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Women and Girls’ Fund Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits to
Enhance the Lives of Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Main Street Community Foundation - Women and Girls’ Fund

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of women and girls in the towns of Bristol, Plainville, Burlington, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott. Applicants must contact program staff at least seven days prior to the deadline to discuss their proposals. Funding is intended for programs that will enable women and girls to obtain the skills and competencies to develop their potential and improve the quality of their lives.

Preference will be given to proposals that identify ways the organization will build its capacity as a tool for programmatic and organizational sustainability in one or more of the following categories:

- Increasing the program’s impact and reach through collaborations or partnerships
- Responding to changing or emerging needs in the community
- Demonstrating that there is an established need if this is a new program
- Leveraging or generating other funding or resources
- Enhancing an existing program to encourage and promote sustainability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162126

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

- The organization is either a public institution or private tax-exempt organization engaged in charitable activities defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

- Either the organization and/or the program for which funding is requested must be located in the Women & Girls’ Fund's service area and be of benefit to its female residents. Strong documentation must be provided from out-of area agencies that females from our service area are served, and such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Fund's service area includes the following cities and towns in Connecticut: Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott.

- An agency is not eligible for a grant from the Women & Girls’ Fund more than three years in a row. Agencies must wait one year before applying again.

Projects not generally funded by the Women & Girls’ Fund include, but are not limited to the following:

-Operating/budget deficits
-Previously incurred obligations
-Endowments, research, political and/or lobbying activities
-Property repairs and maintenance
-Day-to-day general operating expenses
-Fundraising events
-Loans and memorials
-Immediate response funds

Grants will not be made to governmental agencies unless it is determined that overriding special circumstances exist. If a requesting organization exists on tax-based funding, the Women & Girls’ Fund will treat each request on a case-by-case basis, and evaluate the particular nature and need expressed in the proposal. Grants are not made to individuals. Religiously affiliated or supported organizations may solicit grants for secular, non-sectarian projects; however, grants for religious activities will not be entertained.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants must contact Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs, or Kate Kerchaert, Program Officer, to discuss any ideas and applications. Applicants must call at least 7 days prior to the grant application deadline to discuss the proposed project and to determine eligibility.

This grant cycle opens on July 15, with applications due by 4:00 PM on September 14, 2018.

Preview the grant guidelines on the online application site below by clicking on 2018 Women and Girls' Fund.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs
860.583.6363 ext. 152

Kate Kerchaert, Program Officer

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2702
Bristol, Connecticut 06011-2702

Physical address:
120 Halcyon Drive
Bristol, Connecticut 06010

Note: MSCF's offices are located at the end of the cul-de-sac. If you are traveling via GPS or online directions, enter 1 Halcyon Drive as the destination.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott