Small Grants Program

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio is currently offering small grants up to $2,500 to support education programs, provider conferences/trainings, and/or survivor support programs. Innovative approaches to addressing the health issues identified in the 2015 Komen Northeast Ohio Community Profile and existing health disparities are encouraged. Small grants will only be awarded to organizations serving one or more of the following target areas: Ashtabula County, Cuyahoga County, Harrison County, Jefferson County, Lorain County, and Mahoning County. Please see the funding criteria below for more specific information. Organizations that would like to request funds greater than $5,000 or for direct clinical services (such as mammograms) should refer to our large Community Grants Program.

Request for Applications (RFA) & Application Due Dates

The 2017-2018 Small Grant Request for Applications is now available. All applications must be submitted through Komen’s Grants eManagement System (GeMS) at The small grants application will be available in GeMS beginning May 1, 2017.

Grants are available until March 31, 2018. Small grant applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the event(s) date(s). Applications recommended for funding require board approval prior to award notification. Therefore, applications must be submitted according to the schedule below to allow for prompt approval and payment.

Application Due Date

Board Approval Date

Award Notification Date

Friday, June 23rd

Monday, July 10th

Friday, July 14th

Friday, August 25th

Monday, September 11th

Friday, September 16th

Friday, October 27th

Monday, November 13th

Friday, November 18th

Friday, January 5th

Monday, January 22nd

Friday, January 27th

Friday, February 16th

Monday, March 5th

Friday, March 10th

Komen Northeast Ohio has created a GeMS Applicant User Manual to assist in the application process. Additionally, please see the RFA for an outline of all the components, including word limits, for each part of the small grant application. 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 & Small Grant Categories

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. The categories for small grant funding include:

  • Educational/Outreach Grants – Explore new approaches to reduce breast cancer education barriers identified in target communities and populations in the 2015 Komen Northeast Ohio Community Profile. Education programs must focus on either (a) peer-to-peer education and/or (b) multi-session, cohort education sessions. Education programs must lead to a documented action for participants (e.g., mammogram scheduled/received). Grantee may collaborate with other organizations to provide a direct service for those who cannot afford one, but this collaboration and follow-up must be documented with a letter of support from the partnering organization. Small grant funds, however, may not be utilized for these direct services.
  • Conference Grants – Support the development and implementation of trainings focused on either (a) evidence-based communication methods/styles, (b) cultural competency, (c) health literacy, and/or (d) Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project for those working with individuals and families battling breast cancer. The content must focus on breast cancer or breast cancer must make up a significant part of the conference.
  • Patient Support Programs – Establish or expand free/low-cost survivor support groups and services that use evidence-based strategies to address the psycho-social, emotional, and physical issues faced by breast cancer patients and their family members. Programs should focus on keeping women in treatment to decrease breast health disparity outcomes.

Grant Applicant Training Opportunities

Komen Northeast Ohio has scheduled series of grant training opportunities to support the development of quality programs and applications for the 2017-2018 grant year. The training will cover the small grant funding categories, eligibility criteria, and the grant application in GeMS. The training also offers an opportunity for like-minded organizations to get together and learn what everyone is doing to address breast health disparities in their area.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, May 9th 12pm-1:30pm Jefferson County Library – Schiappa Branch
4141 Mall Drive
Steubenville, OH 43952
Wednesday, May 10th 12pm-1:30pm Ashtabula Library
4335 Park Ave.
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Thursday, May 11th 12pm-1:30pm Bay Village Library
502 Cahoon Road
Cleveland, OH 44140

Light refreshments will be available at each training and parking is free on-site.

To RSVP to a small grant training, please email Gina Chicotel at with the location of the training you would like to attend.

Applicant Support

Questions about Small Grants and GeMS should be directed to:
Gina Chicotel
Director of Mission
(216) 292-2873, x112