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 Direct Services Contracts.

Request for Applications (RFA) & Application Due Dates

The 2019-2020 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 April 1, 2019.

Grants are available until March 31, 2020. 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

April 22, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 13, 2019
June 17, 2019 July 1, 2019 July 8, 2019
August 26, 2019

September 9, 2019

September 16, 2019

October 21, 2019

November 4, 2019

November 11, 2019

December 30, 2019

January 13, 2020

January 20, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 2, 2020

March 9, 2020

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 – To explore new approaches to reduce breast cancer education barriers identified in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Harrison, Jefferson, and Mahoning Counties. Education and outreach projects must lead to a documented breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram; importance of follow-up after an abnormal mammogram). 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.
  • Travel Grants – Assist in travel costs that would be incurred by a breast cancer professional to (1) attend meetings, conferences or symposia leading to an increase in the individual’s knowledge about breast cancer that can be used in their daily job responsibilities or (2) to present at meetings, conferences or symposia on evidence-based breast cancer interventions that are aligned with Komen’s mission. (Note: An individual cannot be funded to attend the same conference by a travel grant and a conference grant.)
  • Conference Grants – Support (e.g., logistics; registration fees; presenter fees, etc.) local scientific or educational conferences with presentations/sessions that have an emphasis on the interaction between advocate, public health, healthcare, and scientific communities to address breast cancer disparities to achieve health equity. The presentations/sessions supported by Komen must be focused on breast cancer. (Note: Presenters at a conference cannot be funded through a Komen conference grant and a travel grant.)
  • 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.

2017-2019 Small Grant Recipients

Survivors Helping Other Women Survive
Project Title: SHOWS
Amount Funded: $2,500
Project Description: Survivors Helping Other Women Survive/SHOWS has a proactive and culturally tailored program that offers patient navigation, peer-to-peer education, group education and utilization of non-traditional settings such as AA churches to help raise awareness. ‘Edutainment’, entertainment that educates, comes in the form of plays written by AA survivors followed by in-depth information on breast health, breast cancer, the importance of early detection, survivorship support and screenings for improved survival rates. Partners from hospitals, community outreach organizations and BCCP are present at each event to increase awareness, provide access to screening and decrease barriers to quality care.

University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center
Project Title: Minority Women Breast Cancer Awareness
Amount Funded: $2,500
Project Description: Minority Women Breast Cancer Awareness Project will serve the African American women, low-income, underinsured, and uninsured and/or working poor in Ashtabula County. The project will consist of a six-part health education session with focus on culturally appropriate breast health, breast cancer awareness, risk factors and prevention- focusing on healthy diet, exercise, smoking cessation, alcohol consumption; and focus on early detection. The sessions will be lead by supporting UH staff. At the conclusion of the sixth session, scheduling a screening mammogram will be available. A nurse navigator will coordinate the events, schedule mammograms, qualify women who are uninsured for a free mammogram thru the UHGMC Underserved Women’s Project Community Fund, arrange transportation and provide continuation of care if further testing is needed. 50 individuals will be served. This project will result in an increased knowledge for early detection and available resources.

Grant Applicant Training Opportunities

Komen Northeast Ohio conducted a  small grant training in May, 2017 to support the development of quality programs. The training covered the small grant funding categories, eligibility criteria, and the grant application in GeMS. The training also offered an opportunity for like-minded organizations to get together and learn what everyone is doing to address breast health disparities in their area.

To download a copy of the small grant training presentation, please click here.

Other small grant training opportunities will be posted here as they are scheduled. Please check back periodically for more information.

Applicant Support

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