Access Grant Program

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is currently awarding Access Grants up to $10,000 each to assist institutions in improving access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, molecular testing or precision medicine for uninsured or underinsured individuals.  Applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded for proposals most closely aligned with the following focus areas:

Focus Areas

  • Programs that improve access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, molecular testing or precision medicine.
  • Programs that provide culturally appropriate programming for uninsured or underinsured individuals, this includes services that are respectful of and responsive to the health beliefs, practices and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients.
  • Programs that engage in collaborations intended to increase access including but not limited to county collaborations, nonprofits, hospitals and community based organizations. 
  • Programs meeting any of the above must have a direct impact on lung cancer patients in North Carolina. 

Important Dates

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis subject to available funds.  We review applications quarterly according to this schedule:

Application Received By

March 2, 2020

June 1, 2020

August 31, 2020

November 30, 2020

Decision Communicated By

March 31, 2020

June 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

December 28, 2020


The following eligibility requirements apply to the Access Grant Program:

  • Project must be specific to lung cancer. 
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Past awardees are eligible to apply, however priority is given to first time applicants.  Past awardees must show how the proposed project builds on or differs from the previously funded grant project and be up to date on all reporting requirements.

Access Grant Funds may NOT be used for the following purposes: 

  • Event sponsorship
  • Salaries and fringe benefits
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical or scientific research
  • Scholarships or fellowships
  • Indirect costs
  • Construction or renovation of facilities
  • Political campaigns or lobbying

Submission Requirements:

The application packet must include the following sections and information:

  • Organizational Profile
  • Project Overview 
  • Project Narrative
  • Key Personnel
  • Attachments
    • Project Budget and Justification
    • Certificate of Liability Insurance 
    • Proof of Non-profit Status 
    • Signed W-9
    • Letters of support from collaborating organizations
    • Evaluation Tool

Review Process

Each application will be reviewed by at least three reviewers and will be considered based on the following selection criteria:

1. Impact: Will the project have a positive impact on increasing access for lung cancer patients? Will the project have a substantial impact on the priority selected? How closely does the project align with the focus areas stated in the RFA? Does the project have a sufficient and documented plan to evaluate its impact? 

2. Feasibility: How likely is it that the objectives and activities will be achieved within the term of the funding? Is the project well planned? Is the budget appropriate and realistic? Does the budget justification explain in detail the reasoning and need for the costs associated with the project? 

3. Capacity: Does the organization, Project Director and his/her team have the expertise and resources to effectively implement all aspects of the project? Is the organization respected and valued by the target population? Is it culturally competent?

4. Collaboration: Does this project enhance collaboration among organizations with similar or complementary goals? Are the roles of the partners appropriate and relevant? Are partner support letters included?

5. Sustainability: Is the project likely to be sustained? Are partnerships likely to be sustained the past project period? Is the impact likely to be long-term?

Post-Award Requirements

  • Inclusion of the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC logo and name on all associated project activities, materials and press.
  • Completion of a 6 month progress report and a final report within 90 days of project end.
  • Presentation at a Lung Cancer Initiative event within one year of project completion.
  • Contributed article about the project and its impact for the Lung Cancer Initiative website.

Download the Application

Email Colleen Christensen with the full application and attachments.

Learn more about the 2019 Access Grants Recipients.

Learn more about the 2018 Access Grants Recipients.

Learn more about the 2017 Access Grants Recipients.

Learn more about the 2016 Access Grants Recipients.


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