Funding Priorities

Up to 75% of the net income from our Affiliate stays in the local community to fund breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment projects. These funding decisions are prioritized by findings from the Community Profile.

Komen North Central Alabama will award community grants to local non-profit organizations that will provide breast health and breast cancer projects between April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Applicants seeking less than $10,000 should refer to the Komen North Central Alabama Small Grants RFA.

Statement of Need

The findings from the 2015 Komen North Central Alabama Community Profile revealed that Calhoun, Coosa, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Perry, Randolph, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Walker, and Winston Counties have the highest needs within our service area.

Click to view the Komen North Central Alabama 2015 Executive Summary

Drawing from the Profile, Komen North Central Alabama has identified the following funding priority areas:

   I.      Improve access to low-cost or free breast screening  programs for all women within every county of the affiliate service area, especially the underserved, under/uninsured, and African American populations.  Priority given to projects that:

1.) Provide low-cost and free mammograms and clinical breast exams for the target populations AND define a path to treatment for those who need it.

2.) Develop innovative solutions for removing the transportation barriers that stand in the way of the target populations’ access to screening locations.

3.) Help leverage funds and build the capacity and scope of the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP).

   II.     Improve breast health awareness and increase screening promotion efforts among African American women throughout the Affiliate service area, with particular attention to Coosa, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, and Perry counties.  Priority given to projects that:

1.) Develop innovative programs—that are culturally sensitive and address low-literacy rates— with the goal of increasing breast health knowledge.

2.) Establish collaborative relationships and partnerships with places of worship to positively impact attitudes on breast health, dispelling myths and false information.

3.) Recruit and train natural community leaders to deliver breast health messages to the community.

4.) Increase awareness of screening programs available to the target population.

5.) Collaborate with other organizations to promote overall health through Wellness programs.

   III.      Increase the availability and awareness of programs and services that address all aspects of the continuum of care (screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up) for all women throughout the Affiliate service area, with particular attention to survivorship and quality of life issues and concerns for breast cancer survivors and their families.  Priority given to projects that:

1.) Educate underserved and low-income women of available support services in their community.

2.) Collaborate with other cancer-related organizations to identify and maximize resources and support programs for survivors and their families.

3.) Develop innovative programs that address all aspects of the continuum of care .

4.) Focus on survivorship and quality of life issues and incorporate survivorship information and resources into all project activities.

   IV.      Increase the Affiliate’s presence in the service area beyond the Greater Birmingham Metro Area (the Affiliate considers the Greater Birmingham Metro Area to be: Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, and St. Clair counties), with particular attention to Coosa, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Perry, Randolph, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Walker, and Winston counties.