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 - 2021 Grants Booklet

Dr. Kristen Zarfos, Medical Director, Saint Francis Women’s Center
Saint Francis Comprehensive Women’s Health Center Breast Health Outreach Program.  The purpose of the program is to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and increase breast cancer survival rates among the medically underserved women in Saint Francis’ service area.  The program educates these women about the importance of regular breast self-exams and mammograms in convenient community settings and connects them with screening, diagnostic and related services at Saint Francis’ Comprehensive Women’s Health Centers Comprehensive Breast Health Center.

Linda Hodgkins, MS OTR/L CLT-LANA Lymphedema Clinical Program Manager
Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network/The Hospital of Central CT
Rehabilitation For Breast Health
The program provides education and access to therapy and compression garments for uninsured, underinsured and high-deductible health insurance breast cancer survivors with lymphedema through the Rehabilitation for Breast Health Program.  Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive swelling disease that requires daily use of compression garments that are often not covered by insurance.

New Dates for Submission


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 June 30, 2023.

  2. If you are invited to submit a full grant application, it must be submitted by October 15th, 2023

If you have any questions regarding the CT Breast Health Initiative, Inc. grants, please contact 860.827.7103 or email info@ctbhi.org.

Grants Policy

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

Grant Application Instructions

Educational Grants Policy

Research Grants Policy

Nondiscrimination Certificate