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Women’s Fund Grants

Grants to Monterey County, California Non-Profits
to Advance Women’s Economic Prosperity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Monterey County

Deadline Date:

03/01/13 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants totaling $75,000 to local California non-profit organizations and public agencies that provide direct services that advance women’s economic prosperity in Monterey County. Successful proposals will address one or more of the following grantmaking priorities focused on economic equity and opportunity for low-income women:

1. Support for women to enter and complete post-secondary education. Funding in this area will focus on providing women access to a continuum of support on their path to pursuing educational and career goals. Of particular interest are programs that help women who have faced significant hurdles in achieving goals (for example, lack of a high-school diploma; children, family or work responsibilities; and transitioning from treatment or incarceration). Comprehensive programs that include life skills and financial literacy support to strengthen women’s self-sufficiency are encouraged. In addition, high priority will be given to proposals to increase subsidized, quality child-care for women students.

2. Business development assistance: For financial literacy and other support services that help women prepare to start and grow a successful micro or small business venture. Emphasis will be given to proposals that fill gaps in existing business assistance and training programs. Inclusion of financial literacy and credit training, use of mentors, and linking female business owners to other resources are favored. Given the critical need for quality child care in Monterey County, the Fund is especially interested in innovative ideas for business development and other supports to family childcare providers.

3. Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Grants (WESS): In addition to the program funding in the two above areas, the Women’s Fund will consider small grants that range from $1,500 to $3,000 to enhance the ability of existing organizations to provide financial assistance to women at critical points of transition to self-sufficiency including when leaving temporary shelter, finishing recovery programs, re-entering school, and so forth. These one-time needs might include car repairs, bus passes, occupational training courses, books, or materials. Funds will supplement existing resources that an organization is already providing to individual women in Monterey County, rather than support for general operations or programmatic costs.

In addition to the priorities described above, the Fund seeks to fund projects that:
- Address key needs of low-income women and girls
- Have a well-developed plan with promise of achieving meaningful impact
- Have a reasonable budget and unmet financial need
- Leverage resources and work collaboratively to widen results
- Include advocacy and/or other social change strategies
- Nurture leadership and empower women and/or girls to act on their own behalf
- Provide opportunities for peer-support and/or mentorship
- Teach self-advocacy skills and how to access other community resources and support

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132277

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$75,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,500 - $35,000

Term of Contract:

Women’s Fund grants typically support activities for a one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- Women’s Fund grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies serving Monterey County residents.
- Organizations and collaboratives that are not legally incorporated may partner with a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization to serve as the Fiscal Sponsor for the grant. The Fiscal Sponsor must agree to be accountable for the programmatic and financial outcomes of the grant and have a signed agreement with the sponsored group verifying the terms of the arrangement.
- All organizations applying for a grant should be current on reporting obligations for past Women’s Fund grants.
- Only one grant application per organization will be considered. Fiscal sponsors may submit more than one application for different sponsored groups and one for their own organization.
- Proposals for women- and/or girl-centered programs only will be accepted.

What grant funds will support:
-Matching funds are encouraged
- Seed funds and start-up costs for new programs or expansion of existing programs to fill a gap or support a new approach. Consideration will be given to operating costs for existing programs where a small amount of funding can make a difference.
- Personnel expenses that relate to specific program goals.
- Equipment, materials, or facilities costs that directly benefit participants or are an identifiable part of project.
- Stipends or child care costs for participating women or girls.
- Trainings or conferences for staff or volunteers.
- For WESS project, grant funding will support direct financial aid to women in transition.

NOT ELIGIBLE:
- Religious activities or services that are non-secular and/or promote a religious doctrine.
- Academic research.
- Funding to schools and public agencies that would supplant tax-supported, mandated services.
- Annual fundraising campaigns or events.
- Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds.
- Payment of debt or legal settlements.
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Meeting for Prospective Grantees:
Friday, January 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Community Foundation for Monterey County - Salinas Office
945 South Main Street, Suite 207, Salinas, CA 93901

Contact Information:

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

Julie Drezner
Phone: 831.375.9712
Email: julied@cfmco.org

Geographic Focus:

USA: California