2019-2020 Small Grant Recipients

Because of generous donors and your commitment to Komen’s vision of a world without breast cancer, our Susan G. Komen Upstate New York Affiliate is thrilled to offer a Small Grants program.

Erie County Health Department – “Breast Health Awareness and Me: Outreach Education for Young Women of Color” | Western Region
A culturally-focused evidence-based outreach program will promote breast health knowledge while addressing disparity in breast cancer incidence and mortality for women of color and its significance for Black women under age 40.

The Upstate Hospital Foundation – “SHE MATTERS: A Day in the Life Video” | Central Region
Production of a She Matters: A Day in the Life video – an invaluable visual tool to engage a broader urban and rural target audience to 1) reduce breast cancer education barriers to increase annual breast cancer screening and 2) grow community partnerships.

Requests for Small Grant Applications were released in early  April 2020.  As grants are awarded for the 2020-2021 funding cycle, they will be posted here.

How to Apply for a Small Grant

Komen Upstate New York is currently offering Small Grants up to no more than $5,000 to support educational and outreach programs that address breast cancer disparities, conference/travel projects, and capacity building programs.

Small Grant Request for Applications

Applications must be submitted through the Komen Grants e-Management System (GeMS)*. Hard copies will not be accepted. Grants received through GeMS will be reviewed at the following month’s board meeting.  Applicants will be notified of the affiliate’s funding decision generally between 30-45 days of submitted application on GeMS.  Applicants should consider this timeline when submitting a proposal and/or planning a program.


Small Grant applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year, however; all small grant applications are due no later than Friday, February 15, 2021. Requests for support of travel grants, conferences, or other educational events must be received at least six weeks prior to the event.

Funding Categories

Educational/Outreach Grants: To explore new approaches to reduce breast cancer education barriers identified in the Upstate NY service area with priority given to the following counties: Onondaga, Monroe, Seneca, Tioga (NY), and Tioga (PA). Education and outreach projects must lead to a documented breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram; importance of follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Travel Grants: To assist in travel costs that would be incurred by a breast cancer professional to (1) attend meetings, conferences or symposia leading to an increase in the individual’s knowledge about breast cancer that can be used in their daily job responsibilities or (2) to present at meetings, conferences or symposia on evidence-based breast cancer interventions that are aligned with Komen’s mission.

Conference Grants: To support (e.g., logistics; registration fees; presenter fees, etc.) local scientific or educational conferences with presentations/sessions that have an emphasis on the interaction between advocate, public health, health care and scientific communities to address breast cancer disparities to achieve health equity. The presentations/sessions supported by Komen must be focused on breast cancer.

Capacity Building Grants: To support the development of well-defined projects in the Upstate NY service area with priority given to the following counties: Albany, Allegany, Bradford (PA), Cattaraugus, Erie, Franklin, Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Wyoming that help build organizational infrastructure to refine/improve skills, strategies or organizational systems that will lead to a decrease in breast cancer disparities to achieve health equity for all.


Should I apply for a Small Grant or a Community Grant?

  • The Small Grants program has a maximum award of $5,000
  • Small Grants are accepted throughout the year; Community Grants have an annual deadline (generally early winter)
  • Small Grants require only a final report; Community Grants require both an interim and final report
  • Community Grants offer additional points for meeting the Affiliate’s funding priorities under the general heading of breast health and breast cancer; Small Grants do not offer this bonus
  • Small Grants undergo review by staff and board members; Community Grants undergo a review by a panel of community members
  • Community Grants have a project period of April 1 – March 31; Small Grants have a project period of one year from the date of award
  • All grants – regardless of type (Small Grant or Community Grant):
    • Must benefit individuals in our 49 county service area in the areas of breast health education and outreach; breast cancer diagnosis; prevention or treatment; and/or survivorship
    • Must be submitted through the Komen Grants Portal
    • Require approval by the Susan G. Komen Upstate New York Board of Directors


Komen National Research Grants Program, managed at the national level, accepts requests for scientific research funding. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.