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Women's Fund El Dorado Grants

Grants to California Nonprofits, Churches, and Schools
in Eligible Locations to Address Community Needs

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Women's Fund El Dorado (WFED)

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Deadline Date:

12/04/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 and grants of up to $26,000 to California nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools in eligible locations to address the needs of the local community. Previously funded programs have supported youth at risk, seniors, and low-income and homeless residents. Eligible applicants are located on the western slope of El Dorado County (El Dorado Hills to Silver Fork).

Three types of grants are available:

  • Inspiration Grants: Inspiration Grants do not have a specific focus, thereby inspiring nonprofits to identify and address the community’s most pressing needs. 
  • Acorn Grants: Acorn grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that have not previously received a grant from the WFED. New and established nonprofits are encouraged to apply. 
  • Impact Grants: Impact Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations offering direct impacts on the western slope of El Dorado County. This includes but is not limited to human services, such as those pertaining to mental or physical health, education, youth development, or services to children, families or seniors, arts, community beautification, animal welfare, or community development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 133255

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Two Inspiration Grants, three Acorn Grants, and three Impact Grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Inspiration Grants: Up to $26,000.
- Acorn Grants: Up to $8,000
- Impact Grants: Up to $8,000

Term of Contract:

This grant period runs from June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. All grant monies must be expended by May 31, 2022. If an organization does not anticipate expending all funds by May 31, 2022, they must request an extension in advance or possibly return funds to Women’s Fund El Dorado.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is available to Nonprofit Organizations 501(c)(3), Schools, Churches, and Service Organizations that meet the following criteria:
• Have nonprofit status
• Have a physical location on the western slope of El Dorado County (El Dorado Hills to Silver Fork)
• Provide services to the western slope of El Dorado County

If an organization does not have an established western slope office or nonprofit status, it may collaborate or partner with a qualifying organization. The qualifying nonprofit will serve as the grant applicant. At the time of application, sponsoring agencies must submit a signed acknowledgment of their responsibilities as a fiscal sponsor.

Not Funded:
• Research (medical or otherwise)
• Operating deficits/retirement of existing debt
• For-profit organizations
• Individuals, for any purpose
• Religious organizations unless religious teachings are not a prerequisite to receiving services.
• Scholarships for a named individual, although scholarship funds may receive grants
• Endowments
• Nonprofit organizations not operating within the western slope of El Dorado County
• Political nonprofits

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Virtual Grant Applicant’s Workshop (non-mandatory) was held on Thursday, November 12, 2020. To view the slides of the workshop, see the Supporting Documents field below.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 2, 2020: Request for Proposals are sent by email to all nonprofits on the western slope of El Dorado County.
- Virtual Grant Applicant Workshop will be held November 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon
- Grant proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on December 4, 2020.
- January 14, 2021: Grants Committee meets to set 2021 Ballot.
- January 18, 2021: Notifications to ballot finalist to prepare presentation for February 4 Ballot Showcase. All grant applicants will be notified if your application has been selected for the WFED ballot via email on January 18, 2021.
- February 4, 2021 Ballot Showcase event - ballot finalists will be expected to attend. This may be a virtual event, additional details to follow.
- February 4, 2021: Ballot to all paid WFED members after event.
- March 1, 2021: WFED Grant Voting Closes Today
- March 12, 2021: Notification letters/emails to grant applicants.
- March 19, 2021: Grant recipients announced to WFED membership.
- May 6, 2021: Grants Gala- Details to follow
- June 1, 2021: Grantee Funding meeting; checks are distributed from the El Dorado Community Foundation directly to the grantees

After receiving a grant in a prior year there is no “sit out” from the grant process the following year; however, nonprofits that have been selected and awarded grant funding for two consecutive years will sit out of the WFED grant cycle for one year and will be eligible to reapply the following year.

2020 Grant Recipients:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Please contact the Grants Chair, Deanne Johnson, at if you have any additional questions.

Women's Fund El Dorado
P.O. Box 1388
312 Main Street, Suite 201
Placerville, California 95667

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