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Women’s Foundation Grant

Grants to Missouri and Kansas Nonprofits to
Promote Opportunity and Equity for Women

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Foundation / Corporation

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Women’s Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/07/20 5:00 PM CT


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Missouri and Kansas nonprofit organizations for activities that promote opportunity and equity for girls and women of all ages. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects, programs, and activities focused on economic development and civic engagement.

Consideration will be given to programs aimed at changing policies and/or systems in order to promote and protect the rights of women and girls in a long-term sustainable way.  The Women’s Foundation recognizes that there are a variety of strategies for achieving systemic change such as community organizing, leadership and coalition development, and public education.

When submitting their request, organizations should address the following indicators:

  1. Economic Development (e.g. gender pay equity, paid family and medical leave, occupational licensing and entrepreneurship) or
  2. Civic Engagement (e.g. civic board and commission service, community leadership, or sexual harassment prevention) 

The Women’s Foundation intends to use approximately 50% of available grant monies to fund applicants that are proposing innovative service delivery strategies, and the remaining 50% to activities that are evidence-based. 

The Women’s Foundation recognizes that promoting women can also mean promoting families. Although the Foundation's preference is to fund programs that serve women only or a vast majority of women, they understand that there are other strong programs that achieve the Foundation's mission while also serving men. If the program serves more than 10% of men/boys, applicants are requested to acknowledge that in the proposal and address how they believe that service strengthens women and families.

The Foundation does not have a preference for requests to fund startup projects or ongoing project costs. The funding priorities are directly related to achieving outcomes that strongly align with the Foundation's research (available on their website), and creating systemic change for women of all ages.

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GrantWatch ID#: 146700

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

The Women’s Foundation grant cycle will occur each spring, but the Foundation is open to the idea of funding programs for longer or shorter terms, including the possibility of multi-year funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organization must be tax-exempt as defined by the IRS code, section 501(c)(3).

Applicant organization must maintain ongoing operations including staffing and programs within Missouri and/or Kansas. All funded programs/projects must be designed and carried out for the benefit of the target population living in those areas.

Applicant organizations must be in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations related to non-discrimination, wage and hour laws, workplace safety, licensure, protection of confidential health care information, and all other laws and regulations applicable to the staff, clients, consumers, and the workplace of the applicant.

Applicant organizations must have the demonstrated capacity to carry out program work funded by the grant, exercise financial controls, and use generally accepted accounting procedures. The Women’s Foundation may consider the past performance of a former grantee in this analysis. An annual audit performed by an independent CPA is encouraged.

The Foundation will not provide funding for:
- Individuals/scholarships
- Religious organizations for religious/evangelizing activities
- Endowments
- Political parties or candidates
- Programs inconsistent with non-discrimination policies

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are due January 3, 2020 at 5 PM CT.

Full proposals can be submitted February 7, 2020 at 8:00am CT - February 7, 2020 at 5:00pm CT by those invited to submit.

Notifications of awards will be made on May 31, 2020.

Funds will be released half on May 31, 2019 and half on December 31, 2019.

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

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USA: Kansas;   Missouri

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