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Women's Fund of Mississippi Grants

Grants to Mississippi Non-Profits for
Social Change Advocacy for Women and Girls

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The Women’s Fund of Mississippi

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Grants to Mississippi non-profits that conduct social change advocacy efforts for women’s economic security and/or programs/initiatives that address the Fund's focus areas of: (a) access to evidence-based, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education; (b) access to youth-friendly health services; (c) leadership development and training for young women; (d) job training for low income women; (e) asset development and financial education for low income women. The overall goals of these grants are to increase the economic security of women and girls by preventing teen pregnancies.

For the first two focus areas, an average one-year grant award is between $12,000 and $15,000. The Women’s Fund considers support for advocacy activities, program specific activities, and operating costs. Grants are awarded in December 2012 for work in 2013.

For the third through fifth focus areas, grants may be used for program and/or general operating costs. These grants will not fund advocacy activities. Unlike the other focus areas, these are two year grants and the average grant award ranges from $20,000 to $40,000 (to be spread out over two years). For example: if a grantee is selected to receive $40,000 over two years, the grantee will receive $20,000 in December 2012 and the second grant award of $20,000 in December 2013. Grantees will be required to complete an evaluation that shows progress toward program goals in order to receive the second grant award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129327

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000 (over two years)

Term of Contract:

The funding period will be for up to two years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be non-profit organizations, working primarily in the State of Mississippi, that are federally determined as 501(c)(3) entities as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a).

The Women’s Fund of Mississippi does NOT support the following:
* Individuals and scholarships
* Grants for long-term operational costs
* Religious or evangelical activities
* For-profit organizations
* Organizations outside of the United States
* Organizations with a focus outside of Mississippi
* Organizations lacking a focus on women and girls
* Organizations lacking diversity in their Board and Staff will be less competitive

Pre-Application Information:

Download the WFMS Concept Brief 2012 at: and email it to Jamie at:

Deadline to submit an online Concept Brief: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Applicants with accepted Concept Briefs will receive a Request for Proposal outlining requirements. If the Women’s Fund requests a full proposal from your organization, you will be notified by Thursday, September 27, 2012. Only applicants with approved Concept Briefs will receive a request for proposal.

Deadline for submitting full proposal: Friday, October 26, 2012.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Carol B. Penick
Executive Director
Phone: 601-326-0700

Jamie H. Bardwell
Director of Programs
Phone: 601-326-0701

Kathy B. Purser
Program Assistant
Phone: 601-326-3001

Fax Number

Street Address
Women’s Fund of Mississippi
120 North Congress Street,
Suite 903
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi