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

2015-2016 Grant Request for Application (RFA)

The Request for Application (RFA) is built around the Affiliate’s Statement of Need which conveys the guidelines for the types of programs Komen and the Affiliate are willing to fund. The Statement of Need and RFA are both based on findings from the bi-annual Community Profile. The Statement of Need is included as part of the RFA.

The RFA also sets the rules for applying for Komen Affiliate grants, including deliverables under the grant contract, evaluation criteria, grants structure and budget and other qualifying guidelines that must be met before the proposal is sent to review.

2015-2016 Grant Application Submission Deadline is November 20, 2014.

2015-2016 Grant Year is April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016.

Our grant process is conducted via GEMS only.

Download the GeMs Grantee User Guide.
Click Here to access the Grants eManagement System (GeMS) and apply.

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.

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate has identified these funding priority areas:

  1. Screenings for those who are 250% at or below poverty level, who lack sufficient insurance in our 21 county service area.
  2. Mammograms for those who are 250% at or below poverty level, who lack sufficient insurance in our 21 county service area.
  3. Treatment for those who lack insurance in our 21 county area.
  4. Education about breast health and breast cancer awareness in our 21 county service area.
  5. Support, financial and psychological, for those in our 21 county service area.

Please email our Missions Manager, Lisa Mischke at with questions regarding the grants process.

Applicant Support

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