YUCCA VALLEY, California — August 1, 2023 — The Keep A Breast Foundation today begins accepting grant applications for its Give Back Grant (GBG) program’s fourth year of supporting BIPOC women living with breast cancer and survivors across the United States.
This is the fourth cycle of the organization’s highly successful program, which was launched in 2020. To date, Keep A Breast (KAB) has awarded 747 grants, totaling $373,500 to the BIPOC women’s survivor community.
“Keep A Breast created the Give Back Grant program to be able to get funds directly into the hands of women who need it without any red tape or lengthy application processes,” said Shaney jo Darden, KAB’s founder. “Financial stress during cancer makes a difficult time that much harder. We hope these grants provide just a little ease and love to this community.”
The Keep A Breast Foundation's Give Back Grant program is made possible through generous donations from Savage x Fenty and Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, and The Hello In There Foundation.
From inception, the program has sought to acknowledge and lessen the health care gap for Black women, who historically have seen higher mortality rates upon breast cancer diagnosis than White women. The funds, which are gifted in the amount of $500 per eligible applicant, are meant to be used in whatever way BIPOC survivors and those currently undergoing breast cancer treatment, see fit. Business investment, health care costs, rent, groceries, travel, a spa day, a scar-covering tattoo, are all exactly how the organization hopes these funds will be used.
“As a seasoned breast cancer advocate & survivor, it's very common to find organizations providing financial support to cancer patients in active treatment,” said Marquita Goodluck, KAB’s Give Back Grant program manager, and a GBG 2022 grant cycle recipient.
“However, as a survivor, it can be more challenging to find organizations like Keep A Breast, which focuses on breast cancer survivors through the Give Back Grant program. Due to the many obstacles I've faced as a survivor, the Give Back Grant not only made me feel seen and uplifted my spirit, but it also acknowledged the struggles of survival and provided a sense of faith that there are people and organizations willing to assist BIPOC survivors.”
The 2023 grant cycle is now open and accepting applications through November 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Anyone who is a BIPOC woman living in the United States, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer or who is a breast cancer survivor is invited to apply through the Keep A Breast site’s program page.
To donate to the Give Back Grant, which gives 100% of every dollar raised for the program directly to the women who need it, please visit our GBG fundraising page. Additionally, you can create your own fundraiser for the program.
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce breast cancer risk and its impact globally through art, education, prevention and action. Since it was founded in 2000, KAB has acknowledged the power and vision of our young population–ready to be engaged and educated, to establish their identities through meaningful action. We strive to empower youth to become their own health advocates and believe that art and creative expression are powerful healing tools. “i love boobies!” an inscription on our popular, Supreme Court-stirring merchandise, continues to spark conversation and prompt action globally.