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Women's Fund of Central New York (WFCNY) Grants

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Women's Fund of Central New York (WFCNY)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities in eligible counties to address the issues and needs of local women and girls. The purpose of this program is to make a positive impact on the lives of female residents. Eligible organizations provide services in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, and/or Oswego counties.

The Leadership Council looks for innovative programs that address problems to be solved, or opportunities to be seized, for the benefit of women and girls. Priority is given to capacity-building activities and new projects within an organization rather than ongoing projects/programs. The Fund invites proposals that:

  • Suggest practical approaches to community problems.
  • Promote cooperation among agencies without duplicating services.
  • Generate community support, both professional and volunteer.
  • Strengthen an agency’s effectiveness or stability.
  • Address prevention as well as remediation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests should not exceed $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, publicly supported organizations such as schools and municipalities, and organizations using a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
- Organizations serving residents of Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison or Oswego counties
- Organizations that have completed any projects/programs previously funded by the Women’s Fund
- Preference will be given to organizations with annual operating budgets of $5M or less.

If your organization is not recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, municipality or school district, you may identify a qualified sponsor to act as your organization’s fiscal agent. The fiscal agent must be a legitimate 501(c)(3) organization [or publicly supported organization, e.g., municipality/school district]. One copy of the sponsoring organization’s IRS Letter of Determination showing 501(c)(3) [or equivalent] status must be uploaded with your proposal, along with one copy of the sponsor’s most recent annual financial statements (audited if available), and a current board list. The sponsoring organization must also provide a letter of support, indicating their willingness to oversee the grant finances. If a grant is approved, payment will be made to your organization through your fiscal agent.

Not Supported:
- Recurring grants to a program previously supported.
- Annual operating budgets, except when it is “seed” or “bridge” funding.
- Endowments.
- Religious purposes.
- Loans or assistance to individuals.
- Medical or academic research (except where requested by a donor).
- Activities that occurred before the Women’s Fund’s decision date.

Pre-Application Information:

The Women’s Fund grant application deadline is June 15 each year. There is only one grant round per year.

All Women’s Fund applications and attachments must be submitted through the online form.

You will be notified of the grant decision approximately eight weeks after the deadline date.

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Contact Information:

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


Questions about the Fund and its application process may be directed to

Women’s Fund of Central New York
c/o Central New York Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street
Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel: 315.422.9538

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, and Oswego Counties

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