Funding Priorities

Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey uses the 2015 Community Profile to guide how we can best use our resources to fill the identified gaps and improve our communities’ breast health. The report identifies specific priorities* that the Affiliate adopts to provide the framework for annual operating goals and mission activities, including our community grants program.

Drawing from the Community Profile, Komen Central and South Jersey has identified the following funding priorities:

*Specific funding priorities include mission priorities and key Affiliate priorities. Programs must address a minimum of one mission priority outlined below to be considered for funding. Programs that also address one or more key Affiliate priorities (found in the Affiliate’s 2019-20 Request for Applications (RFA), and provide sufficient evidence of doing so throughout the application, will be awarded additional weight when calculating scores during the grant review process.

Mission Priority: Patient Navigation

Projects must provide evidence-based patient navigation to breast cancer patients in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem and Somerset Counties.

Patient navigation is a process by which a trained individual- patient navigator- guides patients through and around barriers in the complex breast cancer care system. The primary focus of a patient navigator is on the individual patient, with responsibilities centered on coordinating and improving access to timely diagnostic and treatment services tailored to individual needs. Patient navigators offer interventions that may vary from patient to patient along the continuum of care and include a combination of informational, emotional, and practical support (i.e., breast cancer education, counseling, care coordination, health system navigation, and access to transportation, language services and financial resources).

Patient navigation must follow the individual from abnormal screening to diagnostic resolution and through treatment, if necessary.

Mission Priority: Reducing Barriers to Care

Projects must reduce barriers to quality breast cancer care, using evidence-based practices, that are experienced by uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem and Somerset Counties. “Underinsured is defined as having some insurance coverage but not enough, or when one is insured yet unable to afford the out-of-pocket responsibilities not covered by his or her insurer” (Patient Advocate Foundation,

The Affiliate seeks to fund projects that provide breast cancer education, no cost or low-cost screening and/or diagnostic services, mobile mammography, patient navigation, assistance with out-of-pocket costs (including co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, premiums and childcare assistance), transportation and interpreter services.

Mission Priority: Breast Cancer Education

Projects must provide evidence-based and culturally relevant breast cancer education in one-on-one and group settings. Projects must be designed to result in documented age-appropriate, breast cancer action (e.g., getting a screening mammogram, obtaining recommended follow-up after an abnormal mammogram).

Breast cancer education projects must include Komen’s breast self-awareness messages and provide evidence of linkage to local breast cancer services. Health fairs and mass media campaigns are not evidence-based interventions and will not be accepted.

Examples of successful projects include those that:

  • Increase breast cancer action due to increased knowledge;
  • Increase the number of “never screened” women getting breast cancer screening;
  • Reduce the number of women “lost to follow‐up;”
  • Reduce time from abnormal screening to diagnostic procedures;
  • Reduce time from diagnostic resolution to treatment;
  • Increase treatment compliance.

Additional information about Komen Central and South Jersey’s funding priorities and requirements can be found in the Affiliate’s 2019-2020 Request for Applications.