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Fund for Women and Girls Grants

Grants to Mercer County, New Jersey Nonprofits for Programs
Addressing the Needs of Local Women and Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Princeton Area Community Foundation - Fund for Women and Girls

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

05/17/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to greater Mercer County, New Jersey nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that benefit local women and children. The primary focus of funding will be on programs addressing the needs of young children, ages 0-5, and their caregivers in the areas of education and/or childcare, parenting support services, and prenatal and maternal health.

A target of up to 25% of our grantmaking may be allocated to leadership and mentoring proposals in support of women and girls (of any age).

The Fund will consider projects/programs that support developmental building blocks such as physical and mental health, cognitive and social learning programs, and healthy parenting, as well as projects/programs that support families’ basic needs, such as transportation, childcare, and nutrition. FWG will consider investing in capital projects that support these endeavors.

The Fund places a priority on projects/programs that demonstrate measurable impact, are evidence-based, and grounded in best practices. The Fund encourages proposals that foster collaboration among organizations and welcome those that demonstrate innovative ways of thinking about old problems.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170765

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund awards grants of up to $25,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The Fund awards one-year grants. Organizations may be invited to apply for multi-year grants of up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code are eligible for funding. Eligible nonprofit organizations must be registered with the State of New Jersey as a charity, unless they are religious organizations or schools that file their curricula with the Department of Education and are exempted from the provisions of the New Jersey Charitable Registration and Investigation Act. (For further information on New Jersey charitable registration go to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs web site at

Non-discrimination policy: The Fund for Women and Girls will only support organizations that promote inclusiveness and that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Not funded:

- Endowment-building campaigns
- Fundraising appeals, events, and routine expenses of raising money
- Field trips, unless part of a larger educational effort
- Sports teams, unless part of a larger educational effort
- Sponsorship of conventions
- Lobbying and other political activities
- Fraternal and religious activities
- Tax-supported and government-operated basic programs and services (e.g., core curricular school activities or essential police and fire services)

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Princeton Area Community Foundation offers Grant Information Sessions for all interested applicants at its office, located at 15 Princess Road, Suite A, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, on designated dates in April. These sessions acquaint participants with the grant guidelines and application process, and provide opportunities to ask specific questions. Attendance at an information session is not a prerequisite to apply for a grant.

April 23, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Fund For Women and Girls Information Session

May 10, 2019 - 11:30 am
Fund for Women and Girls Annual Luncheon
West Windsor

Event schedule:

Pre-Application Information:

The Fund for Women and Girls accepts completed applications in April and May. The Fund for Women and Girls’ Grants Committee members evaluate proposals from June through September, making occasional site visits. The Grants Committee selects four to six finalists in September; organizations that are not finalists receive notification at this time.7.

The finalists will be asked to make a brief presentation at FWG’s Annual Grantmaking Dinner in late fall, followed by voting (based on voting criteria outlined in the FWG’s Charter) to select the organizations that will receive one-year and multi-year grants.

2019 Timetable Summary:

- Mon. April 8 – Fri. May 17 Online application submission process
- Thurs. April 11 at 9:30 AM &
- Tues. April 23 at 3:00 PM Grant Information Sessions
- Fri. May 17 at 5:00 PM 2019 Application Deadline
- June - September Application review and site visits
- Thurs. November 7 Annual Grantmaking Dinner and voting to select grant recipients

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:

Diana D. Leighton
Vice President, Philanthropy Programs

15 Princess Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Greater Mercer County