How to Apply for Funding

The promise of Susan G. Komen® is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. Up to 75% of the net proceeds raised by Komen Northeast Ohio each year stay in Northeast Ohio. The funds raised are granted out to local organizations that provide breast health education, screening, treatment, and support programs targeted to communities and populations most in-need of services. The remaining 25% of the net proceeds support Komen National’s Research, Evaluation and Scientific Program.

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, Komen Northeast Ohio is investing over $290,000 in six local community programs. Komen Northeast Ohio funds innovative, evidence-based projects focused on addressing one of the priorities identified in Komen Northeast Ohio’s most recent Community Profile and those that meet the Affiliate’s Guiding Principles in Grant Making.

Komen funded programs provide breast health/cancer screening and diagnosis, navigation, and survivor support services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Northeast Ohio, which includes the following 22 counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties.

Request for Applications

Grants are available for up to one (1) year (April 1 – March 31). The 2018-2019 Request for Applications (RFA) is now available. Please click here to download a copy of the most up to date version.

Applications will be available in Komen’s Grants eManagement System (GeMS) on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:00am and will be due in GeMS no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

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.

All requests for scientific research funding should be directed to the National Susan G. Komen® Grants Program. More information on research funding is available at

Grant Training Opportunities

Training Webinars
On September 1, 2017, Komen Northeast Ohio will upload two presentations to The first, Grant Writing 101, will provide an overview of the grant writing process specific to Komen Northeast Ohio’s grant application and submission requirements, funding priorities, and how to use Komen’s Grants eManagement System (GeMS). The second, Monitoring & Evaluation 101, will provide an overview of program evaluation, data collection and analysis methods, and the expectations of grant reporting for a Komen Northeast Ohio grant. Applicants can review these presentations online at any point during the application process.

In-Person Training
Komen Northeast Ohio will offer one in-person training on September 6, 2017 from 2:00pm-4:00pm focused on the social determinants of health and the Pathways model of care. This session will also focus on updates to the 2018-2019 Request for Applications (RFA) and new requirements for grant application compliance. The training will be held at the Summit County Public Library (60 S. High Street, Meeting Room A/B, Akron, OH 44326). Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this in-person training opportunity. To RSVP for the in-person training session, please click here.

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 Applicant User Manual. 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. 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 a PDF copy of the application electronically to Gina Chicotel at no later than 5:00pm on October 6, 2017. Application feedback and comments will be returned to all participating applicants no later than 5:00pm on October 20, 2017. 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