Foundation / Corporation
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO)
10/16/17 5:00 PM - Deadline for Direct Service Grants; 08/03/17 - Deadline for Public Policy Grants.
Grants ranging from $15,000 to $35,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to promote the economic empowerment of women. LOIs for the Direct Service Grants are due by August 3. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.
WFCO invests in programs and organizations that apply a gender lens to their work. The Foundation hopes to support organizations that share the commitment to supporting the most vulnerable women in Colorado, and that respond to the unique strengths and challenges of diverse women in their communities.
Grantees will demonstrate knowledge of and deep engagement with their own communities, and will work with women, other nonprofit organizations, government entities, and corporations to open opportunities and eliminate disparities so that more women can move from surviving to thriving.
WFCO will make grants to support two areas. Selected grantees in both areas will participate in two to three convenings annually, as part of a community that will learn, measure impact, and improve outcomes for Colorado women and families together.
1) Public Policy Grants
WFCO will provide grants to a cohort of public policy organizations that advance systems-level changes to strengthen the economic self-sufficiency of women in Colorado. The Foundation understands that public policy is complex and leads to long-term impacts beyond a single year, and WFCO is interested in supporting nonprofits that demonstrate the expertise and capacity to advance policies with statewide impact. WFCO is interested in work that achieves short-term, policy-driven outcomes on its way to long-term impacts.
With this in mind, WFCO is interested in funding policy proposals that will use a gender lens to advance the following WFCO public policy priorities:
-Address root causes of poverty and promote economic self-sufficiency
-Advance opportunities to achieve a livable wage and pay equity
-Expand access to work supports, training, and education
-Improve Colorado's tax and budget policies to allow for sufficient resources to be dedicated to WFCO priorities
-Promote and protect issues and rights aligned with the core values of The Women's Foundation of Colorado
Public policy grantees will be expected to participate in three convenings with WFCO and fellow public policy and direct service grantees each year, during which participants will learn together and share best practices. Grantees will also be expected to regularly report on progress and to participate in a shared project evaluation with fellow grantees and WFCO that will assess agreed upon indicators of progress and provide feedback on what’s working and what can be improved.
2) Direct Service Grants
WFCO will provide grants to a cohort of nonprofit organizations that provide education or training, engage women in career pathways, and facilitate access to comprehensive supports so that more low-income women of diverse backgrounds and identities have the tools to find and keep livable wage jobs. WFCO prioritizes programs that work in under- resourced communities in Colorado and those that serve women facing barriers to achieving a livable wage. WFCO is interested in funding proposals that do the following:
-Engage women in career pathways through education and/or training, especially through fostering skills associated with high-demand fields that offer livable wages in their communities. WFCO is especially encourage proposals that help connect women’s individual interests and passions with career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields
-Provide (either themselves or through partnership) access to soft skills training and support for women who need it, to ensure job attainment and retention
-Connect women with livable wage careers through community partnerships, such as with local employers, educational institutions, or workforce development centers
-Provide (either directly or through partnership) necessary supports, which may include childcare, housing, behavioral health care, transportation, financial literacy training, or address other systemic and historic barriers that make it possible for women to find and keep livable wage jobs by overcoming the barriers standing in their way. WFCO especially encourages proposals that do so as a part of a two-generation strategy
-Demonstrate how their work is likely to move women served to earning a livable wage in three to five years
-Demonstrate how their work builds on the strengths and meets the specific needs of their community, and how they reach, respond to, and work with the diverse women in their community through meaningful resident engagement practices and commitment to equity
Direct service grantees will be expected to participate in two convenings per year with direct service and public policy grantees, during which organizations will learn together, share best practices, and help WFCO understand the unique strengths and challenges in their community. Grantees will also be expected to regularly report on progress and to participate in a shared project evaluation with fellow grantees and WFCO that will assess agreed upon indicators of progress and provide feedback on what’s working and what can be improved.
These organizations will include large and small organizations and nonprofits that work with women in many different communities in the state.
GrantWatch ID#: 173756
Public Policy and Direct Service Grants: 5 - 10
Public Policy and Direct Service Grant size will range from $15,000 to $35,000.
