NEWS RELEASE_Susan G. Komen® Upstate New York Opens 2019-2020 Small Grant Program

Awards of up to $5,000 to fund new approaches around local education & outreach, travel, conferences, and capacity building for non-profits working on the front lines in support of early detection and breast cancer programs

Buffalo, NY (July 9, 2019) –  Susan G. Komen® Upstate New York announced today that it has initiated a Small Grants Program to complement its established annual Community Grants funding, which has dedicated over $15.5 million to community partners since 1990.

Eligible nonprofits in the Komen Upstate New York service area can apply for up to $5,000 to support community-based education and outreach projects, and/or capacity building projects as described below. In addition, to improve the quality of breast care programs across the Affiliate’s forty-nine county service area, travel and conference requests for professional development are also encouraged.

“We are thrilled to open this small grant funding opportunity to community partners across our service area,” said Andrea Moran, senior director of communication and community engagement for Komen Upstate New York. “These smaller awards allow organizations to explore innovative, and locally-based approaches to reducing barriers to care. This leads to improved opportunities for early detection and stronger patient-centered support communities; and both lead to lives being saved.”

Capacity building and infrastructure development projects supporting the advancement of new programs or the testing new ideas around breast health programs will also be considered.  Capacity Building should focus on enhancing an organization’s ability to provide services by redesigning processes, implementing new practices, or developing collaborations or partnerships.

Travel and conference requests that will increase direct service provider knowledge about breast cancer, or that place emphasis on the interaction between advocate, public health, health care and scientific communities to address breast cancer disparities to achieve health equity are also encouraged to apply. Travel awards are for up to $2,000.

Applications for Small Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis through February 14, 2020 and proposed programs must focus on breast health.  Funding priority will be given to projects that speak to a critical need for breast cancer education and outreach that addresses disparities and leads to women receiving breast health services as identified by findings from the Komen Upstate New York Community Profile.

Funds used to support the Komen Upstate New York’s annual grants program are raised within the Affiliate throughout the year, most notable at Komen’s signature events which includes our Twin Tiers Race for the Cure and newly introduced More Than Pink Walks held in Buffalo and Syracuse.

To obtain the Request for Applications or more details on Komen’s small grants funding priorities and the application process, please visit

For additional information, contact Denise Trondsen at 607-203-0105 or email