Funding Sources for Comprehensive Cancer Control

  • Tips from the Texas Cancer Control Toolkit

  • Finding the Funds to Fight Cancer - Directory of Funding Sources for Prevention and Control Projects in Texas, 2009

  • Cancer Funding: A Directory of Private Funding Sources for Cancer Prevention and Control Projects, August 2005

  • Sample Funding Solicitation Letter

  • Helpful Web Resources
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    Tips from the Texas Cancer Control Toolkit

    The Texas Cancer Control Toolkit helps your community organize to heighten awareness of cancer issues, save lives and, ultimately, decrease the burden of cancer. Communities can impact cancer incidence and mortality rates by applying a comprehensive approach in a collaborative environment. To maximize the impact of state resources, the Cancer Alliance of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Cancer Council (TCC), which is now the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), collaborated to create this community-level Cancer Control Toolkit.

    Two sections of the Toolkit address securing funding for your cancer control program.


    Finding the Funds to Fight Cancer - Directory of Funding Sources for Prevention and Control Projects in Texas, 2009

    Finding the Funds to Fight Cancer - Directory of Funding Sources for Prevention and Control Projects in Texas, 2009 is provided by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for users who are seeking funds to start, sustain or grow their cancer control projects. The Directory lists over 2,700 funding sources that have given to cancer related programs in the recent past. The Directory was compiled by the Cancer Resource Enhancement Project, funded by CPRIT, at Funding Solutions.

    The Directory includes:

    • Grant Writer’s Toolbox
    • Funding Revenue Streams
    • Texas Foundations
    • Corporate Foundations
    • Government Funding Sources
    • National Foundations
    • General Resources for Cancer Programs
    • Detailed List of Funding Sources


    Sample Funding Solicitation Letter

    The document below is an example of a funding solicitation letter developed using the guidelines provided by the Foundation Center under What should be included in a letter of inquiry/intent? on their Frequently Asked Questions page.

    You may use this letter as a starting point. Please refer to What should be included in a letter of inquiry/intent? at for additional guidance.


    Helpful Web Resources

    The following Web sites contain information that may be helpful in your search for funding for your cancer control project.

    Online Grant Writing Guides

    Many funding agencies publish their own grant guidelines that include everything from requirements for formatting to budget guidelines. Always look to see if the funder that you are working with provides such guidelines for applicants. For help with the task of grant writing, you can also look for some general guides on the Internet such as these:

    Comprehensive Online Resource for Federal Government Grants

    • - provides one-stop electronic shopping to find, apply for and manage grants. It covers 1,000 grant programs offered by federal grant-making agencies and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards to State and local governments, academia and not-for-profit organizations. Key benefits of the site include:
      • A single source for finding grant opportunities
      • A standardized manner of locating and learning more about funding opportunities.
      • A single, secure and reliable source for applying for federal grants online.
      • A simplified grant application process with reduction of paperwork
      • A unified interface for all agencies to announce their grants opportunities.

    Other Online Funding Resources

      Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) - "In order to encourage innovation and impact, CPRIT offers several funding opportunities for promising cancer research and prevention programs. Research awards span the spectrum from basic science to translational research and clinical applications and vary in amount and duration from the relatively modest short-term projects targeting early-stage ideas to the complex, multi-year research programs at laboratories and research facilities throughout the state. CPRIT seeks to encourage the commercialization of cancer detection, drugs and devices that demonstrate significant potential through cancer research commercialization awards. CPRIT also provides several different cancer prevention awards targeting unique projects and new partnerships, especially those employing novel methods to increase the availability of screening services provided and detection of cancer, and ultimately to increase survival rates. All CPRIT funding opportunities are announced through formal Requests for Applications. Some requests seek applications for defined programs and a have a specific deadline for proposals to be submitted to CPRIT. Other requests are continuously open and applications can be submitted at any time. Applications for currently active award mechanisms must be submitted through the online application receipt system."

      Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups and individuals.

      Foundation Center - The Foundation Center was established in 1956 and is currently supported by more than 600 foundations. It connects nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

      Hogg Foundation - Hogg Foundation Regional Foundation Library promotes the highest standards in philanthropy by serving as a bridge between the grantseeking and the grantmaking communities. The Regional Foundation Library serves individuals representing nonprofit programs and services, educational entities, charitable organizations, faith-based programs and services, governmental entities and individuals in need of educational or special project funding.

      Non-profit Resource Center of Texas - The Center is a one-stop resource for board members, staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. From a basic question about grants to a strategic plan for the future -- the Center can help you and your organization by providing information, education and consulting services for the achievement of excellence in the nonprofit and philanthropic community. The Non-Profit Resource Center of Texas publishes a directory of Texas foundations that is available both on-line and in hard copy. There is a fee charged for the publication.

      Office of Minority Health - The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. The Web site includes a section for information on funding announcements and resources.

      Rural Information Center - The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides information and referral services to local, tribal, state and federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. The site includes a list of funding resource links.

      State Grants Team - The Governors Office State Grants Team provides on-line information about funding as well as statewide workshops on grant writing.

      St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities Charities (SLEHC) - SLEHC provides grants to non-profit organizations, which are tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Since 1997 the Charities has given over $87 million in grants to nonprofits focused on community health throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Working with community-based organizations throughout the Diocese, the Charities identifies community health needs and communicates grant opportunities, evaluates funding proposals and distributes funds to community-based nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations according to their needs and SLEHC priorities.

      Texas Library Association - Community Libraries often maintain directories of organizations and agencies that offer funding. Library staff are knowledgeable about where to look for funding information including resources to help with grant writing, resource development and fundraising. You can find your local libraries by searching the Texas Library Association Web site.

    • - The most significant nonprofit portal in Texas, provides data that facilitates connections between the 80,000+ nonprofit organizations with the 4,000+ charitable foundations in the state of Texas, major philanthropic corporations and sharing individuals. Texas Nonprofits publishes information on grant writing, Texas foundations,and funding trends in Texas.