Funding Priorities

Susan G. Komen® Puget Sound is dedicated to combating breast cancer on every front. Up to 70 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local organizations that provide mammogram screenings, breast health education, outreach and treatment support for underserved women. At least 30 percent of net income supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds global breast cancer research to find the cures.

Locally, Komen Puget Sound offers grants to non-profit organizations that provide or are interested in integrating evidenced-informed, culturally sensitive programs, which increase access to breast health services across the continuum of care (including breast health education and breast health cancer screening, treatment and support programs), for medically underserved individuals1 in the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate’s sixteen county service area.2

Specifically, we focus on (1) Early Detection, Education and Outreach; (2) Patient Navigation; and (3) Patient Assistance and Treatment Support.

Additionally, based upon the disparities identified by our Community Profile Report (Strengthening Partnerships for Community Impact ), we aim to increase our funding to the following areas of need:

Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA – King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties)

Projects that will increase access to breast health care services through education and awareness raising, screening, patient navigation and patient assistance across the continuum of care for low-income, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinos, American Indian/Alaska Native and Pacific Islander women (both native-born and immigrant), and projects that target rural/isolated areas.

Grays Harbor County

Projects that will increase access to health care services through breast cancer education and awareness, screening, patient navigation and patient assistance services across the continuum of care for low-income, rural, Hispanic (both native born and immigrant) and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Key Populations

Projects that focus on underserved racial and ethnic, rural and sexual minority women and transgender/gender nonconforming individuals in communities that are within the target geographies (Grays Harbor, Greater Metropolitan Area) or those within the greater KPS service area.3

Affordable Care Act

Projects that incorporate the target populations outlined above and prioritize assistance to Apple Health and Exchange clients, as well as BCCHP individuals in order to improve insurance and BCCHP coverage and, in turn, access to health care services.

Learn more about our grant-making process.

Local Funding Priorities Determined by Community Needs Assessment

Komen Puget Sound conducts a needs assessment, also referred to as a Community Profile Report to guide our priorities and work more effectively within the in the Affiliate’s 16-county service area*. Breast cancer and demographic statistics, breast health services and community perspectives are examined to identify disparities, gaps in services and barriers to care that prevent women from detecting breast cancer early, and then seeking and completing treatment. Komen Puget Sound uses the needs assessment to make informed decisions on how the Affiliate can use its resources to make the greatest impact on breast cancer in the area through the awarding of local grants for education, screening, health system navigation and treatment programs. Funding for local grants is then aligned with the most significant needs in the community.

Every four years, the needs assessment is revised to reflect changes in the community, allowing the Affiliate to identify any gaps in the provision of health care across Puget Sound and to work toward filling them. Analysis of Komen Puget Sound’s service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of our partners, as well as those we are hoping to serve. The completed product is an assessment of the State of Breast Health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.


Including, but not limited to, low-income and uninsured or underinsured, rural, Latina/Hispanic, Pacific Islander, African American/Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, sexual minority women and transgender/gender nonconforming individuals (both native-born and immigrant)
Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties
Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties