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Geographic Focus

USA: Massachusetts: The greater Boston area is defined as municipalities from Boston out to the I-495 corridor.

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Womenade Boston Grant

Womenade Boston


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #140179

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for programs addressing the needs of local women and girls in eligible areas. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to benefit women and teen girls who are economically disadvantaged, socially at risk, and/or without the mentors or social supports they need to thrive. Womenade Boston supports nonprofits that positively impact the lives of women and teen girls in Greater Boston. (The area is defined as municipalities from Boston out to the I-495 corridor.)

Grant Categories:

1. Organizations that empower teen girls – ages 12-21

Womenade seeks to support organizations and/or programs within organizations that address the needs of girls who are economically disadvantaged, socially at risk, and/or without the mentors or role models they need to thrive. Womenade is interested in supporting those organizations or programs that improve the self-esteem of teen girls and help motivate them to develop the life skills and knowledge-base they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

2. Organizations that empower women - ages 22 and older

Womenade seeks to support organizations and/or programs within organizations that address the needs of adult women who are economically disadvantaged, socially at risk, and/or without the social supports they need to thrive. These women might be veterans, coming out of prison, or may have been subject to exploitation. Womenade is interested in supporting organizations or programs that improve opportunities for these women, including helping them identify and prepare for personal, educational, and job opportunities, building skills, and boosting self-esteem so they can achieve their goals and lead fulfilling, self-sufficient lives.'

Applicants must specify the category (teen girls or women) for which they are seeking funds and propose a program or project commensurate with the size of our grants. Grant applicants must show evidence that their mission is dedicated to and delivered within Greater Boston.

Womenade Boston will provide grants for programs, projects, infrastructure, and organizational capacity building. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Womenade Boston supports nonprofit organizations that positively impact the lives of women and teen girls in Greater Boston. (The area is defined as municipalities from Boston out to the I-495 corridor.)

Priority will be given to programs with annual budgets under $2.0M.

Womenade Boston will not award grants for the following:
- School day programs in public schools
- Debt reduction
- Endowments or memorials
- Bridge funding or interim financing
- Operational deficits
- Partisan, political lobbying or legislative activities
- General fund drives or annual appeals
- Fraternal, sectarian and religious organizations where the grant is intended for the principle benefit of the organization's own adherents or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities
- Private foundations
- Legal expenses incurred in any action by or against the organization
- General construction or renovation (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)
- General capital campaigns (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)
- Fund-raising activities or events
- Advertising
- Sports teams

Pre-Application Information:

The Womenade Boston Evaluation Committee manages the five-month grant process starting in January with Letters of Inquiry, followed by an invitation-only full grant application process and site visits. The Evaluation Committee narrows the pool of applicants to a group of finalists. The finalists make presentations in June to our members, who then cast their votes to award our grants for the year.

Deadlines:
- Friday, January 14, 2022 - Letters of Inquiry Due
- Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - Full Grant Proposal Invitations Issued
- Friday, February 25, 2022 - One Page Proposal Summaries Due
- Friday, March 18, 2022 - Grant Proposals Due by 5:00 PM
- March 23 to April 29, 2022 - Proposal Review and Site Visits
- Friday, May 13, 2022 - Grant Finalists Notified
- Monday, June 13, 2022 - Womenade Boston Grantmaking Meeting

Guidelines: https://www.womenadeboston.org/grant-application-guidelines/
Forms: https://www.womenadeboston.org/grant-forms
Application Process: https://www.womenadeboston.org/application-process

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The goal is to award four grants each year - two in each category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Womenade strives to make grants between $20-25,000.

Contact Information:

Submit questions and LOIs to evaluation@womenadeboston.org.

Womenade Boston
P.O. Box 958
West Springfield, MA 01090-0958
info@womenadeboston.org

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