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Women Building Community (WBC) Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Locations to Enhance the Quality of Life for Girls and Women

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/23/21 5:00 PM - Deadline for Women Building Community Grants. Unexpected Needs Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve the quality of life for women and girls in eligible locations. Areas of focus include education, community engagement and development, human services, health, and gender equity. Funding may also be used to address unexpected needs or emergencies. Programs must benefit girls and women in Tompkins County.

Women Building Community (WBC) Grants support women and/or girls regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, and socio-economic status.

WBC Unexpected Needs Grants

A grant opportunity to help nonprofits fund unexpected needs or emergencies or to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. Applications may be submitted at any time; awards will be made following the next available Board Meeting.

WBC Grants

Full or partial funding is available for new or ongoing projects. Applications are accepted in September; the deadline will be posted on the website. Applicants will be notified in late November of the Board’s decisions. 

Project Areas Considered for Funding

In addition to addressing needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life for Tompkins County women and/or girls, projects to be funded must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Community Development and Engagement: Activities that increase participation of women and/or girls in developing programs that enhance community life and/or cooperation among neighbors
  • Education, Youth Development, Career Development: Activities that promote or strengthen the education of women and/or girls, both in and out of the classroom
  • Health: Activities that improve the health access and outcomes of women and/or girls
  • Human Services: Activities that support public safety, employment, food and nutrition, housing and shelter, disaster preparedness, and other relief for women and/or girls
  • Gender Equity: Activities that address gender equity issues
  • Administrative/operating costs directly related to a specific project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146220

Estimated Size of Grant:

WBC Unexpected Needs Grants - up to $1,000
WBC Grants - up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

WBC Grants - Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022. If funds are not expended for the stated purpose(s) and within the time period specified, they must be returned to the CFWO.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City Federation of Women’s Organizations (CFWO) welcomes grant applications from nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies serving Tompkins County. Organizations without a 501(c)(3) designation will be required to be sponsored by a nonprofit organization that does have a 501(c)(3) designation.

Project Areas Not Considered for Funding
• Requests for funding to reduce or retire debt of the organization
• Projects operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
• Political parties or campaigns
• Administrative/operating costs not directly related to the proposed project
• Annual appeals and membership contributions
• Endowment campaigns

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4:00. Email the funding source to receive a Zoom link by Sept. 8.

Pre-Application Information:

The CFWO will be accepting applications for the Women Building Community Grants starting Sept.1, 2021 with a deadline of 5 pm, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

You can apply for an Unexpected Needs Grant at any time.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be completed and sent to:

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USA: New York: Tompkins County

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