An Overview of the Komen Central Indiana Grantmaking Process
- Learn from the Community Profile: Continuous
Komen Central Indiana’s granting strategy is guided by the Community Profile. The Community Profile is a needs assessment of the service area designed to help us better understand the state of breast health and breast cancer services within the local community. This assessment determines the mission-related priorities of Komen Central Indiana, and grant making is one of the ways in which Komen Central Indiana addresses these priorities.
- Develop the Request for Applications (RFA): July through August
Komen Central Indiana invests in nonprofit organizations through our community grants program to provide an array of breast health and breast cancer services with an aim to create seamless systems of care for medically underserved women and men living in our central Indiana-service area. Grant applications must address funding priorities and meet the requirements outlined in the RFA.
- Solicit applications: September through November
The RFA is distributed widely to potential applicants throughout our service area. Komen Central Indiana holds a grant-writing workshop in late September to help potential applicants most effectively respond to the RFA.
- Reviewing applications: December through February
Grants are reviewed by Komen Central Indiana staff to ensure each application complies with the granting criteria listed in the RFA. The Grant Chair selects an independent review panel made up of volunteers from the community to read and score the applications. Individuals with knowledge or background in grant writing or reviewing, nonprofit management, finance, medicine, public health or related fields and breast cancer survivors are considered to serve as volunteer members of this group. The panel members review, score, and rank the applications. The review panel then convenes to discuss and consider the applications as a group in order to recommend a grant slate for funding. Komen Central Indiana staff and Board members are NOT involved in the scoring and ranking of applications. Each reviewer receives training so they may better understand the community needs identified in the Community Profile and funding priorities outlined in the RFA.
- Approve and award the grants: March and April
Once the independent review panel has finalized recommendations, the ranked list of applications (slate of grants) is submitted to the Komen Central Indiana Board of Directors for approval at a Board Meeting. The Board has authority only to accept or reject the entire slate, but not to remove individual grants from the slate. If the funding slate is rejected, the entire slate is sent back to the independent review panel to address the concerns of the Board. If the slate is approved, grants are awarded in order of ranking to as many applicants as the amount of available funding allows. Komen Central Indiana is not an endowed foundation, as such all the money that is granted out each year was raised during the previous fiscal year. In March or early April, Komen Central Indiana notifies applicants of funding decisions. Please click here for a current list of funded organizations.
- Manage and monitor the grants: April through the following May
Komen Central Indiana closely monitors grants to guarantee that awarded funds are used as intended and NOT used outside the scope of the approved application, the funding priorities and our promise to save lives and end breast cancer. This monitoring includes three progress reports and one final report, in addition to site visits with each grantee.