1) Public Policy Grants:
All 2017 applicants will be applying for one year of funding (November 2017 – November 2018). 2018 grantees may be invited to apply for a second year of funding for 2019, and for a third year of funding for 2020. WFCO anticipates opening up the opportunity to apply for grants to the wider community again for 2021 grants, with an application process to take place in 2020. Though WFCO cannot guarantee future funding, applicants for 2018 funding should be prepared to apply for grants in future years and to participate in the full three-year process.
2) Direct Services Grants:
All applicants will be applying for one year of funding (January 2018 – December 2018). 2018 grantees may be invited to apply for a second year of funding for 2019, and for a third year of funding for 2020. WFCO anticipates opening up the opportunity to apply for grants to the wider community again for 2021 grants, with an application process to take place in 2020. Though WFCO cannot guarantee future funding, applicants for 2018 funding should be prepared to apply for grants in future years and to participate in the full three-year process.
- WFCO invests in organizations that share its core values and use a gender lens.
- 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, and government entities are eligible to apply.
- 501(c)(4) organizations are not eligible to apply.
- WFCO does not fund grants to individuals, capital campaigns, or one-day conferences or events.
- Only programs and services that target women in Colorado are eligible for funding.
- WFCO invests in stable nonprofit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal management.
- WFCO is especially interested in funding work with a STEM component and/or two-generation strategies.
- While WFCO will consider applications from new nonprofit organizations or programs, such organizations will need to demonstrate strong plans and likely impact in WFCO’s focus areas to be competitive.
- The Foundation encourages applications from small nonprofits in rural areas and nonprofit organizations rooted in communities of color.
- The Women’s Foundation of Colorado encourages collaborative proposals. If you
are considering submitting a collaborative application, call first to discuss your plans.
- While faith-based organizations are eligible to receive grants, funds cannot be used for proselytizing or promoting religious beliefs. Funds also cannot be used for programs that require participants or beneficiaries to adhere to, hold, or express a general or particular religious belief.
- The opportunity to apply is not a guarantee of funding. It is likely that awarded grants will be lower than the amount requested.
The Foundation will be hosting Strategic Plan learning sessions that include a special Grantmaking Workshop throughout the month of June. Light refreshments will be served.
Denver, June 1, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 PM
1901 E. Asbury Ave., 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80208
Pueblo, June 12, 2017
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Pueblo Community College
900 W. Orman Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004
Colorado Springs, June 13
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Catalyst Campus - Harvey House
555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Vail Valley, June 16
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Colorado Mountain College at Edwards Auditorium
150 Miller Ranch Rd
Edwards, CO 81632
Fort Collins, June 19
8:00 - 10:00 AM
City of Fort Collins Building
215 N. Mason St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Boulder, June 20
8:00 - 10:00 AM
2222 14th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Program staff will also be hosting a Grantmaking Workshop webinar on Wednesday, June 21 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
Additionally, you can review the slides for the in-person and webinar workshop (attached below).
All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to call program staff before submitting a proposal.
1) Public Policy Grant Application Timeline:
-June 1, 2017: Grant Guidelines released
-August 3, 2017: Deadline for all Public Policy grant applications
-October 1 - October 15, 2017: WFCO staff and volunteers will conduct site visits or phone calls with select applicants
-Mid November 2017: Grant award notification
-September 2018: Grantee progress report and 2019 funding requests due
2) Direct Service Grant Application Timeline:
-June 1, 2017: Grant Guidelines released
-August 3, 2017: Deadline for Letters of Interest (LOI) for Livable Wage Direct Service Grants
-September 1, 2017: Selected organizations that submitted LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal
-September 1 - September 15, 2017: WFCO staff will conduct calls with all organizations invited to submit a full application to discuss applications, answer questions, and schedule site visits
-October 16, 2017: Deadline for Livable Wage Direct Service applications
-November 9 - December 6, 2017: Site visits conducted
-Mid-January 2018: Grant award notification
-November 2018: Grant progress report and 2019 funding requests due
Deadline for both Grant Programs are at 5:00 PM.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To learn more and sign up for the June Grantmaking Workshops, please click here:
Sign up for the June 21 Grantmaking Workshop Webinar here:
Alison Friedman, Manager of Programs