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Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Grant

Grants to Central Indiana Nonprofits to Improve
Conditions for Underserved Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Women's Fund of Central Indiana

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Deadline Date:

07/12/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to Central Indiana nonprofit organizations serving underserved women and girls in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for programs or operating support to improve conditions and increase opportunities for women and girls, especially in the following areas:

-Breaking negative cycles and moving to economic self-sufficiency (especially regarding poverty and domestic violence)
-Programming for girls that is preventive and has a demonstrated impact.
-Programming that demonstrates an awareness of and/or provision of mental health services for women and girls.

Women’s Fund is interested only in gender-specific efforts, not just programs that happen to serve women and/or girls.

Organizations and proposals must align with the Foundation's priorities:
-Domestic Violence
-Economic Empowerment
-Issues Facing Girls

Women’s Fund will support organizations and programs specifically designed to meet the needs of women and girls which demonstrate:
-Significant Impact
-Fiscal Responsibility
-Outreach to Traditionally Underserved Populations
-Potential for Matching Funds (this is a bonus, not an expectation)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133091

Term of Contract:

Grant periods should not begin before January 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Concept Proposals for operating support will be accepted only from nonprofit organizations whose mission is to serve women and/or girls or from organizations for whom females constitute a significant majority of individuals served.

Organizations that are not a 501(c)(3) may use a fiscal sponsor to apply.

Organizations which received a Women’s Fund grant in 2018 are NOT eligible to apply.

Women’s Fund will NOT consider funding for:
- Organizations not committed to gender equity
- Programs promoting religion, including proselytizing or religious training *
- Fundraising activities (such as golf tournaments or galas)
- Political campaigns
- Individuals
- Organization-sponsored conferences or event sponsorships
- Organizations whose board of directors is composed of less than 50% women at the time of submission, unless the organization can provide a written and board-approved plan to reach at least 50% female board composition within the next 12 months.
-Political campaigns

*Women's Fund believes spirituality is an important component in a woman or girl’s self-development. It has been the Fund's experience that organized religion provides the traction and grounding for spiritual development. However, it is the Fund's policy not to fund programs promoting religion, including proselytizing or religious training. If your organization’s mission statement is religious in nature, you must describe the role that religious mission has in the grant activities for which you are seeking Women’s Fund support.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations wishing to be considered for funding must submit a Concept Proposal through the CICF portal at between March 1st and March 29th at 4:00 pm.

If you are not a 501(c)(3) and plan to use a fiscal sponsor, please contact Julie Koegel (details below) BEFORE submitting a Concept Proposal.

Applicants will be notified by May 24th whether they are invited to submit an Application. Invited Applications can be submitted between June 1st and July 12th at 4:00 pm. All agencies invited to submit an application will be notified of final decisions by the end of 2019.

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

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For questions, contact:

Julie Koegel
Phone: 317.293.7006

For technical or CICF portal questions, contact:
Julie Wright

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Central Indiana (including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties)