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Womenade Boston Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Organizations in Eligible
Areas to Benefit Disadvantaged Teens and Women

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Womenade Boston

LOI Date:

01/15/21

Deadline Date:

03/19/21 5:00 PM - Receipt by email

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts organizations in eligible areas for programs that positively impact the lives of economically disadvantaged teen girls and women. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to applying. Funding is intended to support socially at-risk teen girls and women in the area that extends from Boston out to the I-495 corridor. Womenade Boston will provide grants for programs, projects, infrastructure, and organizational capacity building.

Womenade Boston is interested in finding and funding well-designed, effectively managed programs that may have escaped the notice of larger funders and/or are bringing a new solution to the sector. Womenade Boston is particularly interested in organizations or programs within organizations that are piloting new initiatives based on their experience and research around promising practice and have developed new or different interventions.

In 2021, Womenade Boston will make grants in two categories:

  1. Providing support to organizations in the greater Boston area that empower teen girls, ages 12-21: Womenade Boston seeks to support organizations and/or programs that address the needs of girls who might be economically disadvantaged, socially at risk, or without the mentors or role models they need to thrive. They are interested in supporting organizations or programs that work to change the personal outlook for the teen girls they work with by helping them to understand the realm of life-opportunities available to them and then motivating and working with them to develop the skill, knowledge-base, and self-esteem to achieve their goals and live fulfilling lives in their communities.
  2. Providing support to organizations in the greater Boston area that empower women, ages 22 and older: Womenade Boston seeks to support organizations and/or programs that address the needs of adult women who might be economically disadvantaged, socially at risk, or without the social supports they need to thrive. These may include but are not limited to women veterans, women coming out of prison, and women who have been subject to exploitation. Womenade is interested in supporting organizations or programs that work to change the personal outlook for these women by helping them to identify and prepare for personal and job opportunities available to them, and then motivating and working with them to develop the skill, knowledge-base and self-esteem to achieve their goals and live fulfilling, self-sufficient lives in their communities. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140179

Number of Grants:

In 2021, Womenade intends to make at least four grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $20,000 to $25,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be able to show evidence that their mission is focused on serving the "greater Boston area" and that the majority of their service is delivered within this geography, 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:

Timeline:
- Friday, January 15, 2021: Letters of Inquiry due by 5 PM. All submissions will be acknowledged via email within 1 week of submission.
- Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Full grant proposal invitations issued
- Friday, February 26, 2021: Summary proposals due
- Friday, March 19, 2021: Grant proposals due by 5 PM
- March 24 - April 30, 2021: Proposal review and site visits to applicants
- Friday, May 21, 2021: Grant finalists notified
- Monday, June 14, 2021: Meeting of the Womenade Boston membership to vote on grant recipients for 2021

Womenade conducts a two-part evaluation process each year, beginning with Letters of Inquiry from interested organizations, followed by an invitation-only full grant application process and site visit. An Evaluation Committee works to narrow the pool of applicants to a group of finalists who make live presentations to members. The evaluation process spans 6 months, beginning in January of each year, and culminating in the annual voting meeting in June, where giving circle members cast their votes to award grants for the year.

Guidelines: http://www.womenadeboston.org/grant-application-guidelines

Application process: http://www.womenadeboston.org/application-process/

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOIs and completed grant proposals to: evaluation@womenadeboston.org

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

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

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