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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)

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Deadline Date:

09/24/20 6:00 PM - WBC Grants (up to $5,000); WBC Unexpected Needs Grants may be submitted at any time.


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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 enhance the quality of life for girls and women in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs and projects in the areas of education, community engagement and development, human services, health, and gender equity. Funding may also be used to address unexpected needs or emergencies or to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities. Funds must benefit girls and women in Tompkins County.

WBC Unexpected Needs Grants (up to $1,000): A grant opportunity to help nonprofits fund unexpected needs or emergencies or to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. 

WBC Grants (up to $5,000): Full or partial funding is available for new or ongoing projects.

Projects must address needs and opportunities that improve the quality of life for Tompkins County women and girls, and 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: Activities that promote or strengthen the educational attainment of women and/or girls, both in and out of the classroom
  • Health: Activities that improve the health 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

While the overall mission of the CFWO is to improve the lives of both women and girls, individual projects may focus on serving one group and/or the other.

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 (up to $5,000): Projects must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City Federation of Women’s Organizations 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.

Not Funded:
- 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:

Optional Information Meeting, Thursday Sept 3, 4:30 - 5:30. Zoom link will be posted on the website by Aug. 26.

Pre-Application Information:

WBC Unexpected Needs Grants: Applications may be submitted at any time; awards will be made following the next available Board Meeting.

WBC Grants (up to $5,000): Application Deadline Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6 p.m. Applicants will be notified in late November of the Board’s decisions. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Organizations may submit more than one application during each grant cycle.

Organizations are encouraged to seek additional funds from other sources as well.

Contact Information:

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

To apply for WBC Unexpected Needs Grants:

To apply for WBC Grants:

Applications must be completed and sent to:

For questions, please contact the CFWO at the above email address.

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USA: New York: Tompkins County

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