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/or 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 5:00pm on October 3, 2016. Application feedback and comments will be returned to all participating applicants no later than 5:00pm on October 17, 2016. 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 pre-review period) is independent of the grant review process. Feedback received at any point in the application process does not predict a 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.