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Women's and Girls' Fund Grants

Grants to Kern County, California Nonprofits for
Education Programs that Benefit Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kern Community Foundation - Women's and Girls' Fund

LOI Date:

11/09/17

Deadline Date:

01/26/18 5:00 PM PT

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Kern County, California nonprofit organizations for education-related programs and projects that benefit women and girls. Letters of Intent are due by November 9. The Foundation values social-change grantmaking that focuses on long-term solutions to societal problems facing women and girls throughout Kern County.

Funding will be provided for proposals that address the following issues pertaining to educational attainment for women and girls:

Grades K-8
- Increase the percentage of girls scoring in the “advance/proficient” level on the California Standardized Test or equivalent test.
- Increase literacy including educational success for English learners.
- Encourage interest in STEM fields of study.

Grades 9-12
- Increase the percentage of girls scoring in the “advance/proficient” level on the California Standardized Test or equivalent test.
- Decrease need for remediation in math, English, and reading in college.
- Improve success in A-G course requirements for college readiness.
- Increase the graduation rate from high school.
- Increase literacy including educational success for English learners.
- Provide vocational training with an emphasis on living-wage occupations.
- Provide opportunity for success in STEM fields of study.

Post-high school/adult education:
- Increase the graduation rate from college.
- Provide opportunity for success in STEM fields of study.
- Provide vocational training with an emphasis on living-wage occupations.
- Increase literacy

The Foundation will consider grants designed to foster a strong work ethic; reliability and dependability; a positive attitude; being self-motivated; skills in problem-solving, time-management, and communication; self-confidence; and the ability to work in a team structure.

The Foundation is most interested in and will give prime consideration to efforts that:

- Address root causes of problems faced by women and girls
- Go beyond providing direct services to create underlying and sustainable social change for women and girls as a group
- Explore new approaches to solving an issue when status quo has limited effect
- Ensure sustainable impact beyond the year that grant monies are received
- Cause shifts in individual/community behaviors
- Increase skills and/or access to resources for constituents, propelling them to self-sufficiency
- Produce leadership from the constituency most directly affected
- Have the capacity for impact that extends beyond the women and girls immediately involved in the project
- Provide potential for replication to multiple sites/communities
- Develop ongoing collaboration between the applicant organization and other organizations in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163027

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant request: $25,000

Term of Contract:

Funding is typically for one year only. Multi-year grant requests may be considered, but applicant should also be prepared to accept one year’s funding only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations should have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation or fiscal agent. All organizations seeking funds must have a presence in Kern County and all programs must benefit women or girls within Kern County.

The Women’s and Girls’ Fund will not provide grants to: individuals, political
campaigns, one-time events, capital fund drives, litigation, programs inconsistent with non-discrimination statutes, religious causes, endowments, reimbursements, scholarships, businesses or for-profit organizations, government agencies except public school districts (although we prefer to grant to a foundation associated with the district), programs that do not specifically address the needs of Kern County women or girls, or any organization that limits options.

Pre-proposal Conference:

January 10, 2018 (Noon - 1:30 p.m.) - Optional writing tutorial for this grant (Bring Your Own Lunch; applicants invited to submit full proposals are encouraged to attend).

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the policies and procedures.

Please Note:

- All requested follow-up reports for previous grants from the Foundation (including The Women’s and Girls’ Fund) must be on file before an agency can apply for additional funding.

- Nonprofits submitting full applications should have their organizational profile online at Kern Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Search. Contact the Foundation for more information and assistance. (See: http://kernfoundation.org/index.php?page_id=32)

- Interested applicants may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) on the Foundation’s Online Grant Platform. For this year's grant cycle, it is due November 9, 2017.

Grantmaking Cycle:

September 11, 2017 – (Noon) Announcement of Focus Area and LOIs open for Kern nonprofits
November 9, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Pacific Time - PT used for all deadlines) - Letters of Intent due online
December 8, 2017 - Invitations / Declinations to Provide Full Proposal are Emailed
January 10, 2018 (Noon - 1:30 p.m.) - Optional writing tutorial for this grant (Bring Your Own Lunch; applicants invited to submit full proposals are encouraged to attend)
January 26, 2018 (5:00 p.m.) - Full Proposal Applications Due Online
February 7, 2018 (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) - Applicant interviews with Grants Allocation Committee
February 16, 2018 - Grantees notified (provisional notice, pending Board approval)
March 31, 2018 (approximately) - Signed Grant Agreements Due
TBA April/May 2018 - Grants Awarded at Annual Luncheon of The Women's 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.

Click here to apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=kernfoundation

If you have questions please contact Manager of Community Impact, Louis Medina, at 661.616.2603 or louis@kernfoundation.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Kern County