(CLOSED) Prevent Cancer Foundation 2021 Community Grants

Sponsor Name: 
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Description of the Award: 

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation® (PCF) is saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection.

We will provide $25,000 one-year grants for organizations that will develop new or implement existing community projects/programs in cancer prevention and early detection in rural or urban areas. Our goal is to provide the resources needed to fund vital community-level activities in cancer prevention (including education or vaccination) or screening. The proposed projects must be aligned with our mission to support community projects or programs across the United States (including tribes and territories) that focus on helping to prevent cancer or find it earlier and that demonstrate a potential to make a positive impact in underserved communities. Awarded projects are selected through a competitive grants cycle. Past awardees can be reviewed at the PCF Community Grants web site.

2021 Focus
We invite applications focused on mandated guidelines-driven cancer screenings (breast, cervical, colorectal or lung), as well as education projects focused on these screenings. Additionally, we invite vaccination applications focused on preventing liver cancer or HPV-related cancers. Applications must focus on underserved communities. We especially encourage applications focused on rural populations and ones serving LGBTQ+ communities.

Examples of eligible projects for the 2021 grants cycle

  • Projects focused on mandated guidelines-driven screening recommendations (breast, cervical, colorectal or lung cancer) issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the American Cancer Society (ACS) or the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  • Cancer education projects focused on raising awareness and/or making referrals for guidelines-driven screenings
  • Vaccination projects for HPV or hepatitis B or testing or education projects (with referrals) for hepatitis B or hepatitis C

Examples of projects NOT eligible for the 2021 grants cycle

  • Projects focused on primary prevention such as tobacco cessation, exercise or diet
  • Projects focused on sun safety behaviors or skin cancer education
  • Screening or education projects focused on cancers without guidelines-mandated screenings such as stomach, ovarian or testicular cancer
  • Projects focused on prostate cancer
  • Projects focused on genetic testing or counseling

Proposals will be reviewed on these proposal elements: provision of vital community-level activities in cancer prevention (including education or vaccination) or screening, community impact, feasibility and support, cultural competency, utilization of evidence-based practices or best practices, measurable objectives and evaluation methods, partnerships and personnel, budget, and sustainability.

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Apr 21, 2021
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_PCF-Community_2021.pdf) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Names and affiliations of other key personnel

2. Project Description (no more than two pages): Include descriptions of the following:

  1. Program

    1. Include in your description the evidence-based practices or best practices you will use to implement community-level activities in cancer prevention (including education or vaccination) or screening.
    2. Describe if and how community members are included in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the proposed project. This inclusion is encouraged.
  2. Target audience

    1. Describe your organization’s commitment to cultural competence and experience in implementing community education or outreach programs.
  3. Goals and objectives (use a bulleted list to name goals/objectives and provide details). Goals should be measurable, feasible and time-bound.
  4. Action steps to achieve each objective

    1. Describe how the project will proceed during the pandemic. What ‘work-arounds’ might be needed to achieve project objectives?
    2. If training of staff is included, demonstrate how quality performance measures will be implemented and maintained.
    3. Screening programs must demonstrate how any necessary follow-up care will be provided.
  5. Materials/Media: if you are developing materials or media pieces, describe their purpose and how they will be used.
  6. Expected outcomes and impact of the project during the grant period for which Foundation funding is requested

3. 1 page bio sketches of key investigators

Formatting Guidelines:
Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

The Office of Foundation Relations is the designated institutional contact responsible for communicating with the Foundation and is collaborating with Limited Submissions on the internal downselect process. For questions concerning the application process and other foundation-related questions, applicants should please contact Jess Kiely, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, (jkiely1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu).

No Applicants