Funding Priorities

Komen Great Plains funds important breast health programs across Nebraska and South Dakota.

Every year, Komen Great Plains releases a NE and SD Request for Applications (RFA) which announces the availability of funds through our Community Grants program.  The RFA provides guidelines by which to apply, and also highlights Komen Great Plains’ current funding priorities.  These funding priorities are based on the findings in the Affiliate’s Community Profile report.

The Community Profile is a needs assessment completed every few years that helps to identify the largest gaps in breast health services, and the greatest areas of need in the state of Nebraska.

Download the full 2015 Nebraska Community Profile.

Download the 2015 South Dakota Community Profile

The Nebraska funding priorities for the 2017-2018 Community Grants Cycle are::

  • Evidence-based programs that provide free or affordable breast cancer screening services (e.g., clinical breast exams and screening mammograms) to uninsured and underinsured women (ages 40 and older).
  • Evidence-based treatment support programs that assist breast cancer patients in initiating and completing physician recommended treatment (e.g., patient navigation, financial assistance, legal assistance).
  • Evidence-based survivorship support programs that improve breast cancer survivors’ quality of life (e.g., support groups).
  • Evidence-based education programs that provide one-on-one and/or group sessions that directly link women to screening services.

The South Dakota funding priorities for the 2017-2018 Community Grants Cycle are::

  • Programs that use innovative, evidence-based approaches to break down cultural and/or language barriers and result in documented linkages to breast cancer screening, diagnostic, treatment and/or supportive services.
  • Programs that provide evidence-based breast cancer education on the importance of early detection and the availability of financial assistance programs for uninsured women.
  • Programs that foster collaboration between health care providers to preserve and strengthen continuity of breast cancer care and lead to an increased provider understanding of breast self-awareness messages supported by Susan G. Komen and knowledge of various referral processes to better navigate their patients though the continuum of care.
  • Programs which reduce barriers to women seeking screening. Examples include bringing breast health education and/or free or reduced cost screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and under-insured women and programs which shorten the physical distance between women in remote/rural areas and the screening they need across the state.
  • Programs which use innovative or evidence-based approaches to assist or navigate breast cancer patients at any point throughout the continuum of care, from education to screening through survivorship.