Grant Applications must provide services within the following counties and cities:

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



2020-21 Community Grant Funding Priorities

No or Low-Cost Screenings and Diagnostic Services

Evidence-based projects that provide low- or no-cost screening and/or diagnostic services for individuals residing in the 42 city/county service area.

Individuals served must:

  • Have an income below 250 percent of the federal poverty line; and
  • Be uninsured or underinsured
  • Forty years or older OR if under 40, must be symptomatic or have a referral from a physician indicating a need for screening services (i.e. strong family history, high risk, etc.)

Komen seeks to fund projects that provide low- or no-cost screening and diagnostic services, mobile mammography, and co-pay and/or deductible assistance. Projects should target specifically high risk groups of black women, low-income women, uninsured/underinsured women, and patients with low health literacy.

Patient Navigation

Projects that provide evidence-based patient navigation for specifically high-risk groups of black women, low-income women, uninsured/underinsured women, and patients with low health literacy that reside in the 42 city and county service area. Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary.

Patient navigation is a process by which a trained individual- patient navigator- guides patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system. The primary focus of a patient navigator is on the individual patient, with responsibilities centered on coordinating and improving access to timely diagnostic and treatment
services tailored to individual needs. Patient navigators offer interventions that may vary from patient to patient along the continuum of care and include a combination of informational, emotional, and practical support (i.e., breast cancer education, counseling, care coordination, health system navigation, and access to transportation, language services and financial resources).

Reducing Other Barriers to Care

Komen seeks to fund projects that help dismantle barriers to care for those in need. Individuals can experience financial, geographical, and educational barriers to care in southwest Virginia; programs under this priority must fall into at least one of the following categories focused on reducing these barriers:

  • Transportation assistance
    o Projects that provide transportation assistance through shuttle, taxi, or other
    direct service.
    o Projects utilizing gas cards for transportation assistance must establish requirements for eligibility, such as mileage, lack of public transportation options, income, etc. Applications must show how program will determine need, how program ensures funds are utilized for transportation assistance for appointments, and explain the method of distributing gas cards (i.e. mailed before appointment, given at appointment, etc.).
  • Breast Health Education
    o Projects that provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings. Projects must be designed to result in documented age-appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal
    o Breast cancer education projects should include Komen’s breast selfawareness messages, if appropriate, based on the need, audience and purpose of the educational project. Projects must provide evidence of linkage
    to local breast cancer services and include follow up with participants. Based on findings from the Community Profile, these projects should target black women, uninsured/underinsured women, low-income women, and
    individuals with low health literacy that reside in the 42 city and county service area.