How to Apply for Funding

The promise of Susan G. Komen® is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. The Affiliate funds non-duplicative, community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment projects for the medically underserved in the Mid-South. In addition to funding local outreach projects, Susan G. Komen® runs one of the most innovative, responsive grant programs in breast cancer today.

All requests for science research funding should be directed to the National Susan G. Komen® Grants Program. More information on research funding is available at


2020 Community Grant Applications Are Now Open

Effective with the 2020 Grant Year, the Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi Community Grant process is conducted via the online SmartSimple program, which replaces the GeMS program.

Important Dates:

Application due date for West TN, Memphis Metro, and North MS applications 12-10-2019
Application due date for Central and South Mississippi applications 12-13-2019
Award Notification March 2020
Performance Period April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021


Click to access the Komen Grants Portal SmartSimple and create log-in credentials at

The RFAs are visible after login.

Applicant training is available to applicants by clicking the Help section of the Komen Grants Portal.  It can be accessed after an applicant receives login credentials.

The Applicant User Guide is also found here


To be eligible to apply for a Komen Community-Based Grant, your organization must be:

  • A federally tax-exempt entity — nonprofit organization, government agency, educational institution or Indian tribe.
  • Located in the specified affiliate service area.
  • Provide breast health or breast cancer screening, treatment, education or outreach.


Applicant Support

For applicants in West Tennessee, Memphis Metro area, or North Mississippi:

Please email Lisa Mischke at with any questions

For applicants in Central Mississippi or South Mississippi:

Please email Catharine Young at with any questions