Community Grants

Komen East TN is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in 24 county service area.  Through its 2018-2019 community grants, Komen East TN is investing $264,060 in screening, diagnostic services, and patient assistance here in East Tennessee. These grants were provided to 10 local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area. Since it was founded in 1997, Komen East TN has invested almost $10.3 million in local breast health agencies and organizations.

The funds Komen East TN grants to community programs in our service area have made a positive difference in the lives of those living with this deadly disease.

The remaining 25 percent of net funds were invested in the Susan G. Komen Grants Program managed at the national level. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.

2018-19 Grant Recipients

Since 1997, Komen East TN has granted almost $10.3 million in local breast health and breast cancer projects and contributed over $3.4 million in national research grants.  This year’s local Community Grants include the following programs:

Knoxville Region Grants:

Blount Memorial Foundation for Medical Care

Project: Supporting Survival – Partnering for Prevention, Intervention, Needs & Knowledge (P.I.N.K)
Project P.I.N.K. provides free or low cost screening mammograms and diagnostic services to women who are uninsured/underinsured, medically underserved, or have limited access to healthcare services. The program also provides financial assistance to patients currently receiving breast cancer treatment. Blount Memorial Foundation makes these services available to qualifying patients who reside in any of the 16 counties in the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region.


Celebrate Life Cancer Support Group

Project: Celebrate Life Enriching and Renewing (C.L.E.A.R.)
Project C.L.E.A.R. provides financial support to patients battling breast cancer in all 16 Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region counties.  In addition to direct financial assistance, support is provided to patients through the delivery of snack foods to treatment facilities in Morristown and Sevierville for patients there long hours without meals and through a “Love Closet” containing donated items patients may need during treatment but are unable to afford.  Celebrate Life has monthly support group meetings with guest speakers to encourage and inform survivors and their families.


Compassion in Action

Project: Treatment Support for Breast Cancer Patients to Assist in Eliminating Financial Barriers to Care
Compassion in Action offers financial assistance for those patients currently in treatment. Assistance may include help with food, rent, utilities and gas costs.  Survivors from every county and facility within the service area are eligible.


Dayspring Family Health Center

Project: Dayspring Breast Cancer Screening Program
Dayspring Family Health Center will provide screening mammograms and diagnostic tests to uninsured and under-insured patients in the region. Additionally, patients who need transportation assistance in order to obtain these services can receive a gas card to cover the cost of travel to and from their imaging appointments at nearby Jellico Community Hospital. While any eligible patient living in the Komen East TN – Knoxville Region may receive services at Dayspring through this grant, the majority of their patients reside in Claiborne County, TN.


 Tennessee Department of Health

 Project: Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program (TBCSP)
The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program targets uninsured women in the Knoxville Region service area for breast cancer screening and provides funding for further diagnostic testing when warranted.  Eligibility and clinical breast exams are completed at the county health department or at community health centers that contract with the program and women are referred to area providers for mammograms and diagnostic services.  In addition to screening and diagnostic services, the program provides for patient navigation along the continuum of care, including enrollment into TennCare for treatment if diagnosed with breast cancer.  Community outreach and education is also conducted in all 16 counties in the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region service area.


University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute

Project: Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)
The UT Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Outreach Program is a program focused on improving access and reducing barriers to screening mammograms.  The UT BHOP increases access to care by offering 3D screening mammograms to uninsured women on the UT mobile mammography unit at convenient locations in the Komen East Tennessee – Knoxville Region’s 16-county service area.  A comprehensive navigation program for appropriate diagnostic and follow-up care is utilized through UT Breast Care Service when indicated.  In addition, educational programs are provided in the service area counties.


Tri-Cities Region Grants:

Mountain States Health Alliance

Project: Financial Assistance for Patients in the Breast Cancer Continuum of Care
To assist patients in their cancer journey, our Triumph Cancer Navigator Program is open to all patients (regardless of where they receive treatment), and is a free service designed to guide patients and their families. Triumph Cancer Navigators can help guide patients and their families by serving as their personal contact, answering questions about what to expect throughout their care, coordinating appointments, and coordinating treatments. Funds from this grant are used by the Triumph program to provide financial assistance to patients in need.


Tennessee Department of Health

Project: Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program (TBCSP)
The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program targets uninsured women in the Tri-Cities Region service area for breast cancer screening and provides funding for further diagnostic testing when warranted.  Eligibility and clinical breast exams are completed at the county health department or at community health centers that contract with the program and women are referred to area providers for mammograms and diagnostic services.  In addition to screening and diagnostic services, the program provides for patient navigation along the continuum of care, including enrollment into TennCare for treatment if diagnosed with breast cancer.  Community outreach and education is also conducted in all 8 counties in the Komen East Tennessee – Tri-Cities Region service area.


Wellmont Foundation on behalf of Wellmont Health System

Project Access to Breast Care (Project ABC) on the Move (Mobile Health Coach)
It is the mission of Project Access to Breast Care (ABC) on the Move to increase the accessibility of screening mammograms to women in Northeast TN to include Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties, who otherwise do not qualify for services already available in their community. Wellmont’s Health Coach will be able to provide free mammograms to women in more rural areas who have transportation obstacles and are unable to travel to established centers, thus reducing structural and mobility barriers.