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Grants to New York Nonprofits for Women's
Economic Development and Leadership on Long Island

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Women’s Fund of Long Island

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Long Island, New York nonprofit and grassroots organizations for programs or projects that provide direct services, education and training for women and girls in Nassau or Suffolk Counties. Focus areas include economic opportunity, financial stability, gender equity, women’s rights and leadership.

Funding Area Details:

1. Economic Opportunity & Financial Stability
• Programs that respond to the needs of women and girls affected by the current economic climate;
• Workforce development including job skills development and training;
• Career planning and development especially in non-traditional fields such as science, technology, engineering, math, and the trades;
• Financial literacy and financial education programs;
• Microenterprise and microfinance programs that support small business services and financing for women business owners;
• Programs that respond to distinct needs of immigrant women and children.

2. Gender Equity & Women’s Rights
• Anti-bullying, anti-discrimination and women’s human rights;
• Women’s workplace rights and pay equity;
• Gender equity in education;
• Education, training and direct services that target violence against women and girls;
• Educational efforts that promote women and gender rights;
• Increasing women’s political and civic engagement in ways that promote gender equality and women’s rights.

3. Leadership
• Leadership development for women, young women and/or girls;
• Self-esteem building and mentorship;
• Political empowerment and civic engagement;
• Workshops that train others to provide leadership skills to women and girls;
• Capacity building and training efforts for women and girls working on women and girls programs.

Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate collaboration with other organizational partners and to those who articulate increased impact provided by WFLI funds. WFLI also prioritizes organizations that work with women and girls from underserved communities and those who work to counter particularly challenging circumstances, including but not limited to economic, social, immigration and educational factors.

The Fund does not provide support for:

• General operating support for organizations with budgets over $350,000;
• Sponsorship of events;
• Projects or programs located outside of Nassau or Suffolk counties;
• Scholarships or tuition;
• Religious programs and projects for religious purposes;
• Capital campaigns or endowments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147452

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $10,000. Average is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

One year, for up to three years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be considered from organizations that:

• Provide programs and services to women and girls on Long Island.
• Have women in primary leadership and decision-making roles on both board and staff.
• Demonstrate effective financial health and fiscal prudence.
• Encourage and welcome diversity.
• Have not received consecutive grants from WFLI for the past three years in a row.
• Have a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status or the use of a fiscal sponsor with such status.
• Have a demonstrated capacity to fulfill goals of the proposed program or project.
• Collaborative efforts between organizations is encouraged.
• Priority will be given to organizations or groups in which women are the primary decision makers demonstrated by leadership positions and/or governance of the organization.
• Priority will be given to smaller, grassroots organizations with limited access to other donors. Larger organizations may apply for start-up program grants, but may not apply for general operating support. No general operating support will be provided to agencies with budgets over $350,000.
• Organizations that have not been previously funded by Women’s Fund of Long Island are encouraged to apply.
• Organizations may receive funds for 3 consecutive years, and then must take 2 years off before applying again.

Funding is not intended for individuals.

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

Nicole Thigpen Felix, President
516-396-9857 Ext. 9

Women's Fund of Long Island
1740 Old Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY 11753

Grant Coverage Areas:

Nassau or Suffolk Counties

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