How to Apply for Community Grants

The promise of Susan G. Komen® is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Applications will be accepted for breast health or breast cancer screening, treatment, education, or support projects in the 42 city/county service area for the fiscal year April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Projects that specifically address the objectives outlined in the “Funding Priorities” in the application will be eligible for funding.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for funding:

  • Individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications will only be accepted from governmental organizations under Section 170(c)(1) or nonprofit organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code. Applicants must prove tax‐exempt status by providing a letter of determination from the IRS.
  • Proposed projects must be specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the priorities identified within this RFA. 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 projects must be in compliance with Komen requirements.
  • 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 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 will not recur.
  • Completion of a Letter of Intent (LOI) no later than November 15 at 12 PM will be required of all applicants.
  • Individuals served must reside in one of the following locations:
    • Alleghany, Amherst, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, City of Bristol, Buchanan, City of Buena Vista, 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, and Wythe

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Grantwriting Webinar on September 18 at 10 am. The recorded webinar is available here.

Letter of Intent

All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the link below prior to submitting their application. After submitting your LOI, the Affiliate will provide written feedback within 10 business days. It is recommended that applicants apply the feedback to their program before submitting their final application.

LOI is due no later than November 15 at 12 pm. Applicants are encouraged to submit their LOI as early as possible in order to have more time to complete their application.


Request for Application (RFA) and Application Process


All applications must be submitted online through the Komen Grants Portal at before the application deadline to be considered. Komen Grants Portal will open in September.

Extensions to the submission deadline will not be granted, with the rare exception made for severe extenuating circumstances at the sole discretion of Komen.

The application process is competitive, regardless of whether or not an organization has received a grant in the past. Funding in subsequent years is never guaranteed.

Application Deadline – Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm

All requests for science research funding should be directed to the National Susan G. Komen® Grants Program. More information on research funding is available at