Want to collaborate to reduce the burden of cancer?
The Iowa Cancer Consortium periodically offers funding and partnership opportunities to support the goals and strategies outlined within the Iowa Cancer Plan.
Annually, the Iowa Cancer Consortium Board of Directors call for projects in support of the Iowa Cancer Plan. The Invitation for Proposals (IFP) process is typically released in early-spring and intends to fund as many collaborative projects which address identified gaps in Iowa’s cancer control efforts as possible. Applicants may typically apply for up to $25,000 annually. However, it is important to note that the Iowa Cancer Consortium receives funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health to award and manage community grants. The amount of funding awarded to grantees from year to year is subject to change. To receive notification about these opportunities, join our email list here.
The Iowa Cancer Consortium (including staff, members, and partners) contains cancer prevention and control experts from within and outside Iowa. And all of them are seeking to connect with new and sometimes unlikely partners who want to make bigger impacts with their work and resources. Community members are encouraged to contact the Iowa Cancer Consortium staff to discuss their project ideas and get connected to other members across the state who might be interested in similar initiatives. Contact us at [email protected].
Currently funded projects (2022-2023)
Above + Beyond Cancer Hotel Partnership Program
Above + Beyond Cancer’s Hotel Partnership Program works with partnering hotels to provide complimentary and discounted rooms to cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel for cancer treatment and medical appointments. Currently operating in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Rochester, MN, this year’s funding will allow the Hotel Partnership Program to expand services in Iowa City as well as offer services in Mason City and the north central region of Iowa.
Crescent Community Health Center Community Health Program to Advance Cancer Prevention and Care for Black/African Americans
Crescent Community Health Center’s project launches a community health program, including a new Community Health Worker (CHW) position, to advance cancer prevention and treatment efforts for Black/African Americans living in Eastern Iowa. By building relationships in the community, the CHW will increase access to health information, quality healthcare, and services to address cancer needs. The program will help facilitate the achievement of positive health outcomes for this population who can face challenges, such as socioeconomic and environmental inequities; institutional and structural racism; and elevated cancer risk/rates.
UnityPoint Health-Trinity & Gilda’s Club Building on the Success of Colorectal Cancer Screening Outreach for High Risk Underserved Communities
Trinity, in collaboration with Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities and other community partners, provides education and at-home screening tests (FIT kits) for colorectal cancer to the uninsured, under-insured, and underserved Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities in Scott, Louisa, and Muscatine counties. Follow-up is done to ensure tests are completed and returned, and support is given to those who receive a positive result.
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