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Core Grants Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible Communities
for Programs that Support Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/21/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofits and organizations that serve women and girls in eligible communities for programming, capacity building, or operational support. Funding is intended to help ensure that girls and women have the chance to thrive and are equipped with the resources to do so. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to women and girls in Chester County.

CCFWG will support organizations that address the following priorities:

  • Meet the core needs of women and girls;
  • Improve access to economic opportunities for women and girls;
  • Promote health and wellness by addressing needs specifically related to the health of women and girls; and
  • Invest in systems and sustainable change efforts to challenge gender inequality

CCFWG will give preference to applicants that:

  • Advance CCFWG’s message and focus on women and girls
  • Have a track record of collaboration and partnerships with other organizations
  • Have limited access to large grants and do not have the resources of larger non-profits

Examples of services provided by our grantees include, but are not limited to:

  • Vocational training and workforce preparation
  • STEM programming for girls
  • Case management for teenage mothers
  • Improved access to women’s health service
  • Domestic violence services
  • Housing and homelessness prevention
  • Campaign to raise awareness about gender disparity in number of locally elected officials
  • Youth development programming focused on girls leadership and/or empowerment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167246

Number of Grants:

5-10 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Beginning in 2020, all core grants awarded will be two-year grants. The funding grant period is a 24-month period where funding for Year Two is dispersed after CCFWG determines that the grantee continues to satisfy the grant requirements and funds remain available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for CCFWG grants:
- Non-profit organizations that demonstrate tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3)
- Groups or organizations that submit an application through a fiscal sponsor, i.e., a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) that agrees to accept funds on its behalf.

Additionally, though an organization does not need to be located within the county, all applicants must demonstrate a commitment to women and girls in Chester County.

Any organization applying for a general operating or capacity building grant must demonstrate that women, girls, or mothers and their children in Chester County make up at least 75% of the organization’s total target population.

Organizations applying for program or project support must demonstrate one of the following:
1) 100% of the recipient of services supported by a CCFWG grant are women, girls, or mothers and their children in Chester County; or
2) the proposed work will produce impacts that increase resources and opportunities for women and girls in Chester County.

CCFWG does not provide grants for:
- Capital expenditures, equipment, endowments, special events
- Advertising, publishing or promotional materials
- Conferences or one-time educational workshops
- Government agencies or individuals
- Political campaigns or lobbying organizations
- Projects with an objective to restrict or limit a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices
- Religious programs (however, programs run by religious organizations may qualify)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional Information Session Conference Calls:
- December 17, 2019, at 3:00pm
- December 19, 2019, at 10:00am.

No registration is required.

- Dial: 215-383-1625
- Code: 495389

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is January 21, 2020, 5:00 PM.

Application Timeline:
- 2020 Core Grant Application opens: December 10, 2019
- Optional Information Session Conference Calls: December 17th, 2019 at 3:00pm and December 19th, 2019 at 10:00am
- Grant Application deadline: January 21st, 2020 at 5:00pm
- Fund Site Visits: March 2nd – March 31st, 2020
- Grant Notification: mid May 2020

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For technical assistance with your grant application, please contact:
Brandon Szerenyi, Director of Operations

To learn more, please contact:
Michelle Legaspi Sanchez, Executive Director

Michelle Legaspi-Sanchez, Executive Director

Chester County Fund for Women and Girls
113 E. Evans Street, Suite A
West Chester, PA 19380

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