Susan G. Komen – Great Plains Affiliate

The Komen Great Plains Affiliate funds programs throughout the state that provide breast health education and screening services, as well as supportive services for breast cancer patients and survivors.  To watch a video spotlighting a few of the programs funded in 2013 and the Komen Great Plains mission, click here.

Major grant applications to support programs in Nebraska communities are accepted each December and awarded the following Spring.  Small grants (under $5,000) are awarded on a quarterly grant cycle. Click here to learn more.

Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women takes a multi-pronged approach to fighting breast cancer, providing funding through two community-based initiatives: 1) Breast Cancer Safety Net Program and, 2) Breast Health Outreach Program.

The Safety Net Program supports public, community, and safety net hospitals and health care systems that provide breast care to low-income, at-risk, uninsured and underinsured individuals. The goal of this initiative is to support programs that improve access to quality and timely breast diagnostics and access to treatment for the medically underserved. A demonstrated commitment to providing health care to underserved populations is considered in the review process. The emphasis is to provide patient navigation programs, partial equipment support, and other personnel and infrastructure support.  The Foundation does not pay for the reimbursement of direct costs of care. Applicants may request up to $125,000 total costs per year, for up to two years. Application to the Safety Net Hospital Initiative is a two-stage process. Application deadlines are based on the organization’s geographic location.

Breast Health Outreach Program – The Avon Foundation is currently reviewing its funding procedures and will not be issuing a competitive RFP for 2013 funding. Only currently funded agencies will be eligible for 2013 funding.  A competitive application process will be re-instituted July 1, 2013, to compete for 2014 funds. For more information, please see information posted at or send an inquiry to [email protected] or call 212.244.5368.

Community Health Endowment of Lincoln, Nebraska (CHE)

The goal of CHE is to make Lincoln “the healthiest community in the nation!” The organization seeks projects that reflect excellence, creativity, innovation, and the potential to improve community health. CHE funds organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and that serve Lincoln, Nebraska and the surrounding area. Governmental agencies are also eligible for CHE funding. CHE DOES NOT support individuals through direct financial contributions, projects which do not serve Lincoln, Nebraska and the surrounding area, laboratory or clinical research, debt reduction, organizations which are not tax-exempt, endowments, fund-raising events, or lobbying. For Funding Priorities and information on how and when to apply, visit:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Wellness grants are offered to support programs operated by nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in communities outside of metropolitan Omaha and Lincoln. Programs must meet the following criteria: offer innovative, community-based solutions that produce positive health outcomes and measurable results; show collaboration and partnership among community organizations; include active participation in health and wellness initiatives by community residents; demonstrate preventive and wellness practices that focus on the root causes of specific diseases before the diseases become life-threatening; illustrate increased community awareness of effective health and wellness practices; have defined measurable outcomes; demonstrate sustainability beyond the program grant cycle.  For more application information and deadlines, click here.

Smart and Connected Health Program

The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than disease. For more information, visit

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Launched in 2006, the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Community Grants program supports cancer awareness, education and screening programs in communities across the United States. The Foundation expects the next community grants cycle to be held in the fall of 2014.


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