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Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Programs That Benefit Women and Children

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Austin Community Foundation - Women's Fund

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 Noon


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and government units in eligible regions for programs that improve the lives of women and children in local communities. Funding is intended for activities in the focus areas of child care, housing, education, and unintended pregnancy prevention. In addition, funding is available to recognize the work of an emerging nonprofit with a smaller operating budget. Eligible organizations must operate in the six-county Central Texas region of Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties.

Impact Areas:

  • Housing: Projects that increase supportive services for women and children living in affordable housing
  • Child Care: Projects that increase access to quality child care for low-income families
  • Education: Projects that support a path to post-secondary success and participation in the workforce
  • Unintended Pregnancy Prevention: Projects that increase access to, and education on, long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs).

The emerging category aims to recognize the impactful work undertaken by organizations with smaller annual operating budgets. Compelling applications in this grant opportunity address one or more of the Women's Fund strategy areas above, emphasize depth over breadth and are in the process of building resources to scale their impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155297

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 awarded in 2020 for four grants in Impact Areas, and up to $15,000 in 2020 as part of the emerging nonprofit grant opportunity.

Term of Contract:

Two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations working in the six-county Central Texas region, which consists of Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and/or be a unit of government.

Emerging nonprofits are defined as organizations that have an annual operating budget less than or equal to $500,000 and have been in good operational standing for at least two years.

In general, the Foundation does not grant funds for:
- Unrestricted general operating expenses
- Endowment funds
- Scholarships
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Fundraising activities or events
- Umbrella funding organizations that intend to distribute funds at their own discretion
- Political lobbying or legislative activities
- Individuals
- Organizations with discriminatory hiring practices based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

The online portal to apply for a Women's Fund grant will open on January 7, 2020. Applications are due February 14, 2020, by noon.

Early submission is always advised to ensure you do not run into any issues submitting your application. Please note the application deadline is 12:00 pm (noon), not midnight, to ensure Foundation staff are available to answer any questions.

Site visits will be conducted March 23 - April 7, 2020, and award decisions will be announced early May 2020.

The Grant Award Breakfast will take place on May 19, 2020, 7:30 - 9:00 AM.

Upon accepting a 2-year grant, funded partners are required to take a year off before applying for a Women's Fund grant opportunity again.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online from January 7, 2020.

Kim Theodore Sidey, Program Manager

Austin Community Foundation
4315 Guadalupe Street, Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78751

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USA: Texas: Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, and Williamson Counties

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