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

Important Dates:

RFAs available September 18, 2017
Applications Due December 6, 2017 by 4 pm
Notification of awards March, 2018
Grant year April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

The 2018 grant period is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.


Our community grant process is conducted via the online Grants eManagement System (GeMS) only.

Download the GeMS Applicant User Guide.
Click Here to access the Grants eManagement System (GeMS)


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

Questions about Community Grants and the Grants e-Management System should be directed to:
Lisa Mischke
Missions Manager