2019-2020 Community Grant Recipients

Thanks to your ongoing generosity and donations, our Susan G. Komen Upstate New York Affiliate is proud to be able to grant awards to the following local, non-profit organizations for projects focused on advancing Komen’s BOLD GOAL, to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026:

Adirondack Health – “Breast Health Navigators” | Northeastern Region
The Breast Nurse Navigators will focus on individual patient needs and guide patients around and through barriers in the breast cancer health system by being the point of contact throughout the continuum of care.

ECMC Foundation – “We Drive…Early Detection through Mobile Mammography Program” | Western Region
Provides culturally competent, evidence-based breast health education and screening services to increase the mammography rate among underserved women throughout Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming counties utilizing the Mobile Mammography Coach.

Erie County Health Department – “WNY Cancer Services Program” | Western Region
Identifies and overcomes barriers to increase breast cancer screening, provide access to diagnostics and quality care in priority underserved populations in Erie County through outreach, education and individualized navigation.

International Institute – “The Immigrant and Refugee Breast Health Awareness Project” | Western Region
Provides outreach and navigation sessions for refugee & immigrant women providing information about breast cancer & regular screening.

Kevin Guest House – “Lodging Support for Breast Cancer Patients and Caregivers” | Western Region
Provides lodging, meals and care for breast cancer patients and families traveling to Buffalo for medical care.

Onondaga County Health Department – “Breast Cancer Outreach, Education, and Screening to At-Risk Populations” | Central Region
Provides breast cancer screening & diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured women who reside in Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse.  Increasing awareness among minority women living in the City of Syracuse & Native American women of the Onondaga Nation for free & reduced-cost breast cancer screening services.

Saratoga Hospital – “The Bold Call Project” | Northeastern Region
Identifies women who are overdue for mammogram screenings and proactively seeks to remove their barriers to access. A collaborative effort between the medical imaging department and primary care, the project connects with women who have open mammograms with an end goal of scheduling their screening.

The Fund for Women – “FFW Barriers to Care” | Twin Tiers Region
Provides financial assistance to women in need for support of their breast cancer treatment in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

The Guthrie Clinic – “Breast Care: Life-Saving Assistance Program” | Twin Tiers Region
Provides patient assistance funds for un- and under-insured individuals for the uncovered portion of additional screening views, diagnostic views, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies.  Will also provide assistance for lymphedema supplies and compression garments.

The Upstate Hospital Foundation – “She Matters – Increasing Screening Mammography in Underserved Women” | Central Region
Provides peer outreach, education, navigation, and screening mammography to reduce breast cancer disparities in low-income, primarily African American women in the City of Syracuse.

To Life – “Bridging the Gap – Accessing Care and Support Services ” | Northeastern Region
Provides the services of a bi-lingual breast health educator to help remove barriers (language and transportation) to diagnostics and treatment for women in Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery Counties.  Offers a monthly support group for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer

University at Buffalo Research Foundation’s –“Engaging Patients in Breast Health
through Patient Ambassadors, Mobile Mammography, and Education” | Western Region
Provides screening events at primary care practices on the East Side and West Side of Buffalo. Uses trained Patient Ambassadors to provide breast health education and assist women through the screening steps.

University of Rochester – “UR Medicine Breast Imaging Outreach” | Central Region
Provides Screening and Diagnostic support for un/under-insured patients, transportation to and from appointments, patient navigation, and outreach/education in Monroe County.

YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County – “ENCOREplus Breast Cancer Outreach, Education & Advocacy” |  Twin Tiers Region
Provides breast health outreach, education and advocacy services in Broome & Tioga counties. Provides case management services to help women overcome barriers to care, including financial, transportation and child/eldercare.

YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers  – “Pink Boutique Patient Relief Fund” | Twin Tiers Region
Provides a patient relief fund to help with counseling, transportation and other financial needs associated with women undergoing cancer treatment.

How to Apply for Community Grants

To apply for Komen Upstate New York Affiliate grants, you are required to use the Susan G. Komen® grants portal, a complete online grant management system. The Applicant User Manual provides detailed steps and instruction on how to apply for a grant using the Komen grants portal.

Affiliate funded projects must address our funding priorities as described in the 2020-2021 Request for Applications (RFA). These priorities are also listed below. Current funding priorities are based on data from our 2015 Komen Upstate New York Community Profile. Please familiarize yourself with this document prior to crafting your application.


Grantmaking Workshop:    November 2019 – tba
Application Deadline:    December 12, 2019 11:59PM
Award Notification:    March 2020
Award Period:   April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

Applicants interested in participating in the Grantmaking Workshop can contact grants@komenupstateny.org for additional information.  Organizations must initiate their application in the grants portal by December 5, 2019.


Komen Upstate New York also offers a Small Grant (SG) Program that funds projects costing less than $5,000. Funds are only awarded to non-profit organizations and can be applied for throughout the year.
Currently Funded Small Grants | Apply for a Small Grant

Komen National Research Grants Program, managed at the national level, accepts requests for scientific research funding. More information on research funding is available at www.komen.org/grants.

Current Grantees

The following are the required forms for reporting and making changes to your grant. Please note – change requests and report submission is done through the Grants eManagement system (GeMS); these forms are provided for reference only.

GeMs Grantee User Guide
6 Month Progress Report Instructions
Grant Training Workshop

If you have any questions regarding these documents, please contact grants@komenupstateny.org.


Funding Priorities

The following funding priority areas for our Komen Upstate New York Affiliate are listed below in no particular order. These priorities are based on our 2015 Community Profile report.

Access to Breast Cancer Services: Programs that increase access to breast cancer services and decrease disparities in care (e.g., screening, diagnostics and treatment) for low-income (at or below 250% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Level), uninsured or underinsured and minority women in both rural and urban communities. This includes programs that are designed to provide increased awareness of free and reduced-cost services, financial assistance with diagnostic and treatment co-pays/deductibles, and/or by removing transportation barriers (e.g., travel vouchers, gas cards, taxi fee coverage).  “Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer” (Patient Advocate Foundation, http://patientadvocate.org/resources.php?p=781).

Breast Cancer Patient Navigation:  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).

Patient navigation services are a valuable resource for patients transitioning through the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care. Though some health-care institutions offer patient navigation at the screening level, the availability of services are limited.

The safety-net practices and health centers see an abundance of patients with multiple complex conditions and often find prioritizing health needs difficult. Limited access to technology can make navigating the complex health system difficult for many.

Evidenced Based Education Programs: 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 mammogram).  Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. Health fairs and mass media campaigns are not evidence-based interventions and will not be accepted.

Based on findings from the Community Profile, priority will be given to programs demonstrating benefit to one or more of the following communities:

  • African-Americans (Albany, Erie, Monroe, Onondaga, and Schenectady Counties)
  • Hispanics/Latinos (Erie and Montgomery Counties)
  • American Indian women (Franklin County)
  • Foreign born women (Albany, Erie, and Schenectady Counties)
  • Rural Counties (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Franklin, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Seneca, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties – NY; Bradford County – PA,)

Examples of successful projects include those that:

  • Increase breast cancer action due to increased knowledge;
  • Increase the number of “never screened” women getting breast cancer screening;
  • Reduce the number of women “lost to follow‐up;”
  • Reduce time from abnormal screening to diagnostic procedures;
  • Reduce time from diagnostic resolution to treatment;
  • Increase treatment compliance.