Komen Colorado accepts letters of intent to apply for funding in support of breast health or breast cancer projects that promote access to and utilization of services provided in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.

Komen Colorado requires interested applicants to submit a letter of intent first to indicate interest in Komen Colorado funding. If Komen Colorado finds the request appropriate and within the scope of our funding priorities, the organization will be invited to submit a full application.

Komen Colorado awards grants to align with the organization’s fiscal year. Projects must be implemented April 1 through March 31 of the following year.

General timeline from letter of intent submission through program start:

Early September:
Early January:
April 1:
Letter of Intent distributed
Letter of Intent deadline
Organizations notified if invited to submit full application
Full applications due
Grant Review Panel reviews applications
Grant list finalized and organizations notified of final funding decision
Program implementation starts

If awarded funding, organizations will be asked to submit reports at 6-months, 9-months, and at the project’s completions. Organizations are also asked to host a site visit at the midpoint.

Visit the Grantmaking Process section for more details.

Current Grant Cycle

The next funding cycle is April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019. Letters of intent to apply were due on October 20, 2017. Join the notification list for future funding opportunities.

Current Funding Priorities

For the current funding cycle, Komen Colorado identified the following priorities that organizations will be helping to address through their breast cancer programs.

Priority 1: Removing cost or other barriers that prevent Colorado women and men from entering or proceeding through the breast cancer clinical continuum of care.

Projects should be designed to support the Affiliate’s long-term goal of reducing population-based disparities in breast cancer outcomes by increasing adherence to screening mammography guidelines based on individual risk to reduce the proportion of cancers diagnosed at a late stage and reduce breast cancer mortality. Eligible applicants will provide direct clinical services, including breast cancer screenings, diagnostics, or if a patient is diagnosed with the disease, diagnostics and staging, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, patient navigation and complementary therapies. Health clinics that do not provide imaging services are eligible to apply if they demonstrate capacity to connect patients to clinical providers where screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures can be completed.

Preferred projects will demonstrate capacity to ensure completion of:

  • screening and medically necessary diagnostic procedures for individuals living in mountain/resort communities in Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Park, Pitkin and Summit counties
  • screening, medically necessary diagnostic procedures, and treatment for individuals living in Colorado Health Statistics Region 1 (Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington & Yuma counties)
  • screening, diagnostic procedures, and treatment for medically underserved, uninsured, underinsured, linguistically isolated and/or foreign-born women living in urban Front Range and Northern Colorado communities, including the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Larimer and Weld

Desired outcomes of funded projects:

  • Breast cancer screenings completed based on individual risk
  • At least 45% of people completing breast cancer screenings will not have been screened in at least 2 years
  • Receive definitive diagnostic determination within 60 days of abnormal screening result
  • Removal of identified barriers to receive treatment to promote adherence to medically recommended treatment plan appropriate for diagnosis
  • Receipt of survivorship care plan if treatment completed during grant term

Priority 2: Culturally competent programs that identify and educate medically underserved women and facilitate connecting them to clinical care, with an emphasis on reaching women who have not had a mammogram in at least 2 years.

The Affiliate is seeking proposals for projects utilizing evidence-based best or promising practices to provide culturally responsive breast health education and health literacy about Colorado’s health care system to diverse populations. Projects must focus on mitigating barriers to screening and follow-up in the event of abnormal screening results. Projects should be designed to support the Affiliate’s long-term goal to change individuals’ knowledge of and decision-making about breast cancer risk, screening recommendations, and screening behaviors.

Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. 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).

Preference given to projects that:

  1. provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education about:
    • breast cancer risk;
    • breast cancer screening guidelines based on individual risk;
    • availability and utilization of health insurance and free/reduced-cost breast cancer screening and diagnostic programs;
    • role of preventive care in detecting breast cancer early; and
    • how to complete screenings and medically recommended diagnostic procedures.
  2. work with clients to actively identify barriers to completing clinical services and collaborate to identify solutions; and
  3. track:
    • mammogram completion
    • percent of completed mammograms among women who have not had a mammogram in at least 2 years, and
    • change in clients’ knowledge and behaviors about key concepts listed above.

Priority populations include:

  • Black/African American women in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Larimer counties;
  • Low-income Hispanic/Latina women in Adams, Denver, Eagle, Garfield, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties

Projects serving other communities experiencing breast cancer disparities also will be considered with justification provided by the applicant, including those targeting Asian/Pacific Islander women in Broomfield County.

Desired outcomes of associated projects:

  1. Completed mammograms
  2. At least 45% of people completing mammograms will not have been screened in at least 2 years
  3. Individuals connect to primary care provider if patients/clients do not have current primary care provider
  4. Increased understanding of breast cancer risk factors and screening guidelines
  5. Increased understanding how to obtain & utilize health insurance
  6. Increased understanding of insurance coverage for preventive breast cancer screening, including genetic testing/counseling
  7. Identify & mitigate barriers to completing mammograms

Optional Information Webinars

Organizations interested in requesting funds are strongly recommended to download the informational webinar; access the recording and slides here.

For those invited to apply, grant writing support requests were due by December 11, 2017. There was also a GeMS applicant webinar available to organizations invited to apply.

Resources for Applicants

Below is a collection of templates, sample documents, references, and more that Komen Colorado has found useful to grant recipients and applicants in the past.

Susan G. Komen Colorado 2015 Community Profile

Sample Data Tracking Documents

  • Sample plan for treatment and rate agreement for collaborating providers (Word document)
  • Expense tracking for screening and diagnostic procedures, by patient (Sample 1, Excel document)
  • Expense tracking for screening and diagnostic procedures, by patient (Sample 2, Excel document)
  • Patient Story Collection Form

Ancillary Grant Resources

  • Definition of “In Good Standing” for current and former grant recipients
  • Glossary of terms and definitions
  • Sample Memorandum of Understanding between providers regarding rates for Komen-eligible patients
  • Education materials

Miscellaneous Resources