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Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant funding applications available

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The Northern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of more than 125 Affiliates nationwide and internationally dedicated to the promise of a world without breast cancer, announces the availability of breast cancer program grant funds for 2010-11. 

Eligible organizations include nonprofit health care providers, governmental agencies and educational institutions offering community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and/or treatment projects for the medically underserved. 

The Northern Nevada Komen Affiliate offers the opportunity for potential grantees to learn grant-writing skills and about the Komen grants process at a free workshop, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 1, at Saint Mary’s Foundation, 520 W. 6th St., Reno in the second-floor boardroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Grant applications available at http://www.komennorthnv.org. Applications must be received by Jan. 14, 2010, for funding beginning April 1-March 31, 2011. Organizations in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Pershing, Story and Washoe counties and El Dorado, Nevada and Placer counties are eligible to apply for funding to attend the workshop.

“We recently completed a community profile, a comprehensive survey of our region’s breast cancer rates and services, and we’ve found significant gaps in access to care among minorities, as well as higher than expected rates of breast cancer among women under 40,” said Lucy McGuire, Komen Northern Nevada Affiliate president. “We’re anticipating funding grant requests to help address these critical needs.”

Thanks to the great success of the Komen Northern Nevada Race for the Cure and other fundraising projects, the Northern Nevada Affiliate has granted more than $2 million to the local community since 1999. Remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the Komen Award and Research Grant Program which funds breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

For grant inquiries and to register for the grants workshop, call (775) 355-7311.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure:

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement.

Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, Komen has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill the promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer at http://www.komen.org or (877) GO KOMEN. Visit the Northern Nevada Affiliate at http://www.komennorthnv.org or 355-7311.