Our mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through support, education and research. To accomplish this mission, CT BHI plans on funding a diversified portfolio of clinical/translational research with emphasis on programs that have not yet qualified for federal grants targeting breast cancer cause and survival.

Through the support of our signature fundraiser, the CT RACE IN THE PARK, the Annual Howard Belkin Memorial Golf Tournament, other events, individual donations and corporate support, the CT BHI will contribute monies this year to programs that aim to fulfill our mission. This funding is limited and awarded through a competitive process. All grant applications are subjected to rigorous review by a GRANTS PANEL of medical professionals, breast cancer survivors, educators, public health and interested business professionals that is responsible for making recommendations to the CT BHI Board of Directors. The funding period is for 12 months to be awarded in October, breast cancer awareness month.

Download our 2005 - 2020 Grants Booklet

Jeanne Silverwatch, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Saint Francis Comprehensive Breast Health Center Community Outreach/Education Program

This funding will be applied towards the patients’ transportation costs to the Comprehensive Women’s Health Center for mammography and follow-up appointments. 

Linda Hodgkins, MS OTR/L CLT-LANA

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network/The Hospital of Central Connecticut
Rehabilitation/Prevention of Lymphedema

Hartford HealthCare and the Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Institute treats hundreds of patients with breast cancer related lymphedema, a chronic and progressive swelling disease. This condition requires daily use of compression garments that are often not covered by insurance. The cost can be devastating to cancer survivors.  The CT BHI has provided funding to patients in the Hartford HealthCare Lymphedema Program to assist with these out of pocket expenses, including items such as compression arm sleeves, gloves, and bras.  This funding not only supports breast cancer survivors with the financial burden of having lymphedema, but assures patients that they are not alone in dealing with this difficult disease.

Liisa Kuhn, PhD

University of Connecticut Health Center (“UConn Health”), Biomedical Engineering Department Personalized 3D Printed Breast Forms Project

This project will create personalized 3D breast forms for breast cancer patients who have had a mastectomy, but have not had breast reconstruction.  The personalized 3D printed form will replace the standard form which women say are uncomfortable, heavy, sweaty and not an exact match.  The 3D printed breast form is a prosthetic that will not be implanted, but used within a bra or swimsuit to restore symmetry and aesthetics.  This form will be different from others due to recent advances in 3D scanners and 3D bioprinters.  This form will be a porous mesh covered with a breathable fabric that is a match in both the front and back of the women’s shape.


New Dates for Submission

(Due to the COVID Pandemic, we are changing the application process to July 2021)

Applying is a two-step process:

  1. All applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent (executive summary) of no more than two pages by July 1, 2021.

  2. If you are invited to submit a full grant application, it must be submitted by September 1, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. grants, please contact 860.827.7103 or email [email protected].

Grants Policy

For information on our Grants Policy, please refer to the following documents:

Letter of Intent Guidelines

Grant Application Guidelines

Educational Grants Policy

Research Grants Policy

Nondiscrimination Certificate