Sample Grant Proposal: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Adult Forums: We will conduct quarterly educational forums at Marin General Hospital
and Corte Madera Community Center. Forums will generally be in a lecture format.
Projected topics and invited speakers include:
L. P. (president of the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project) on results of current
breast cancer research on Long Island
S. S. (researcher for Silent Springs Institute) on results of the Newton and Cape Cod
P. R. (head of Environmental Epidemiology and Geographic Information Section,
California Health Department) on new research in California on breast cancer links to
organochlorines and electromagnetic radiation
Dr. M. L. (founder and president of Commonweal and author of Alternative Choices)
on alternative treatment options
Dr. J. G. (author of Preventing Breast Cancer) on ionizing radiation as a cause of
D. M. (breast cancer survivor and grassroots activist) on activism, spirituality and
We estimate attendance of 1000 people over the course of the year.
Evaluation: We will track attendance via sign-in sheet and compare against target
attendance. In a written survey, audience members will comment on usefulness of
content, suggest format changes, and recommend future speakers.
High School Forums: We will conduct quarterly educational forums in Marin high
schools. Some student forums will be conducted by guest speakers for the adult forums.
Others will be conducted by a corps of 5-10 community educators (members of BCAN
who have attended the adult forums and who have a personal experience of cancer). We
estimate reaching 800 students over the course of the year. The forums will operate
cooperatively with an environmental education program in the schools currently
sponsored by the Pacific Environment and Resources Center. We are currently in
discussion with H. C. of the Center to expand content and format to include links
between the environment and health. Students will be taught how to review
environmental records through hands-on experience as part of BCAN research projects.
Evaluation: We will track attendance by head count and compare against target
attendance. Students will be given a short test over content to evaluate effectiveness of
Quarterly Newsletter: With the volunteered time of R. C. (a professional journalist and
BCAN volunteer), we will develop an 8-page quarterly newsletter to keep the community
informed of recent developments in breast cancer research and grassroots organizing.
The mailing list will be based on a 1000 name database including attendees at past adult
forums. Sign-up forms will be made available at Marin General Hospital in the Breast
Health Center and at private clinics throughout Marin County. Circulation is estimated at