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Grants to Massachusetts Non-Profits to Advance Social Change for Local Women and Girls

Women's Fund Grants

Women's Fund of Southeast Massachusetts


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #138860

Grant Description

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Grants generally ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Massachusetts non-profit organizations that are working to advance social change for women and girls in Bristol and Plymouth Counties. These grants are intended to support programs and capacity building projects that promote leadership skills and advocacy experiences that lead girls to positive choices, higher education, and career paths where they can succeed and thrive.

The Women’s Fund is primarily interested in supporting neighborhood-based efforts that affect social change and provide services to low-income and underserved girls.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The Fund makes grants only to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund does not make grants to individuals or for projects that are sectarian in nature.

- Grant applications that seek to impact policies or systems are preferred for activities that involve, are led by, or are designed by girls.

- Grant applications must be for work located within Bristol or Plymouth Counties.

Funding Eligibility:
Funds are to be used to carry out the program effort or initiative as defined in the grant proposal. The Women’s Fund considers support for program and operating costs and supports new and innovative, as well as established programs.

Funds may not be used for:
* political campaigns or promotion of candidates for public office,
* programs that promote religious activities and/or beliefs,
* advancement of capital or endowment campaigns,
* scholarships that fund individual students,
* programs that do not provide a respectful atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, and trans-gendered people or,
* co-educational programs that do not clearly communicate the specific and unique aspects for girls.

Pre-Application Information:

The application process is accomplished in two steps:
* A brief Letter of Inquiry is used to screen requests. Click here for the complete LOI guidelines and instructions: http://womensfundsema.org/wordpress/?page_id=207.
* If the request meets with approval, a full Grant Application can then be submitted. The Women’s Fund will notify those organizations that are invited to submit a full Grant Application. Full Grant Applications are to be submitted via email to: grants@womensfundsema.org.

2014 Timeline:
* Letter of Inquiry – January 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
* Grant Application – February 17, 2014
* Grantees notified - Early April 2014

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be made in amounts not to exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will typically be awarded for one year. However the Fund is interested in multi-year projects that can demonstrate impact.

Contact Information:

63 Union Street
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740

(508) 717-0283
info@womensfundsema.org

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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


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