Current Small Grants

Thanks to your fundraising efforts, Susan G. Komen Michigan is granting $64,066 in small grants. To view our other breast health programs, click here.

    Casting for Recovery
    Casting for Recovery provides a respite from familiar routines in a beautiful, natural setting where emotional well-being can flourish. The program provides an experience that will lessen isolation, promote problem solving and coping skills through an opportunity to be with others who have had similar experiences. The 2 1/2 day retreat begins Friday with a welcome gathering attended by participants and volunteer staff . On Saturday, the Medical Facilitator leads an open discussion of the medical aspects of breast cancer; participants are then introduced to fly fishing through two casting sessions, a class on entomology, and one on equipment and knots. That evening, the Psychosocial Facilitator gathers with the participants for a time of sharing the overall psychological effects of breast cancer. On Sunday, river helpers from the surrounding area arrive to guide the women in catch and release fishing. Ask for the Casting for Recovery program, 517.202.5139

    Grand Valley State University
    The purpose of this effort will be to equip future health care providers with the knowledge and tools to promote breast health in the region. It will focus on graduate nursing and physician assistant students at the university who will go on to work in clinics, hospitals, and medical offices, serving significant populations of Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, and rural residents. With Komen funding, the GVSU Simulation and Learning Resource Center will purchase three computer-guided MammaCare Clinical Breast Examination Simulator-Trainers. This simulation equipment, supplemented with Susan G. Komen educational materials, will help prepare our nursing and physician assistant students to be the first line of defense for breast health.

    Grass Lake Sanctuary
    Our aim is to transform our community of 300 breast cancer survivor alumni into an active peer-to-peer community network that will provide ongoing support for more than 300 breast cancer survivor alumni in the 7 mid-Michigan Counties and beyond. Our goal is to transform well-intentioned, caring and compassionate alumni into “transformational” peer-support practitioners. In this phase we will train a core “pilot” group of alumni and co-create the future training curriculum.  Long-term, these core pilot group participants will become the next phase community leaders for the network. Our ultimate outcome is to create a community network of peer support leaders that support not only our program alumni but the entire community they are embedded in.  Ultimately, we aim to have a peer-to-peer group or circle in each county run by peers that act as liaison to the hospitals and especially supports the underserved populations like those in rural-areas and those who mistrust the medical system.

    Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, Inc.
    Migrant and Latina farmworkers need competent, language appropriate breast health and breast cancer education. They are less likely to receive adequate health education and services because of barriers such as language, immigration status, poverty, transient work, isolation, and, lack of insurance and transportation. Our project involves an interactive dialogue during Breast Health and Breast Cancer Outreach and Education, which is specifically targeted to this population. Key activities involve individual and group outreach and education on-site, where Migrant women live and work. We will reach out to 700 women and distribute 850 educational pamphlets so that Hispanic/Latina migrant women are more likely to be screened and seek care. This project will further Komen’s mission by educating the most underserved of the Hispanic/Latina community, who may be undocumented, monolingual, and isolated from information about breast cancer and breast health screening resources.


    Our Mid-Michigan office serves the counties of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw.

    Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor Legacy
    Breast cancer survivors along the continuum of care have the need for specialized psychosocial supports in order to address their psychological, emotional, and physical health.  The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor (CSC) proposes the following programs which focus on the maintenance and growth of our existing two -part offering. The proposed will address 1) nutrition and 2) support with the transition to life post treatment in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties. This program will be implemented in strong collaboration with St. Joseph Mercy Health System. CSC will assess program participation, satisfaction and perceived benefit with a variety of set benchmarks and surveys. It is anticipated that the program will be successful in improving physical and psychosocial quality of life for people along the breast cancer continuum of care in both Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.

    YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing
    The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s Turning Point Program targets at-risk breast cancer patients and survivors providing them with physical, social and emotional health and support.  We served last year 210 participants representing four of the seven counties served by the Michigan Affiliate. This grant request is for a Healthy Lifestyles Project which will create 20 nutritional and educational demonstrations along with a Women’s Weekend Retreat. The retreat would include a variety of educational topics in a natural setting designed for breast cancer patients and survivors. These two projects will reach 345 breast cancer survivors with a focus on those who are at risk. The retreat and Healthy Lifestyle demonstrations would result in educating those in our community about the importance of increasing physical activity, nutrition along with stress reduction.

    Our West-Michigan office serves the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, Muskegon and Newaygo.

    Catherine’s Health Center
    Count Me In helps low income women receive breast health education and services. We educate 900 women about  breast health, assist them with free or low cost breast services (Patient Navigation), provide 290 CBE’s and 265 mammograms, help those with abnormal screening  to access follow up in a timely manner (Case Management/Patient Navigation), and provide reminders for annual exams. In the clinic and community, one-on-one and in groups we reach women who may be underserved due to low income, knowledge deficits or ethnic and social barriers. We help women make and keep appointments for free or low cost breast cancer screening and follow up care; providing clinical breast exams, navigation, and case management to help women access care that meets their need and assure appropriate follow-up in a timely manner. We inform women about coverage under the ACA, assisting with eligibility, enrollment and help with financial assistance for services not covered by their health plan.