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Help your clients with grant money from the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio ...

Our goal is to make the process of applying for a grant from the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio (BCFOhio) as simple as possible. We want to insure that these public funds are used wisely, that the funds reach the people in need, and that they serve patients in every part of the state of Ohio.
 To apply for a grant, please follow these steps:
 1.     Determine if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant:
         a.     Is a designated 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization by the IRS
         b.     Filed a Form 990 (short or long form) in the past year
         c.     Is physically located and incorporated in, and serving breast cancer patients in the
                 state of Ohio
         d.     Has an office and staff of at least one individual
         e.     Participates in ongoing education programs related to cancer treatment and support
         f.      Has a written non-discrimination policy
         g.      Follows practice guidelines based on evidence-based medicine
 2.     Determine if you have a program that seeks to improve access to timely treatment and
         follow-up care for breast cancer patients (organizations do not have to be limited to
         these activities):
         a.     Provide temporary financial assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment who
                 live in the counties for which you request funding
         b.     Provide education and application assistance to breast cancer patients regarding
                 availability of existing services
         c.     Evaluate requests for emergency assistance at least on a monthly basis
 3.     Determine if your program for temporary financial assistance covers these services and
         provides monitoring to ensure patients complete treatment and receive follow-up care:
         a.     transportation to and from treatments
         b.     temporary support of living expenses such as housing, utilities, and food
         c.     child care during diagnostic and treatment procedures
         d.     job training
         e.     mental health services not covered by a third party
         f.      assistance with treatment costs, prescriptions, and co-pays not covered by a third party
         g.     costs of participation in clinical trials that are not covered by a third party
 4.    If your program meets these criteria, submit a written Grant Request to BCFOhio requesting funds
        you project will be needed during the stated grant period. We will evaluate it to ensure your
        program matches the guidelines for submission of a grant application.
         a.     Applications will be approved at a meeting of the BCFOhio Board of Directors. Funds will be
                 released in two payments - at the beginning of February and July. Before monies will be
                 released, the the grantee must sign a release of funds contract guaranteeing that the funds
                 will be used as specified in the grant application.
         b.     When you apply for funds for specific counties, you agree to help patients undergoing
                 breast cancer treatment currently living in the counties you receive funding for,
                 regardless of where those patients are being treated (for example, if you are a health
                 provider, you cannot deny a breast cancer patient emergency funds because that patient is
                 not being treated at your facility).
         c.     Financial assistance is limited to expenses listed above. Requests for assistance with
                 expenses other than those listed above should ill be submitted to the BCFOhio Board of
                 Directors for consideration.
Evaluation Process: To insure stewardship of BCFOhio funds, those receiving grant monies will be evaluated as to whether:
 1.     patient requests for emergency funding were evaluated and responded to at least once a month
 2.     all options for reimbursement of these expenses or eligibility for existing programs were
         explored and exhausted prior to use of BCFOhio funds
 3.     financial counseling was provided to clients who receive the benefits of this funding, including
         providing them them with information about financial counseling websites such as
 4.     funds were used for only the purposes defined above and reports have been filed to show results
Reporting: Grantees must submit a final report at the end of the grant period, which is December 31st of the same year. Report forms will be provided with the release of funds contract.
The following demographics of breast cancer patients receiving funds from BCFOhio monies will be requested in the final report. Inability to provide these demographics will result in suspension of funding until they have been received. We recommend adding these to your Request for Emergency Funds Application Form for easier reporting. Be sure to indicate that these questions are asked solely for statistical purposes and do not affect the patients’ chances of receiving funds. All answers will remain confidential and will be reported only in aggregate data.
         # of patients per county
         # of insured vs uninsured clients
         # of patients employed, unemployed before diagnosis, unemployed after diagnosis
         # of males vs females
         # of patients in age ranges (0-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60 and over)
         # of patients in income ranges (poverty, low income, mid income, high income -
            as determined by patient)
         # of patients in ethnicity categories (White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Multi-Racial, Other -
            as determined by patient)
Grantees must help promote sales of Ohio’s Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate in their area; this will include, but not be limited to, a link to www.BCFOhio.org on their website and literature as well as distribution of Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate materials at special events. Evidence of promotions will be required in the grant report.
If you have questions about grants, please contact Executive Director Joy Lewis at joy@bcfohio.org or 216.233.0777


2023 Grant Applications Now Available

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

If your organization provides critical supportive services to men and women undergoing breast cancer treatment, you are invited to submit a grant application.

The 2023 grant period is January through December 2023,

2023 grantees are required to submit a grant report by December 31, 2023.

Grantees must help promote sales of Ohio’s Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate in their area; this will include, but not be limited to, a link to www.BCFOhio.org on their website and literature as well as distribution of Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate materials at special events. Evidence of promotions will be required in the grant report.

For more information, contact Joy Lewis at joy@bcfohio.org.

Grant Guidelines

Grant Application

Grant Report

Grants for Individuals

There are times when a client of a nonprofit organization is in financial crisis and needs emergency funds for food, housing, utilities, co-pays, etc., and monies are no longer available from the nonprofit's emergency support fund. BCFOhio can grant up to $1,000 for that purpose.

To complete the application for an individual grant, click here.

If the application is approved by the Board of Directors, the funds will be released to the provider so that they can be distributed to the patient.

The check will be sent to the attention of the nurse/social worker completing the application and made out to their organization so that they can ensure that the funds are distributed to the client.

Successful applicants are expected to complete a full grant application for the next funding year.



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BCFOhio is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN: 20-2269622
PO Box 31238, Independence, OH 44131

Patient Navigation, Community Outreach, & Grants Administration:
Joy Lewis, Executive Director | 216-233-0777 | Fax 216-901-1601 | joy@bcfohio.org