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About the Komen Minnesota Community Grants Program
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and progression and the resulting economic crisis, Susan G. Komen® recently announced a series of changes to position it for the next era of mission delivery. The move will facilitate a change in Komen’s mission delivery that includes strengthening its current advocacy and investment in research, while focusing on connecting to patients in a more direct, personal way. To support this new direction, Komen will immediately begin a process to centralize all operations, integrating us, Susan G. Komen Minnesota, and the entirety of the independent Komen Affiliate Network into the national organization. This reorganization will enable Komen to leverage the combined expertise of its mission leaders to deliver a united mission program, utilizing technology as a key driver to connect to people where they are who need to access care and to help improve the patient experience; resulting in administrative and operational efficiencies
Komen remains committed to being there for the women and men who need us – however, how this happens will be changing in the future. To strengthen the organization and best position it for the future, Komen will now be supporting this area through the national organization and programing, rather than through us, Susan G. Komen Minnesota, an independent Affiliate.
This also means Komen is evolving mission outreach to meet the current and future needs of our communities. Komen wants to get closer to patients, no matter where they live. People need us now, more than ever. While there may be opportunities for local grants in the future for specific priorities, Komen will not be making grants to local organizations for the foreseeable future. Instead, Komen is shifting all local mission efforts to focus on direct patient support, using technology wherever possible for Komen to provide information, guide people to needed resources, and improve the patient experience in a more centralized, unified and personal way, connecting with people where they live and seek care. Komen will continue to lead a drive to break down barriers and achieve health equity by working with local stakeholders to drive system change.
Our commitment to saving lives by investing in breakthrough research and meeting the most critical needs in communities is unchanged. However, how the organization delivers its mission will change to meet current needs with modern means. The organization will focus on three key mission drivers:
-Innovative breakthrough research, leveraging technology and Big Data to accelerate discoveries to find the cures and save lives.
-Direct patient support, transforming the patient engagement and care experience, breaking down barriers through its Komen national Helpline, a universally accessible Treatment Assistance Program and developing a Komen-certified, technology-driven Patient Navigation program. We will work with key stakeholders in local communities to deliver direct patient services and achieve health equity through partnerships, collaboration and systems change.
-Advocacy, harnessing the power of our grassroots supporters to ensure wide-ranging patient rights to life-saving cancer care and continued investment in transformational research.
While our local community presence will evolve, individuals and corporate partners will continue to have opportunities to show their passion and support through fundraising, whether in person or virtually at events like our Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure® event.
Susan G. Komen Minnesota is committed to ensuring that all individuals have access to breast cancer education, outreach, screening, and treatment support. Especially important in our Community Grants Program is eliminating the barriers that - far too often and in far too many communities - prevent women from gaining access to screening, which in turn results in late-stage breast cancer diagnoses, fewer treatment options and lower survival rates.
To address these needs, Komen Minnesota administers a robust community grants program which in 2019 totaled over $700,000.00 distributed to 12 organizations. Our rigorous grantee selection process assures funded programs uphold the integrity of the Komen name and meet the needs of diverse communities throughout the state of Minnesota.
Applying for Funding
All applications must be completed and submitted online via the new Komen Grants Portal at komen.smartsimple.com. The Komen Grants Portal is a complete online grant management system that will allow grant applicants to complete their applications and grantees to submit their progress and final reports online.
Please continue to visit this website throughout the application period for updated information about the grant process, as well as other resources.
Completed applications for the 2020 grant cycle are due by 11:59 PM CST on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. We encourage those interested in applying to start early and leave plenty of time to complete the process. Final funding announcements will be made at the end of March 2020.
Resources for those applying for a Susan G. Komen Minnesota Grant:
- 2020 Community Grant Request for Applications (RFA) Download Now
- Click Here to Start an Application
- Komen Grants Portal Applicant-Grantee User Guide Click Here
- Komen Grants Portal Applicant Training Click Here
- Komen Minnesota Grant Writing Workshop Click Here
- 2015 Susan G. Komen Minnesota Community Profile Download Now
All requests for science research funding should be directed to the Komen National Award and Research Grant Program at www.komen.org/grants.
If you have questions or need additional information on our Community Grants Program, please contact us at 952-746-1760.
Other Grant Writing Tools & Resources
The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool (PSAT), developed by the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis, allows you to assess a program on several dimensions that increase the likelihood of later sustainability. The tool is quick, user-friendly, and produces a score that groups can use to evaluate their progress over time.
The GW Cancer Center is pleased to announce the release of Implementing the Commission on Cancer Standard 3.1: Patient Navigation Process: A Road Map for Comprehensive Cancer Control Professionals and Cancer Program Administrators. This CDC-funded resource was developed in response to technical assistance requests by comprehensive cancer control stakeholders to help build capacity to meet the Commission on Cancer (CoC) standard for developing a patient navigation process.