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Community Action Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Individuals, and IHEs
to Improve the Lives of Girls and Women

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American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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Grants starting at $2,000 to USA and territories nonprofits, individuals, funding source affiliates, and universities to address issues facing girls and women. Funding may also be used for educational programming that informs the public about these issues.

AAUW encourages proposals for projects that
- Use innovative approaches to address local community needs or build links among community partners
- Build partnerships between schools and community organizations

Special consideration is given to
- Projects directed by or collaborating with AAUW branches and states
- Projects focused on K–14 (including two-year colleges) women and girls’ achievement in math, science, and/or technology
- Projects that include community partners (Community partners might include local schools or school districts, businesses, and other community-based organizations.)

Types of Grants:
- One-year grants provide funding for community-based projects. Topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that advances equity for women and girls.
- Two-year grants provide start-up funds for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership, advocacy, or training opportunities. Funds support planning activities, coalition building, implementation, and evaluation. The application is for one grant that covers a two-year period. AAUW expects that the project may evolve and change somewhat over the course of the grant period; however, second-year funding is contingent upon the successful completion of the first year of the grant.

The proposed activity must take place within the United States or its territories. The proposed activity must have direct community or public impact.

The following criteria apply to the selection of Community Action Grants:
- Relevance of the proposed project to the mission of AAUW
- Strength of the project rationale — the project meets a demonstrable, documented local need
- Clarity and creativity of the project design — the project has (1) clear and specific outcomes and (2) is original and/or innovative in its approach to achieving those outcomes
- Sustainability/impact of the project — the project (1) reaches underserved audiences, (2) builds connections with diverse individuals and organizations, (3) has potential for AAUW branch or state involvement/visibility, (4) has potential for long-term impact, and (5) has potential for long-term sustainability beyond the grant period
- Feasibility of the project — (1) proposed activities will logically lead to desired outcomes/achievement of goals, (2) the project time frame is realistic, (3) the budget is adequate and expenses are justified in the budget narrative, (4) there is adequate support from collaborative organizations and community partners, (5) the project director is qualified to direct the project, and if an AAUW branch, AAUW state, or nonprofit applicant, the organization has the capacity to carry out the project
- Strength of the evaluation plan — (1) specific evaluation methods are proposed to measure short-term, medium-term, and long-term results, (2) proposed evaluation methods are logical measures of projected outcomes, and (3) resources are adequate to support the proposed methods
- Strength of the dissemination plan — (1) specific dissemination methods are identified, (2) a realistic plan is provided to implement the dissemination, and (3) resources are adequate to support proposed dissemination
- Overall quality of the proposal — the proposal is clear and convincing
- Potential for and/or commitment of additional funds and involvement from community organizations and/or businesses

Funds are available for, but not limited to, project-related expense categories, including
- Postage, mailing, shipping
- Photocopying, duplicating
- Office supplies
- Audiovisual materials
- Project-related telephone costs
- Professional fees or honoraria for speakers or special consultants
- Equipment purchases
- Meals, food, beverages, or lodging for camps or related activities
- Temporary, hourly clerical help
- Lease of facilities (does not include permanent office space)
- Advertising, publicity, graphic design
- Transportation (should be no more than one-third of grant request; $.545 per mile for auto expenses)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175529

Estimated Size of Grant:

- One-Year Grant: $2,000 - $7,000 over one year
- Two-Year Grant: $5,000 - $10,000 over two years

Term of Contract:

- July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020: One-year grant period
- July 1, 2019–June 30, 2021: Two-year grant period

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be individuals, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, or local community-based nonprofit organizations (including universities).
- Project directors must be the applicant and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Nonprofit organizations and universities must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Organizations (including universities) must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. AAUW branch and state applicants must have 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
- Proposals from AAUW branches or states must be approved and signed by the branch or state president.
- Proposals from local community-based nonprofit organizations must be approved and signed by the organization’s executive director.
- Community Action Grants are not available for the development of written work for academic credit or for research that will be used for a degree thesis or dissertation.
- Previous Community Action Grant awardees must wait three application cycles before applying for another grant.
- Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.

Two-year grants are not for existing projects.

Grant projects may not seek to influence new or pending legislation or favor a particular political candidate or party.

Grant projects must be nonsectarian and may not seek to promote a particular religion or denomination.

Funds are not available for the following:
- Salaries or stipends for project directors or permanent positions
- Tuition
- Higher education scholarships for students and participants
- Building funds, construction, or renovations
- Travel expenses for activities not within the scope of the project
- Overhead or general operating expenses for any organization or nonprofit organization
- Personal expenses, shelter, or life, medical, and health insurance
- Previous expenditures, deficits, or loans
- Creating or providing grants to other organizations
- Copyright or attorney fees
- Fundraising activities

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for AAUW Community Action Grants are open August 1–December 1.

- December 1, 2018: Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents
- April 15, 2019: Notification of decisions emailed to applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
- July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020: One-year grant period
- July 1, 2019–June 30, 2021: Two-year grant period

When a deadline or notification date falls on a weekend, the date will be observed on the following business day.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Phone: 202.785.7700
Fax: 202.872.1425
TDD: 202.785.7777

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