Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge is accepting grant applications for 2016 projects involving breast health and breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and support services.

To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or local government agency providing services to one or more of the following parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena and Tangipahoa.

To be eligible, applicants must attend the mandatory grant workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, prior to submitting an application.

Registration is required. Reservations can be made by calling the Komen Baton Rouge office at (225) 615-8740 or by emailing mission@komenbatonrouge.org.

In 2015, Komen Baton Rouge awarded $206,374 to agencies that have provided thousands of women and men with lifesaving breast health screenings, patient navigation, public education and survivor support, a news release said.

“The need for breast health services is great in our community, and Komen Baton Rouge is happy to partner with local organizations that are dedicated to our mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer,” said Angela Miller, executive director of Komen Baton Rouge. “Each of our grants benefits women and families in our 10-parish service area.”

In addition to the community grants, Komen has contributed more than $1.1 million over the last 10 years to national breast cancer research to advance both prevention and treatment.

According to a 2015 assessment, Louisiana has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the country. To lessen the burden of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses within the state, the Komen Baton Rouge grant program focuses on increasing access to screening and decreasing barriers to care, the release said.

Through Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure, Dine Out for the Cure, the Perfectly Pink Luncheon and other affiliate and third-party events, Komen fuels the grant program and, since 1996, has invested $3.5 million in local services and $1.1 million in research to find cures.

Grant recipients for 2015, selected by an independent review panel through a competitive application process, include Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Woman’s Hospital and YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge.

For information about Komen Baton Rouge and its grants program visit komenbatonrouge.org.