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Community-Based Grants


Susan G. Komen Missouri grants support to non-profit organizations and governmental institutions in our service area for innovative, non-duplicative, evidence-based projects in the areas of breast cancer screening, breast health education and support programs not otherwise available to the medically underserved populations in our 38-county Missouri/Illinois service area.

Komen Missouri funding is limited and awarded through a competitive process. All grant applications are subjected to rigorous review by an independent panel of local professionals from varied backgrounds, including medicine, business, public health, and breast cancer survivors. This panel is responsible for making the final decisions regarding grant awards.

Grant awards are for one year (April 1-March 31). Organizations receiving Komen Missouri grant awards must re-apply each year.

Eligibility Criteria for Community-Based Grant Applications:

Applicants must conform to the following eligibility criteria to apply. Eligibility requirements for the applicants must be met at the time of Application submission.

  • Individuals are not eligible to apply. Applications will only be accepted from a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status (such as an educational institution, hospital or other medical facility, or a community organization) or a local/state government located in or providing services to one or more of the following locations:
    • Missouri: Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Howard, Jefferson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Perry, Randolph, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren, Washington
    • Illinois: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
  • Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the priorities identified in the Affiliate's 2015 Community Profile. If a project includes other health issues along with breast cancer, such as a breast and cervical cancer project, funding may only be requested for the breast cancer portion.
  • All past and current Komen-funded grants or awards to applicant are up-to-date and in compliance with Komen requirements.
  • Applicant has documentation of current tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service code.
  • For Missouri applicants applying for screening funding, the organization must be a BCCCP provider through Show Me Healthy Women. For Illinois applicants requesting screening funding, there must be an established relationship with a lead agency for Illinois BCCCP (IBCCCP).
  • If applicant, or any of its key employees, directors, officers or agents is convicted of fraud or a crime involving any other financial or administrative impropriety in the 12 months prior to the submission deadline for the application, then applicant is not eligible to apply for a grant during this current cycle and will not be eligible to apply for a grant until 12 months after the conviction. After such 12-month period, applicant must demonstrate in its application that appropriate remedial measures have been taken to ensure that any criminal misconduct does not recur.
  • Certain insurance coverage must be demonstrated through a certificate of insurance at the execution of the grant agreement, if awarded. Grantee is required at minimum to hold: Commercial general liability insurance with combined limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate for bodily injury, including death, and property damage; workers' compensation insurance in the amount required by law in the state(s) in which its workers are located and employers liability insurance with limits of not less than $1,000,000; excess/umbrella insurance with a limit of not less than $5,000,000; in the event any transportation services are provided in connection with program, $1,000,000 combined single limit of automobile liability coverage will be required; if any medical services (other than referrals) are provided or facilitated, medical malpractice coverage with combined limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 in the aggregate will be required.

Allowable Expenses

Funds may be used for the following types of expenses provided they are directly attributable to the project:

  • Salaries. Salaries should only be requested for patient service oriented positions related to the grant project, not administrative roles or other grant projects.
  • Consultant fees
  • Patient care
  • Supplies
  • Reasonable travel costs related to the execution of the program
  • Other direct program expenses
  • Equipment, not to exceed $5,000 total, essential to the breast health-related project to be conducted.

Funds may not be used for the following purposes:

  • Research, defined as any project or program with the primary goal of gathering and analyzing information. Specific examples include but are not limited to: Understand the biology and causes of breast cancer; improve existing or develop new screening or diagnostic methods; identify approaches to breast cancer prevention or risk reduction; improve existing or develop new treatments for breast cancer or to overcome treatment resistance, or to understand post-treatment effects; investigate or validate methods
  • Education regarding breast self-examination/use of breast models
  • Development of educational materials or resources
  • Education via mass media (e.g. television, radio, newspapers, billboards), health fairs and material distribution. These methods may be used to promote projects, but evidence-based methods such as 1-1 and group sessions should be used to educate the community and providers.
  • Construction or renovation of facilities
  • Political campaigns or lobbying
  • General operating funds
  • Debt reduction
  • Fundraising (e.g. endowments, annual campaigns, capital campaigns, employee matching gifts, events)
  • Event sponsorships
  • Projects completed before the date of grant approval
  • Payments/reimbursement made directly to individuals
  • Land acquisition
  • Project-related investments/loans
  • Scholarships
  • Thermography
  • Equipment over $5,000 total
  • Projects or portions of projects not specifically addressing breast cancer
  • Indirect Costs

Click here for approved 2019 Reimbursement Rates.

Click here for the Grant Applicant User Manual

Click here for the Grant Application Presentation - Please review this for information on the grant process and how to apply for a grant.

Request for Application - 2019-2020 Susan G. Komen Missouri Community Grants 

Link to Komen Grants eManagement System (GeMS):

Grants Timeline

October 9, 2018
Request for Applications (RFA)
December 14, 2018 by 5:00 pm Applications Due
January/February 2019
Grant Application Review
March 2019
Notice of Grant Awards/Denials

If you have any questions regarding Komen Missouri grants, please contact: or call 314.644-5400.


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