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The Women's Fund of Essex County Grant

Grants to Essex County, Massachusetts Nonprofits for Health,
Self-Sufficiency, and Empowerment for Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) - The Women's Fund of Essex County

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Grants of up to $10,000 per year to Essex County, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for health, wellness, leadership, and self-sufficiency programs for women and girls. Funding is intended to support organizations that serve needy or at-risk women and girls. Eligible programs are those that have a demonstrated success but require an additional infusion of funding to maximize their impact.

From skills training and employment-readiness, to the promotion of health and well being, financial literacy, empowerment and mentoring, The Women's Fund supports a wide range of programming targeted to helping women and girls grow stronger and more self-sufficient.

More details on the program areas are as follows:

Economic Self-Sufficiency and Security

- College-, employment-, and career-readiness
- Stay-in-school mentoring and academic-success strategies
- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) support
- Access to employment opportunities
- Financial planning
- Homelessness solutions

Health and Well-Being

- Safety and security
- Gender, language and cultural barriers
- Self-esteem
- Prevention of abuse, harassment and bullying
- Health promotion
- Addiction recovery

Leadership and Empowerment

- Leadership skills for girls, teens and women
- Gender barriers
- Mentoring
- Engaging women and girls in leadership roles

Grants will be made with a one- to three-year commitment to the programs funded. Agencies are invited to apply for funding each year with a different program. Each program that is funded is eligible for consideration every three years. Grants will be awarded up to $10,000 per year not to exceed $20,000 over three years for each program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177064

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to $10,000 in any one year but not to exceed $20,000 over three years for each program. (Please note that $10,000 will only be granted one year of a multi-year grant.)

Term of Contract:

The Women’s Fund provides a one-year to a three-year commitment for funded programs, with a preference for multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Women's Fund supports nonprofit programs serving the residents of Essex County, Massachusetts. Preference will be given to organizations located in Essex County.

The Women’s Fund is limited to nonsectarian programming for women and girls of Essex County of all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Programs sponsored by religious organizations are eligible provided that enrollment is open to all qualified women and girls and the program is free of mandatory sectarian religious instruction.

Generally, grants will not be awarded:
-To individuals
-To agencies with pending 501(c)3 status
-For debt or deficit reduction
-For political purposes
-For sectarian or religious purposes
-For endowment or capital campaigns
-For research or feasibility studies

Pre-Application Information:

Application process:

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Please note that The Women’s Fund will not be the sole funder of a program.

Applications must be received no later than the first business day in December.

Once all applications are received, The Grants Allocation Committee of The Women’s Fund carefully reviews applications beginning in early December and makes site visits in January, February and March to qualifying agencies. The Committee vets final decisions in early April and makes recommendations for approval by The Women’s Fund Advisory Board and ultimately by the Essex County Community Foundation Board of Trustees.
Agency grant awards are announced May 1st of each year.

A completed budget form (attached below) must be included with your application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Hehershe Busuego
Program Officer
Essex County Community Foundation
175 Andover Street, Suite 101, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel: 978-777-8876 x128

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USA: Massachusetts: Essex County