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Grants available to help increase breast cancer survival rate

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 27, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace
(502) 564-6786, ext. 4013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2007) - Proposals for grants from the state Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund are now being accepted.

Kentucky nonprofit groups, educational institutions and government agencies offering breast cancer awareness, education, treatment and/or screening programs and services are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded to projects that best demonstrate sustainable, effective efforts to reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer in Kentucky.

Grant applications are available online at the Get Healthy Kentucky Web site,

Successful proposals will be announced in late April. Grants are awarded for a one-year period, but may be renewed in the next grant cycle.

Grants are available in any amount up to a maximum award of $20,000. The number of grants awarded will be based on the quality of proposals and funds available. The trust fund will award grants totaling approximately $45,000 this year.

The trust fund was established in 2005 to support and advance breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness efforts in the state through competitive grant awards to eligible organizations.

A board of directors oversees the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund and the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services staffs the fund.

Funding for grants comes from a state income tax refund check-off and donations made with the purchase of breast cancer awareness specialty license plates.

Kentucky has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the nation, although the incidence of breast cancer in Kentucky is lower than the national average,” said Marla Montell, chairwoman of the trust fund board of directors. “This indicates the need to increase survival rates by promoting regular screening and awareness of diagnostic and treatment options. The trust fund is dedicated to helping support and expand successful efforts to achieve this goal.”

For more information about Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund grants, contact the Governor’s Office of Wellness and Physical Activity at (502) 564-9358 or the Kentucky Cancer Program at (502) 852-6318 or (859) 219-0772.



Last Updated 2/27/2007