The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources, is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. We join more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer.

Through events like the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure, we have invested over $989,000 in the national Komen for the Cure Grant Program and over $2.7 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in 42 Virginia cities and counties including:

Alleghany, Amherst, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, City of Buena Vista, City of Bristol, Campbell, Carroll, City of Covington, City of Danville, Dickenson, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, City of Galax, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, City of Lexington, City of Lynchburg, City of Martinsville, Montgomery, City of Norton, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, City of Radford, Roanoke, City of Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, City of Salem, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe

Seventy-five percent of net proceeds generated by the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate stay in the Affiliate service area. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen Grants Program for energizing science to find the cures.

We strive to maintain the highest levels of integrity in our organization, and as such we have a very detailed procedure for awarding grants. Our funding decisions are guided by the breast cancer needs of the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate service area as identified in our Community Profile. The Community Profile is a needs assessment document that is valid for three years and provides an overview of Komen’s grant-making priorities and the breast health needs in our service area. Please click here to access our 2015-19 Community Profile Quantitative Data Report that will support your needs assessment.  You may also use other data sources to strengthen your local needs assessment.

We invite grant applications annually through a Request for Applications (RFA) document. This details our funding priorities, what items we will and will not fund and the details of how to apply. When the RFA is issued, an announcement inviting organizations to apply for a grant is circulated as widely as possible, giving a summary of the RFA and a link to the Grant eManagement Systems (GeMS) online submission website. In addition, a grant application workshop and webinar are held which give potential applicants information about our grants submission process and the RFA.

When applications are received they are reviewed to ensure that they are in compliance with the RFA.  For example:   Were they received by the deadline? Do they fund breast cancer programs? Applications are then reviewed, assessed and ranked by an Independent Panel. The Panel comprises a variety of people involved in research, community health, and business and includes volunteers and breast cancer survivors.

The ranked list of applications is submitted to the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate Board of Directors for approval. The Board can only accept or deny the ranked list; they are not able to change the application rankings. They determine the amount of funding available for the grant program and grants are funded in ranking order.

Once the grant has been awarded, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge maintains a relationship with its grantees. This includes site visits, grantee involvement in Affiliate events, and regular reports from grantees as to the progress of the funded program.

Grants made by the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate aim to change behaviors and health care systems to increase access to early detection and quality treatments. Details about our current community grants are described here.

Komen Virginia Blue Ridge will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 grant cycle on October 3, 2017. All proposals must be submitted online through the Grants e-Management System (GeMS)


For more information, please contact Lil Bonnette, Mission Manager at 540-400-8222 or email