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Women's Fund Grants

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs to
Improve the Financial Security of Local Women and Children

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Austin Community Foundation - Women's Fund

Deadline Date:

01/28/21 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and units of government to improve the financial security of women and children in eligible counties. Funding is intended for general operating support. Eligible programs may align with one of the following areas of focus: education, women's health, child care, housing, or unintended pregnancy prevention. Eligible programs are those that benefit residents in the six county Central Texas region, which includes Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties.

The Austin Community Foundation believes that maintaining the economic security of women and children is essential to closing the opportunity gap in Central Texas, and the foundation understands that this cannot be done without addressing the racial wealth and health divide faced by women of color. 

This grants cycle, the Women’s Fund will award funding to organizations and programs in the following categories:

  • Housing – Provide affordable housing opportunities that include a network of support and/or opportunities for long-term wealth building.
  • Child Care – Increase access to affordable, convenient, cultural competent, and quality child care for low-income families.
  • Education – Provide access to an ecosystem of support – financial, emotional, and academic – for women pursuing educational dreams.
  • Women’s Health – Focus on reducing health disparities faced by women of color.
  • Unintended Pregnancy Prevention – Provide access to consumable, unbiased pregnancy prevention resources.

Preference will be shown to applicants whose board, staff and leadership reflect racial and gender diversity and address multiple Women’s Fund impact areas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155297

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Number of Grants:

20

Estimated Size of Grant:

One winning finalist – a $40,000 multi-year grant over 2 years – $20,000 in 2021 and $20,000 in 2022
One runner-up finalist – $20,000
Two semifinalists – $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Additional eligibility considerations:

- All applicants must be tax-exempt organizations or units of government serving the six county Central Texas region; Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis or Williamson.
- Proposals will be considered from organizations that engage in non-lobbying advocacy work. Organizations doing systems change level work such as educating the public about issues, community organizing, policy research and other non-lobbying advocacy activities may apply.
- Proposals will be considered from religious organization that engage in non-religious programming. Religious organizations will need to demonstrate that their work aligns with the Women’s Fund strategies is secular in nature and does not discriminate against any employees or clients based on religion.
- Organizations that were awarded Women’s Fund grants in 2020 are eligible to apply, but must submit a progress report along with their application. Progress reports may be accessed via the ACF grant portal.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due online at 5 pm CST on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Timeline
- Application opens: December 10, 2020
- Applications due: January 28, 2021 at 5 pm CST
- Learning Sessions with semifinalists: March 22 – April 16, 2021
- Award decisions announced: May 11, 2021

One application can be submitted to multiple pillars (grant categories like housing, education, etc.). Applicants will have an opportunity to address each pillar and how their programming supports each strategy.

While applicants can be considered in multiple impact areas, they may only proceed to the semi-finalist stage in one category. If recommended as a semi-finalist in more than one impact area, the category in which the applicant scored/ranked highest will be the category in which they are considered for funding.

Women's Fund Impact Areas: https://www.austincf.org/community-impact/womens-fund/

Contact Information:

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

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Austin Community Foundation
4315 Guadalupe Street, Suite 300, TX 78751
512.472.4483

Grant Coverage Areas:

Eligible programs are those that benefit residents in the six county Central Texas region, which includes Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties.

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USA: Texas: Bastrop County, Burnet County, Caldwell County, Hays County, Travis County, or Williamson County

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